The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

I made this moist and dense eggless chocolate fudge cake recipe 2 months back for my uncle’s birthday. Didn’t get a chance to blog about it until now. Also captured the video while I was making the cake. Hope to upload it shortly.

I was already too excited that my favorite uncle was visiting us from India and to add to the excitement he was celebrating his birthday too during the short visit! Now that definitely requires a cake and not any ordinary cake but this rich chocolate fudge cake without eggs.

As much as I was planning to bake him a wonderful birthday cake, that was also exactly the time for yet another important religious ceremony at our house and I couldn’t get to the cake as early as I wanted to. That’s when I was searching Pinterest for simple birthday cake ideas and I landed on this one layer fudge cake recipe.

Egg Free Chocolate Fudge Cake

It was perfect because I had just 3 more hours until the evening to bake and frost the cake and making an elaborate two or three layered cake was ruled out. I needed a quick fix recipe which looked and tasted great too. This chocolate fudge cake recipe fit the bill and I began the cake prep.

I had a lot of Kefir at home and decided to use that as an egg substitute for the 2 eggs used in the original recipe. I didn’t make much changes other than that, except for topping the ganache frosting with sprinkles. I have a big list of the best eggless chocolate cake recipes in the blog and this no egg, moist and rich chocolate fudge cake definitely joins the list especially that it’s so easy to put together in a short span of time and yet delivers big on taste and texture.


Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
30 Mins36 Mins12 Servings
The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe
4.5 from 2 reviews
Are you short of time to bake a decadent chocolate fudge cake? Then try this best ever, moist chocolate fudge cake recipe and be wowed and wow others too. It’s surprising how easy it is to put together this cake and yet how great it tastes!
For the cake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and warm
  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot water
For the ganache frosting:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  1. Preheat the oven at 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, kefir and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in the flour mix into the wet mix and stir until just moistened.
  5. Pour in the hot water over the chocolate fudge cake batter and stir until the batter is smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake it for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and cool it on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.
  9. After 10 minutes run a knife around the cake and remove it from the pan and let it cool completely on the wire rack.
  10. Once the fudge cake is 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.
Ganache Frosting Recipe:
  1. Put the chocolate in a medium size heatproof bowl. In a saucepan or in a microwave oven, 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. Start with 1/2 cup cream first, see the consistency of the ganache and then add more warm cream if required to get the ganache to a spreadable consistency.
  2. If planning to top it with sprinkles do it so while the ganache is still warm, so that it will stick to it.
My Notes:
  1. I followed the ganache recipe as it is in the original recipe and it was way too much for the cake. I ended up throwing away a lot of it not wanting to consume so much sugar just to finish it. So I have cut down the recipe in half. You can always make some more if required than wasting.
  2. Add some semisweet chocolate chips to the cake batter to make it a double chocolate fudge cake recipe and some white chocolate chips too to make it a triple chocolate fudge cake recipe.
Nutritional Information for 1 Slice
Calories: 267
Total Fat: 15.7g
Saturated fat: 9.7g
Unsaturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Total Carbohydrate:
Sugars: 22.9g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1g
Protein: 2.0g
Sodium: 140mg
Potassium: 93mg
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  1. AGG

    HI! What is kefir? I mean i checked on the net, and wonder if i can use a thick salt and sugarfree lassi instead? If not, where would kefir be available?
    Cant wait to bake this one!! Going to make it a double fudge one for sure.

    • Madhuram

      Kefir is a probiotic drink made using some starter grains which is a mix of proteins, bacteria etc to ferment milk (it can be dairy or non-dairy). It actually tastes like sour yogurt. So you can use thick lassi. I don’t know where you live, but here in North America it is available in the dairy section next to yogurt and cream cheese in almost all grocery stores.

  2. Gurbachan

    I have read your eggless recipes . Look tempting but haven’t bake yet. Will bake soon please send me more recipe lemon yoghurt cake. Thks Madhuri.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you. I haven’t baked a lemon yogurt cake until now. Sorry.

  3. Raina

    Hi, I want to make this cake for someone’s birthday. I don’t have kefir. I read to use yoghurt as a substitute but how much yoghurt and which type/brand? Please reply as soon as possible! thanks

    • Madhuram

      You can use any brand of plain yogurt, preferably 3.25% or 2% fat content. Use the same measurement as kefir.

  4. Cristina

    Hello Madhuram I baked this great chocolate cake twice for our Indian friends and we love it, I am Italian and since we have a great bakery and pastry tradition I felt suspicious about eggless bakery but your recipes are really super tasty and very well balanced, thank you

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much Cristina. Your feedback is much appreciated.

  5. Kim

    Hi Madhu,

    I baked this cake 3 times till now and I have to say its a very quick and tasty cake recipe. so thanks a lot.

    There was tiny little problem. The first time I baked, it was too soft that I had to be very careful while taking it off from the pan but it raised better than 2nd time but was too sweet for us.

    Second time it didn’t raise so much but wasn’t so soft like last time. Also I reduced the sugar from 1 and half to only half cup and it was perfect. 🙂

    The only difference in first and second recipe was the brand of kefir so may be that was the problem.

    Anyways thanks again 🙂


    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the detailed feedback Kim. Mm..probably the thickness of the kefir would have affected the texture.

      • Parul

        Which Kefir and Vanilla extract brand you suggest to use?

        • Madhuram

          I get both from Costco. It’s the Kirkland brand.

  6. Sabina

    Hi Madhu,

    I don’t have kefir so what can be used as a substitute?

    • Madhuram

      Yogurt should be fine.

  7. Liz

    SO glad you were able to make this eggless and that it turned out so lovely!! I need to make it again 🙂

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for dropping by Liz. We loved the cake. 🙂