If you happen to be looking for an easy, decadent chocolate dessert, this One Layer Fudge Cake will fit the bill! Plus, it’s perfect when you need a smaller dessert. One of my friends served this exquisite chocolate cake last night for a birthday party, and it just reinforced how incredible this recipe tastes! I practically licked my plate clean.
A chocolate cake is pretty much a given on December 27. That’s the date of my oldest’s birthday. Any other day of the year a luscious Chocolate Lasagna would make the family swoon, but for a birthday, it must be cake. It doesn’t matter that we still had 3/4 of a Chocolate Mousse Torte in the fridge. We had to honor the kid who drew the short straw as far as birthdays are concerned.
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One Layer Fudge Cake
It’s difficult when your special day is so close to Christmas. Mom is tired of cooking, mom is tired of shopping. There may have been some IOU’s this time around. But I did make certain there was a chocolate cake. And a one layer cake is perfect when you’ve been overindulging your way through the holidays.
Single Layer Chocolate Cake
This year, a one layer fudge cake topped with a decadent, glossy ganache was selected for the celebration. When I showed the birthday boy this photo on the Fine Cooking website, he quickly agreed with my choice. You cannot go wrong with an Alice Medrich recipe when it comes to chocolate desserts. But besides birthdays, this single layer cake is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or if you’re celebrating with your favorite girlfriends, “Galentine’s Day.”
Easy and Decadent
Dense and moist with a glossy coat of ganache, this one layer fudge cake was so easy to put together. No worries about lining up layers, piping decorations or fiddling with leveling. Bake, cool and coat. It was as simple as that. And it was as superb in taste as it was a breeze to assemble.
You’ll definitely want to whip up this single layer chocolate cake for the chocoholic in your life. We sent the leftovers home with Tom. I’m certain he and his roommates finished it for breakfast. That’s a birthday boy’s prerogative.
Tips for Making This One Layer Fudge Cake
This glazed chocolate cake is ideal for when you aren’t feeding a huge crowd. Less leftovers (if any!) and no waste, plus the flavor is out of this world!
- I like lining the bottom of my cake pans with a round of parchment paper. It peels off easily from the baked cake and prevents any cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan. You grease first, add the parchment to the bottom of the pan, then grease the top of the parchment.
- The ganache is too thin if you glaze your cake immediately after making it. It will thicken to a more spreadable, yet still pourable, consistency as it cools but that takes some time. You can always put the ganache in the refrigerator to hasten the process, checking on it and stirring at regular intervals so it doesn’t get too thick. Gently microwave if it gets too thick.
- Adding an extra 4 ounces of chocolate will make a thicker ganache if that’s your preference. But remember that the ganache should still pour so you can get a smooth, glossy coating.
Baking a One Layer Cake
- An underdone cake will sink in the middle as it cools. Make sure to use a toothpick to check to see if the cake is done by inserting it into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, or with just a moist crumb or two, it’s done.
- An additional check is to press or tap the center of the cake with your index finger. If the cake pops back up, it’s fully cooked. If an indentation remains, the cake needs more time.
- When you start smelling a delicious aroma, it means the cake is getting close to being done. Remember, all ovens bake a little differently. Some have hot spots or cook hotter, and others cook cooler than the temperature setting states.
- Purchase an oven thermometeroven thermometer to be sure. No one likes a dry, over baked cake.
How to Make A Gluten Free Version
- One of my friends makes a gluten free version of this one layer fudge cake just by substituting Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour for the flour in equal measurements. I’ve tasted it, and you’d never know the difference.
A group of my blogger girlfriends are sharing some of their favorite recipes for a “Galentine’s Day Party.” A big thanks to my lovely friend, Courtney, of NeighborFood, for gathering us gals together for this Valentine’s Day bash. Be sure to check out all the delectable offerings:
Galentine’s Day Drinks
Blood Orange Bourbon Fizz with Fried Sage from Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Martini from Shanna of Pineapple and Coconut
Ladies’ Night Rum Punch from Lindsay of The Live In Kitchen
Galentine’s Day Brunch
Sweet Potato Cornmeal Waffles with Bourbon Cream and Pecan Butter from Susan of Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Dipped Donuts from Angie of Big Bear’s Wife
Lemon and Ginger Scones from Lauren of Healthy. Delicious.
Galentine’s Day Desserts
Piña Colada Cupcakes from Courtney of Neighborfood
Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Bars from Marly of Namely Marly
Banana Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting from Nancy of Gotta Get Baked
One Layer Fudge Cake from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Double Strawberry Angel Food Cake with Whipped Vanilla Creme Fraiche from Cynthia of Two Red Bowls
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream with Candied Bacon Bits from Steph of Girl Versus Dough
Fruity Dessert Pizza from Morgan of Peaches Please
Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Pecan Bites (Gluten Free!) from Karen of The Food Charlatan
DIY Cheesecake Parfait Bar from Heather of Heather’s Dish
More Chocolate Cake Recipes You’ll Love:
- German Chocolate Cake from Jo Cooks
- Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Death by Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More
- Flourless Double Chocolate Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake from The Stay at Home Chef
Used in This Recipe:
- Round Cake Pan, 8 inch
- Parchment Paper Liners for 8-inch diameter cake pans
- Cooling Rack
- Half Sheet Pan,13″x18″
One Layer Fudge Cake
A smaller version of the perfect chocolate cake!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert, Cake
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 8–12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (some have found the ganache is too runny unless you add the larger amount of chocolate, but I find that 8 ounces is fine if you let it cool to thicken)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
For Cake and Assembling:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces(1/2 cup) butter, melted and warm
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup warm ganache (listed above)
- Make ganache. Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. In a saucepan or via the microwave, heat cream to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Add sugar and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan or line it with parchment.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift the cocoa into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
- In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and vanilla; stir until well blended. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir just until all the flour is moistened.
- Pour the hot water over the batter; stir just until it’s incorporated and the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake about 35 to 40 minutes or till toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of cake and remove from pan to finish cooling on the rack, removing parchment if used.
- Once cool, set the rack over a baking sheet or foil. Pour the warm ganache over the cake and use an offset spatula to spread it over the top of the cake and down the sides. Let set for about an hour before serving.
Adapted from Fine Cooking. Recipe from Alice Medrich
You may find you have extra ganache. I love to make sandwich cookies with two chocolate chip cookies and a thick layer of ganache as the filling.