Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

This Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing is simple, delicious…and sure to become a family favorite!

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Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I grew up in a Southern kitchen. There was always something delicious baking in our kitchen when I came home from school. When I was really young, I just enjoyed eating all of the delicious creations. But as I grew older, I started taking an interest in how to actually make all of the tasty treats. (And of course I still enjoyed eating them, too!)

Today’s post is a second installment in Bon Appetit’s “Out of the Kitchen” series.   When you think about it, cooking and baking is about more than creating delicious food. We all need to eat, but our best food memories are usually more than just the food itself. For me, those memories center around the other people involved.

I still remember when my mother first taught me how to bake a cake (it was this Death by Chocolate Cake). And I have fond memories of the first time I made dinner for my wife in our new house (it was fondue set up on a card table in the middle of our empty living room).  What are your favorite food memories?

Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing
This Death by Chocolate Cake was absolutely a household favorite when I was growing up. You see, it actually took the whole family to make this cake. My mother mixed and baked it while my sister and I fought over who got to lick the bowl. And, of course, Dad was always there to taste test the finished product!

This was the very first cake that I ever learned how to bake, and it’s an easy one since it starts with a boxed mix! I remember my mother first showing me how to use an electric mixer and the difference between the various attachments. (Mom, why can’t I use the whisk attachment for mixing a cake?)

Once baked, a hot fudge icing gets poured on top, and I remember Mom showing me how to use the stove to make the icing. (I also still remember burning my tongue on it because I was too impatient to wait for the fudge icing to cool.) When I think back over my food journey, this Death by Chocolate Cake shows up in a lot of those memories. And man, those are some good memories!

Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

I’d love to hear about some of your food memories. What are your favorites? Do you have a recipe that’s been passed down through the family? (Oh, that reminds me of my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies…I think I ate my weight in those when I was a kid!)

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Did you make this Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

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Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

This Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing is simple, delicious...and sure to become a family favorite!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 534kcal


For the Chocolate Chip Cake

For the Fudge Icing


For the Chocolate Chip Cake

  • Grease and flour a bundt pan; set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips (cake mix, pudding, sour cream, vegetable oil, water, and eggs) together in the bowl of a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, or until batter is smooth and uniformly mixed.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the greased bundt pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (Tip: There may be chocolate on the toothpick due to the chocolate chips in the cake.)
  • Allow cake to cool before flipping onto a large plate.

For the Fudge Icing

  • Using a medium-sized heavy sauce pan, add the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until it reaches a rolling boil. Continue to cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Continue stirring until chips have melted and icing is smooth and fully mixed.
  • Immediately pour icing over top of cooled cake. (Tip: This icing hardens fairly quickly, so you'll need to work fast here.)
  • Allow cake to cool completely before slicing.

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