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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NOT Brownies. (AKA Fudge Cake Recipe)

I've recently re-discovered and busted out my great-grandmother's fudge cake recipe about half a dozen times for holiday gatherings around these parts and each time I do I receive marriage proposals and a dozen requests for my "brownie" recipe.

I'm not sure exactly why the family has always called this Fudge certainly is brownie-esque, but they are divine. And easy. A perfect addition to your holiday baking repertoire.

Just don't call them brownies. Thanks!

Mimmie's Fudge Cake

2 cups flour
6 Tbs cocoa (I use dark or Dutch processed...I swear it makes a difference)
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cup Wesson oil (I use Publix vegetable oil...I'm sure Wesson is better)
2 tsp vanilla

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Beat eggs, add sugar, oil and vanilla.

Let your toddler play around on the counter with glass bottles of oil while you do this.

Combine dry ingredients with the wet mixture.

Oh yum.

Bake in a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan for 20-25 minutes, until cake is barely done.

Have this icing ready to spread on your still warm cake:

1 box confectioner's sugar (or about 3 1/2 cups)
4-5 Tbs cocoa
3-4 Tbs margarine
6-8 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla

Stir all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heart until blended. Pour over cake right away.

(Sorry, no pics! But this icing makes the fudge cake. Don't skimp!)

In spite of my type-A detailed self, I love all the approximations in this icing recipe. Pretty sure at some point a relative held Mimmie down and forced her to make a "recipe" out of something she just threw together. I envy people like that in the kitchen.

Let me know if you make these this Christmas season - I'll be stuck in my house with a suckling baby and a rambunctious toddler and will guilt you into bringing me some.

Note: As you can read in the comments, I left out a critical component of this recipe. Marshmallows. Marshmallows creep B Daddy out, so I have been leaving them out of this recipe for years, but if you are a fan, sprinkle the just-out-of-the-oven cake with mini marshmallows and pop it back in the oven for a minute or two, until they begin to melt. Then proceed with pouring your icing on top. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm!


  1. WHAT!!!??? A SIFTER!!!!???? I don't have no stinkin sifter. I will buy one for the love of this fudge cake. Thanks babe!

  2. Katie, I love reading your blogs, but I have to correct you on this...Mimi is my grandmomma name. The fudge cake is Mimmie's! And you forgot to add the mini marshmallows on top of the cake before you put the icing on it. Really makes the fudge cake! But you know, lots of people around here call it mississippi mud.

  3. Agree wtih Susan, add the mini-marshmallows!
    A fond memory was Mimmie and Daddy Ward coming to visit us and she would ALWAYS bring a pan of fudge cake covered in aluminum foil. You really couldn't sneak a slice if it was covered in foil because the crinkled top would've been a dead give away! Everyone should try this! BTW, how fun was it cleaning your counter after "toddler plays in oil"?

  4. Can't believe I've been spelling Mimmie wrong all these years. Thanks for the correction Aunt Susan!! And my preference is for fudge cake sans marshmallows. But I guess for authenticity's sake I should have included instructions for that part. Will edit the post!

  5. BJ doesn't know what he's missing...the marshmallows MAKE it!


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