Beach Cottage EASY chocolate mud cake

Wed 2nd, Jul, 2014

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easy chocolate mud cake abeachcottage.com recipe

Helloooooo Beach Cottage ladies who like chocolate, chocolate mud cake at that and EASY chocolate mud cake recipes…oh my, strap yourselves in, this recipe is AWESOME!  If you have to go somewhere and want to impress with your baking, this is your go-to.

I wrote earlier about my first dabblings with chocolate mud cake, deep in the heart of a rather rough around the edges working class town in Kent, when an American burger bar opened and we teenagers thought we were the mutts nuts to go there and be served ginormous helpings of burgers and cake…

The cake in there was revolting if I remember, but that didn’t stop me ordering it, or indeed wolfing it down…sickly sweet and really not that nice…being a size minus zero and not having any upper arms at that point, I didn’t really care less anyway…how things change…

Anyway, so that dabbling pretty much scarred me for life in the chocolate mud cake department and, really, I think it’s one of those cakes where it is dangerously easy to be too sugary so that all that sugar pleasure (because after all I like sugar, I do not think it is my enemy, nor do I feel it is an addiction akin to cocaine) is depleted in one hit.  I rather think sugar is quite nice in the portions it’s meant to be in…but I don’t think it’s quite pc to say that…

 chocolate mud cake recipe abeachcottage.com easy, quick, simple, delicious

This is just right, or at least for me, I am not a hugeeee cake eater anyway, but I live with 3 males who are and this one hits the spot..I definitely prefer it with a cup of English or Australian breakfast, but not at breakfast but in the afternoon…but then I don’t think there has been a single day in my entire life where I haven’t had a cup of tea and a nibble of something sweet in the afternoon so maybe I am not a good judge on when and where this cake should be eaten.  To be honest with you, it’s that good that breakfast sounds like a good idea too…

Though this is not one-bowl, and I am a one-bowl cook, it irritates me no end if I have to do bowls of this and that and heaven forbid have to melt things in a saucepan, but this is one bowl, one saucepan and if you are really professional you will also whisk your eggs in another bowl so that makes two bowls, but I do know someone who just throws them in and hopes for the best ;)  …and then of course you have to do the same again for the icing…trust me this icing is worth having to put another bowl in the dishwasher…


Easy Chocolate Mud Cake

250g butter

2 cups caster sugar

2 eggs beaten

200g dark chocolate

2 1/2 cups self raising flour

1 cup water

1/4 cup cocoa powder


1. melt butter, chocolate, sugar, cocoa, water in saucepan on very low until smooth

2. add to a mixing bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes  & then add eggs and flour to mixture & combine

3. pour into a 21cm round pan (I use and LOVE my silicone bakeware, this is a dream in it too!)

4. Bake 1 hour & 30 mins at 180C (check at about 1 hour 15 top of cake is not burning)


chocolate icing / frosting

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

100g butter

a few squares from a block of milk chocolate or milk chocolate melts melted

1/4 cup cocoa powder

40 ml milk


1. beat butter, sugar, milk & cocoa together to a smooth mixture

2. add the melted chocolate & beat until light and fluffy (you can do this by hand but I normally put in mixer)

3. spread on cake

4. make tea

5. hide in summer house with the whole stash

The best thing about this cake, according to those who wait long enough rather than demolishing the whole thing in the first sitting, is that it gets a little squigglier and muddier after a day or two…meaning you can make it ahead as a take along.  Gotta love those kinda bake ahead cakes.

That’s it from me and mud…thanks to all of you who take the time to come back here and leave me comments if you make my recipes – lately the one-bowl chilli I blogged recently has had some good feedback…love that.

Cheers  chocolate mud cake recipe abeachcottage.com easy, quick, simple, delicious




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7 Responses to “Beach Cottage EASY chocolate mud cake”

  1. merilyn says:

    looks great sarah! … and how I would love a piece of that right now! … chocolate fix needed NOW! lol m:)X

  2. kim houssenloge says:

    Yum! Love the idea of a cake getting squidgier as time goes on. Have to try this one for sure:) x

  3. Jenny McAteer says:

    Hi Sarah,

    School holidays start here in NZ on Friday afternoon, so I will be giving this yummy looking cake a try. I’ve got two teenage boys who will appreciate this sugar fix as a start to there holls.

  4. Ha! Yes it’s funny how we now feel rather naughty and ashamed of eating anything with sugar!!? I like to keep my intake on the low side but I just can’t see how small amounts are going to kill us? Are they?!! Any hoo this cake looks delish…must give it a whirl :))

  5. Kate says:

    The method appears to be missing a few steps.

  6. Isabelle says:

    Hi, I tried to make this cake as it looked yummy. And I liked the fact that I didn`t have too much washing up, but my cake burned after an hour already? It was on 180C and I already thought 1,5h was pretty long, so when I checked it after an hour, unfortunately I was already too late and it burned. Is the baking time and temperature accurate?