Brown Sugar Fudge Cake

This Delicious Brown Sugar Fudge Cake is for all your chocolate lovers out there. This is one cake recipe you will want to keep forever.

brown sugar fudge cake

I make this Brown Sugar Fudge Cake for my wife’s birthday every year. She loves chocolate and with so many different chocolate cake recipes, this is the one she prefers the most.

cake cooling on a wire rack
Fudge Cake Cooling on Wire Rack

There’s nothing really different about this chocolate cake recipe except it does use cake flour instead of the all purpose flour you typically see in recipes. It also uses brown sugar instead of the usual white sugar. And uses Buttermilk for liquid.

Cake flour is different than all-purpose flour as it has a much lower protein level. Cakes made with cake flour will have a finer, more tender crumb than those made with all-purpose flour. That being said, in most cases it is possible to substitute cake flour with all-purpose flour unless the cake is extremely tender (ex. angel food cake).

To use all-purpose flour for 1 cup of cake flour measure out 1 cup all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons of the all-purpose flour and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together before using.

frosting on cake

For the frosting, I like to use Chocolate Fudge frosting. I find it pairs really well with the flavor of this cake. But feel free to use whatever kind of frosting you have on hand.

brown sugar fudge cake

If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes.

cultured buttermilk blend

Another option is to use a cultured buttermilk blend. All you need to do is add water. I was very skeptical at first but in a pinch it works great!

brown sugar fudge cake

You will need the following ingredients to make this Brown Sugar Fudge Cake recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Cake Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Light Brown Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Vanilla Extract, Buttermilk, Eggs and Unsweetened Chocolate.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the cake flour, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Add the brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and 2/3 cups buttermilk. Beat at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1/3 cup of buttermilk, eggs and melted chocolate. Mix well. Spoon into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting. Frost the cake with your favorite frosting.

Printable Recipe Card

Brown Sugar Fudge Cake

Brown Sugar Fudge Cake

This Delicious Brown Sugar Fudge Cake is for all your chocolate lovers out there. This is one cake recipe you will want to keep forever.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
cool time 10 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 345 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Cake Pan
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ¼ Cups Cake Flour, sifted
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 oz Unsweetened Chocolate, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the cake flour, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Add the brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and 2/3 cups buttermilk. Beat at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1/3 cup buttermilk, eggs and melted chocolate. Mix well. Spoon into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting. Frost the cake with your favorite frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 300mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 329IUCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Molly says:

    Oh how I loved this brown sugar fudge cake. So very tasty and delicious. I made it for a friend that was visiting and it was a great hit. Thank you Chef Rodney for posting this recipe.