Chocolate mud cake from scratch recipe

27 Nov

Chocolate mud cake

My firstborn just turned ten! Farewell Miss 9, hello Miss 10! My lovely gal requested a chocolate mud cake for her birthday and her wish was my command.

This was the first time I had made a dark chocolate mud cake from scratch and I was thrilled with the result. It was rich without being cloying, dense without being heavy and perfectly moist.

I topped the mud cake with my favourite dark chocolate ganache and decorated it with chocolate-covered popcorn. It looked elegant and perfect for any occasion but in the end I added a galaxy of star-shaped sprinkles and 100s and 1000s.

This mud cake would be a welcome addition any time of year and at any celebration: birthday/ christening / graduation/engagement…

Chocolate mud cake The Hungry Mum

Chocolate mud cake is a perfect Christmas dessert. It is elegant, delicious, special and can be decorated with red and green sprinkles to really create a festive vibe. It also keeps well, un-iced, in a sealed container in a cool dark place for a few days leading up to your event. Serve in small wedges, with cream, icecream, or as is. May be your special event be amazing.


250g unsalted butter, chopped

200g dark chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur – optional

1⅓ cups milk

¾ caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1½ cups plain flour, sifted

¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted

¼ cup cocoa, sifted, plus extra for dusting

chocolate ganache icing:

150g dark chocolate, chopped

½ cup pouring cream


chocolate covered popcorn

sprinkles of choice

Chocolate mud cake -The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 150°C and grease and line a deep, 22cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

In a large saucepan place butter, chocolate, milk, sugar and vanilla and stir over a low heat until melted and glossy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in three tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur.

Whisk in the eggs, then sift in the flours and cocoa and stir with a metal spoon until smooth – do not over-beat.

Pour into cake tin and cook for 1 hour 10 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing to wire rack.

Meanwhile make ganache: melt chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until melted and glossy. Set aside to cool completely.

When cake is cold dress with ganache, popcorn and sprinkles.

The Hungry Mum - Chocolate mud cake



25 Responses to “Chocolate mud cake from scratch recipe”

  1. missemzyy November 27, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Looks delicious!!

  2. The Culinary Jumble November 27, 2015 at 8:44 am #


  3. A Cookbook Collection November 27, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    That looks amazing!

    • The Hungry Mum December 4, 2015 at 3:19 am #

      OMGosh – it was good. I could eat a slice of this right now.

  4. Linda November 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Looks absolutely delicious!😊

  5. Laura (PA Pict) November 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    That looks superb. It makes me drool even though I’m still full from Thanksgiving dinner.

  6. Stephanie Leduc November 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    I love how dense looking this cake is, omg must of been so delicious

    • The Hungry Mum December 4, 2015 at 2:27 am #

      I tell you what Stephanie – this is now the go to cake for family celebrations! #amazing

  7. hotlyspiced November 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    Happy birthday to your daughter. The cake looks very festive and I bet she loved it. Great idea to decorate it with chocolate covered popcorn xx

    • The Hungry Mum November 28, 2015 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks 🙂 We are a popcorn loving family – our mini schnauzer is named Popcorn – so it was the perfect touch x

  8. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella November 29, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    Happy birthday to your first born and may they have many, many more! 😀 What a cute way of decorating it 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum November 29, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      Thank you! She loved love this cake – as well as the popcorn decorations 🙂

  9. Anna November 29, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    Look and sounds wonderful! Happy Birthday to your Miss 10! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you! Double digits is v exciting 🙂

      • Anna December 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

        Yes, indeed! 🙂

  10. Chitra Jagadish November 29, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Delicious cake…

  11. November 30, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Love it – chocolate covered popcorn!

    • The Hungry Mum December 1, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      I love Popcorn so much I named our doggy after it! I love adding it to anything and everything.

      • December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

        Ha!Ha! cute name for a dog. Check out my recipe “Cupcakes with Popcorn and Chive Blossoms.”

  12. ChgoJohn December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Now that’s a birthday cake! Your daughter made a great choice and I’m sure there were more than a few oohs and aahs as it was brought to the table.

    • The Hungry Mum December 5, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Thank you 🙂 It was such a winner of a cake and I will 100 pc be making this for future family bdays.

  13. Anna @ shenANNAgans December 2, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Chocolate cake…. drool. I have been craving chocolate cake for weeks. This almost tipped me over the edge, I picked up the phone to call down to the kitchen for a sweet treat, but didnt follow through. Holy yum it looks fabulous, Miss 10 picked a goodun! 🙂 Hope she had a lovely birthday too. xo

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