Wellesley Fudge Cake


This Wellesley fudge cake recipe makes two 9-inch round layers of rich, chocolaty cake. Frost with thick fudge icing or any kind you like.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
2 9-inch layers


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup hot water

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar, divided

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 large eggs

  • cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.

  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together three times.

  3. Heat water, 1/2 cup sugar, and chocolate in a small saucepan, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to lukewarm.

  4. While the chocolate mixture is cooling, beat remaining 1 1/4 cup sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Add remaining flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk, beating until smooth after each addition.

  5. Mix in cooled chocolate and vanilla until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
13g Fat
49g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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