Mother's Homemade Fudge Cake With Caramel Frosting

October 01, 2021

Everyone needs a go-to fudge cake.

This cake is the homemade fudge cake of your dreams and to make it all the dreamier I have topped it with a homemade Caramel Frosting. 

Both of the recipes are right here and printable too.

I love a dressed up cake! 

So I took to decorating this cake with fresh zinnias from the garden and for Marjorie's Apple Cake I  added a pretty silk flower.


Cocoa cakes are so versatile and have been around for a very long time, in fact they were one of my Mom's most favorite cakes to make.

Cocoa was an ingredient that my Mom (and now myself) always had in her kitchen cupboard.

I would venture to say that most of us have these basic staples in our kitchen; Cocoa, flour, sugar, oil, vanilla salt, baking soda and baking powder.

If you have these along with an egg or two you can make a cake.


I have always enjoyed baking when I have the time, but I sure don't like to be rushed.

I have learned that is perfectly okay to make the cake one day, put it in the freezer and frost it on another day. 

I did not know this in my early years and I wish I had.


Have you ever tried to make a homemade cake in-between car-pooling, tending a cross baby, suffering with a back-ache or being just plain tired?

Well don't even go there, the frustration and agony of defeat will leave you spent and believing that you can't make a cake! But you really can!


With a scenario like this there is a good chance that the precious batter will end up going down the disposal.

There is a place and time for making and baking a cake from scratch, looking back it may not have been with a small child on my hip!


I love the versality of this cocoa batter recipe and it whips up real quick too.

There is enough batter to either make a two layer cake, 24 cupcakes or a Bundt cake. 

Truly this is a Positively Perfect Homemade Cocoa Cake!


The Caramel frosting for this recipe is super tasty.

 But....if you really want to get your kitchen groove on, hop on over to my really fabulous Caramel Icing recipe. It is made in an cast iron skillet!

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy Baking!

Mother's Homemade Fudge Cake With Caramel Icing
Makes one Two Layer Cake or 10 or 12 cup Bundt Pan or 24 cupcakes
Jemma Olson
Prep time
15 Min
Cook time
45 Min
Inactive time
6 Min
Total time
1 H & 6 M

Mother's Homemade Fudge Cake With Caramel Icing

This homemade fudge cake is the cake of your dreams and to make it all the dreamier I have topped it with homemade Caramel Frosting. A beautiful Cake for Holidays or any Special occasion.


Mother's Homemade Fudge Cake With Caramel Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature 
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 large eggs room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Spray cake pans with Bakers Joy to prevent sticking


Mother's Homemade Fudge Cake
  1. PRE-HEAT OVEN 350 degrees. Bake 28-32 Minutes or until center comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted in the middle.
  2. In small saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, salt and water.
  3. Place saucepan with ingredients over medium heat.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly just until butter is melted and all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Using a mixer in a separate bowl combine sugar and eggs mixing well.
  7. Add sour cream mix.
  8. Slowly add sifted flour mixing until all ingredients are moist.
  9. Add vanilla mixing all ingredients well.
  10. Slowly pour cooled cocoa mixture into flour mixture.
  11. Combine until well mixed about 2 minutes on medium speed
  12. Divide the batter evenly (about  2 1/2 cups for two layers)
  13. Poor into greased and flour cake pans, Bundt pan or lined cupcake tin.
Quick Caramel Frosting
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 3-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  5. 2. cups sifted powdered sugar
  7. Combine butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.
  8. Bring to boil over low to medium heat stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes.
  9. Add milk and return to boil over medium stirring constantly about 5-7 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  11. Slowly add sifted powdered sugar into mixture beating with a hand held mixer.
  12. More cream and powdered sugar may be added to reach desired consistency.

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