If you’re looking for a chocolate icing recipe made with real chocolate then look no further than this simple, fudgey deliciousness.
Chocolate icing made with real chocolate
If you had to ask me what my favourite cake is, hands down without a second of doubt I would say chocolate mud cake but it has to have chocolate icing made with real chocolate.
Making icing with chocolate instead of cocoa takes it from yum to OH MY GOODNESS!
It has to be a good cake though. Rich and dense but not too sweet and I like the icing to have a light consistency… almost like something you could eat with a spoon.
This icing, it definitely fits the bill. It should actually come with a warning because I can’t be left alone with a batch.
The second you have a ‘little taste’ you won’t be able to stop so I strongly advise you make sure you have a supervisor.
This icing is really easy to make. All up it does take an hour or two but there are only a few minutes of hands-on work.
You mix up water, sugar and butter until melted then pop in your good-quality dark chocolate (I really like Aldi’s dark chocolate), let it sit a while and whisk until smooth.
At first it seems like it won’t all come together, that the chocolate will never actually melt but then the magic happens and the pot turns to silky smooth chocolate (it always makes me think of Willy Wonka).
If you leave it at room temperature it will stay deliciously soft and fudgey, or if you prefer a firmer icing, it will solidify in the fridge.
I’ve spread it, piped it, made rosettes out of it and used in on top of cupcakes… it’s a very versatile icing.
- 125ml (1/2 cup) water
- 30g (1oz) dark brown sugar
- 175g (6oz) unsalted butter, cubed
- 300g (10oz) good-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
- Put the water, dark sugar and butter in a pan over a low heat to melt.
- When the mixture begins to bubble, take the pan off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, swirling the pan so all the chocolate is heated.
- Leave it for a minute or two and then whisk until the icing turns smooth and glossy.
- Leave it for 1-3 hours and whisk every 20-30 minutes until it is thick.
- When the cake has cooled spread it with the fudge icing.
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