My mother has been baking this cake for parties for 55 years. People have me make it for every party I go to. It is wonderful and very easy.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bake a box chocolate cake as directed. While hot from the oven, poke holes over entire cake with a fork. While the cake is cooking prepare the fudge sauce.

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  • For the fudge sauce: In a saucepan, combine butter, sugar, cocoa and cream. Stir over medium heat until a full boil starts. Cook at a full boil for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour while hot over warm cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Serve alone or with ice-cream.

Nutrition Facts

220.5 calories; 1.9 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrates; 18.7 mg cholesterol; 195.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (55)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2006
I made this cake for our Valentine's Tango Workshop and it almost disappeared before I got any. I used a bundt pan which made the cake look very elegant once it was finished. I had to substitute unsweetened baking chocolate for the cocoa powder but it still worked great. This cake is so easy and cook-friendly I was actually able to make it without any measuring instruments (They were all "mising in action" the day I had to bake). This cake will be making many reappearances at my dessert tables I can't wait to make it for my family! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/05/2010
My goodness. I really messed this up somehow. The box cake was of course fine. The fudge sauce was grainy. I cooked it at a full boil for 2 min. I then added the extract. Poured it over the cake as you are suppose to. Maybe the white sugar should have been confectioners. Really turned out awful. Read More
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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2006
I made this cake for our Valentine's Tango Workshop and it almost disappeared before I got any. I used a bundt pan which made the cake look very elegant once it was finished. I had to substitute unsweetened baking chocolate for the cocoa powder but it still worked great. This cake is so easy and cook-friendly I was actually able to make it without any measuring instruments (They were all "mising in action" the day I had to bake). This cake will be making many reappearances at my dessert tables I can't wait to make it for my family! Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2006
I made this cake for our Valentine's Tango Workshop and it almost disappeared before I got any. I used a bundt pan which made the cake look very elegant once it was finished. I had to substitute unsweetened baking chocolate for the cocoa powder but it still worked great. This cake is so easy and cook-friendly I was actually able to make it without any measuring instruments (They were all "mising in action" the day I had to bake). This cake will be making many reappearances at my dessert tables I can't wait to make it for my family! Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
I made this cake for a dinner party lastnight but instead of a 9 x 13 pan I used a bundt cake pan. This was another good option because some of the chocolate sauce was left in the middle of the cake to be served with each piece later. It was fantastic! My cousin who normally does not eat much dessert asked for seconds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
This was a good way to make somethng more special out of a cake mix. It tasted a lot better the next day. I made it in a bundt cake pan but that was a VERY BAD idea. When you stick the cake with the fork IF you can get the sauce to soak in which is a pain then your cake cracks into pieces when it does soak in! So make it in a 13x9 for sure!!! I made it a second time in the 13X9 and what a difference! it was like a different cake. This cake is supposed to be made in a 13X9 & left in the pan so that when you pour the fudge sauce on it it can soak in. That doesn't work with a bundt or other "take out of the pan" cake. You aren't supposed to take it out of the pan at all. That is why so many reviewers say there is too much sauce. So make it in a 13X9 pan and leave it in the pan and it tastes much better after it sets for a day for flavors to mix if you can wait that long. It takes the "cake mix" flavor out of it. (I used a cheap aldi's devils food cake mix).I made my rating on the taste of the 13X9 cake a day later and how good it would have been if I'd followed the instructions both times instead of listening to the other people who had made it in a bundt pan. In a bundt pan it just tastes like a cake mix cake with some sauce poured on it in the 13X9 it's dessert! Also I just used 2T more margarine and whole milk as a substitute for the cream. I couldn't see any reason to buy anything special for this cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2006
Can I just say....OMG. This recipe is easily one of the best if not THE best I have tried on this site. Not only is it easy to make the results are absolutely phenomenal. I brought this cake to dinner at a friend's house and "cake bombed" (left the leftovers with her so I wouldn't eat 'em all!) her. She and her husband couldn't stay out of this cake! Two warnings: 1. DEFINITELY grease AND flour the pan. The cake is so gooey it really does stick. 2. Only make this if you have friends to share it...otherwise I promise you you WILL eat the whole thing yourself. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2008
This cake was sooooooooooooo good. My husband and I ate it hot out of the oven. I sent the recipe to several friends immediately after eating it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2005
I served this to friends last night and everyone loved it! I did use the suggestion of baking it in a bundt pan it came out great. I served it with fresh whipped cream raspberries and I drizzeled extra fudge sauce over the whole thing...so yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2005
I made this cake on 2/13/05, I used Devil's Food Cake mix and skipped the walnuts, but this was one of the BEST desserts I have ever had. Make this for your Chocolate lovers, it is kind of rich and best served with ice cream, cool whip or something cool. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2011
It is good but just really messy. Kids enjoyed it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
SO easy and people thought I bought it at the store! I made this in a bunt pan as people recommended and then I poured the fudge on top and made sure to fill most of the fudge into the middle of the bunt. When you do this make sure your cake is on a pan with edges so the sauce doesn't get all over the counter! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/05/2010
My goodness. I really messed this up somehow. The box cake was of course fine. The fudge sauce was grainy. I cooked it at a full boil for 2 min. I then added the extract. Poured it over the cake as you are suppose to. Maybe the white sugar should have been confectioners. Really turned out awful. Read More
(5)