Monday, November 15, 2010

Chocolate Makes Everything Better

As I promised!  Chocolate!!!!!!  A rich, chocolate, fudge cake that will definitely take care of what ails you.  This recipe came from the newest addition to my collection.  Paula Deen’s, “The Lady & Sons Just Desserts”; I won a copy of this book at a wonderful auction to benefit the elementary school two of my children attend.  The book was one of many prizes I could have chosen, but of course the cookbook naturally ends up in my hand.  I tell you, I am deadly in Barnes and Noble. 

Back to the issue of chocolate, this recipe entitled, “Chocolate Fudge Ripple Cake”, is loaded with the delicious stuff.  It starts with a boxed cake mix then you add two boxes of instant chocolate pudding.  The base of the cake is very, very dense and thick.   The thickness of the batter did make it a little difficult to spread into the cake pan and when the directions called to pour the sweetened condensed milk mixture on top of the next layer it was hard to pat the second layer of cake down.  I just had to spread it around the pan the best I could. 

The cake smelled fantastic baking in the oven, (yes I have my oven back and yes, I am in love with him again).  The directions call to let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  That may not have been long enough.  When I tipped the cake out onto a rack some of the sweetened condensed milk mix, that had pooled on the bottom of the cake (when I flipped it out it was the top) stuck to the pan.   There also is a glaze that went on the cake.  I didn’t have a chance to make it so we enjoyed this cake naked, (the cake, sillies not the family) You are welcome to enjoy it naked if you wish, but make sure you close the blinds. Not the prettiest cake in the world, but it was delicious. 

Chocolate Fudge Ribbon Cake


1 18.25oz box fudge cake mix
1 3.9oz box instant chocolate pudding
½ cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch         
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 1-oz square semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

Mix together cake mix, chocolate pudding, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large bowl
Beat for around 2 minutes using an electric mixer (the batter will get really thick).

Fold in the chopped nuts at this point.
Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.

In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and cornstarch together.

Slowly add the condensed milk.

Pour mixture evenly into pan containing half of the batter.

Pour other half of batter on top.

Bake for one hour.

Invert onto a cake plake and allow to cool completely.

While it cools prepare the glaze.  In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt together chocolate, butter, and water.

Stir until melted.
Add milk and mix well.
Remove from heat.
Stir in sugar and vanilla, and continue stirring until smooth.

Drizzle over cooled cake.



  1. This is one good looking cake. I'll take that for tea this afternoon, please.

  2. Might have been tough to spread in the pan but it looks delicious!

  3. You are absolutely right !!! and I'm having my morning cup of coffee, all alone, in front of the computer, looking at your gorgeous cake...I MUST have a piece of that !!!!

  4. Thanks for the compliments ladies!!! Cristina good luck! I vote for you everytime!!!!!! Your creations are beautiful!

  5. I really enjoy reading your blog Sara! I just nominated you for A Stylish Blog Award!