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Cocoa Fudge Cake

Remember when I baked this Banana Bread, imagining it to be something Mad Men‘s Betty Draper would have stashed away? Back then, I was binge-watching episodes of Mad Men when it aired late in the night. A strange thing happens to me when I watch back-to-back episodes of TV shows that are as intricately written as Mad Men– I get so drawn-in that the characters start to feel real. I end up imagining what it would be like to live like them- dress like them, eat like them and in the case of Mad Men – drink like them! Do you feel that way too?

To celebrate (even though I’m a bit sad about it) the premiere of the last season of Mad Men, the baker in me got me to zero in on the Cocoa Fudge Cake from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. I’m not the only one toasting this last season of Mad Men that kicks off on 5th April in the US and on 6th April in India; my fellow bloggers from around the world are part of this Virtual Mad Men Finale Party, check it out here!

And thanks to Judy Gelman, who co-wrote this awesome book, I’m giving away an e-book version of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Fans of Mad Men, trust me, you definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to win a copy of this book that helps recreate food, desserts and COCKTAILS that are constantly brought up in the show. Remember the ‘Rib Eye in the Pan’ that the newly married Pete Campbell asks his wife to cook for him? The fancy Mai Tai that Rachel Menken sips on when she’s out for dinner with Don Draper? This cookbook has it all! All you have to do to win a copy is to follow me, Tarika Singh, on Instagram (I’m @tarikasingh) and come back here and leave a comment in the comments section of this post to let me know that you’re following me on Instagram. The contest closes by midnight (IST) of 8th April ’15 and the winner will be chosen by a random draw.

The recipe for this Cocoa Fudge Cake is from pretty early on in the series, when Sally Draper makes this cake with the words “Mommy and Daddy” written in frosting on the cake. And the frosting on this cake is soooo decadent and rich, while the cake is moist and has a tender crumb. It’s definitely a cake that deserves to be the centre of attention at a party, and definitely our Virtual Mad Men Party! Happy Baking, everyone, and good luck with the giveaway.

Recipe from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

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Cocoa Fudge Cake
Remember when I baked this Banana Bread, imagining it to be something Mad Men's Betty Draper would have stashed away? Back then, I was binge-watching episodes of Mad Men when it aired late in the night. A strange thing
Servings
Ingredients
For the cake
For the Quick Fudge Frosting
Servings
Ingredients
For the cake
For the Quick Fudge Frosting
Instructions
  1. For the Cake
  2. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 13 X 9.5 (2 inches tall) pan with butter and line it with parchment paper.
  3. Stir flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add butter, buttermilk vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed with a mixer or 300 strokes by hand. Stop to scrape down the sides every now and then while beating.
  5. Add eggs. Beat for 2 minutes more, scraping bottom sides of the bowl often.
  6. Pour into prepared pan bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool in a pan on wire rack.
  8. For the Quick Fudge Frosting
  9. Mix sugar cocoa in medium saucepan. Add butter, milk and corn syrup / golden syrup; bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stir to make sure it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and set pan in cold water.
  10. When the syrup is cool, stir in icing sugar vanilla. If frosting is too thin, add little more icing sugar and vanilla. If frosting is too thick, add a little more milk.
Recipe Notes

UPDATE! - With the help of www.random.org ,I have a winner, please check the comments!

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16 Comments on “Cocoa Fudge Cake

yummyinsidemytummy
April 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

Hi Tarika,This recipe is brilliant! Will definitely try it out soon.And I’ve always wanted to watch this show but being a media student, I never really get the time however will start watching it this Summer.I have been following you for a while now.Hope to win 😀

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tz
April 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Following you on instagram since ages…..love your recipes. ..they all come out perrrffeecctttt…. you are my favorite. ..

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Tarika Singh
April 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

You will love the show, it’s soon addictive!! Fingers crossed!

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Tarika Singh
April 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Thanks! That’s really sweet. It’s what keeps me going 🙂

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Aparna Thiyam
April 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

superb yummy… can’t wait to try it out simple and easily available that’s what I like about your recipe. And also not to forget the way you make it more interesting with funs an stories…awesome. My fav. so far is Banana bread n frozen salted caramel frozen yogourt.

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Disha Khurana
April 8, 2015 at 7:05 am

Trying this soon tarika, i have a jar of golden syrup waiting to be used up 🙂

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Tarika Singh
April 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

You’ll love it 🙂

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Tarika Singh
April 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

Thanks Aparna! I’m working on some cool recipes for this summer too 🙂

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Krishna Punjabi
April 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

The cake looks fabulous! Love watching your videos on YouTube, hope you upload this one too soon 😀

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Renuka
April 8, 2015 at 10:47 am

Hey Tarika, the cake looks delish! And yes, following you on Instagram 🙂

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Tarika Singh
April 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

Hey! You’ve won a copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Please email me so I can take this forward. My email is tarikasingh.work@gmail.com

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Jola Jańczy
October 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

Hi Tarika!Recently I’ve made a cupcakes and the recipe was similar to this and it was deicious. Anyway wil also try this recipe as well. But to the cream i added Nutella. You might try like this if you want 🙂 It looked like that https://twitter.com/ranikajOne/status/653592132385656832 :)I have a question. Do you know any other ingredient which might be used instead of butter. I really don’t like how it taste, gor me its too fat :/Love your blog btw <3

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Jola Jańczy
October 14, 2015 at 9:28 am

Hi Tarika :)Recently I’ve tried similar recpie and it was delicious, bet this one is also. I used Nutella instead of cocoa powder in cream :)I have a question. Is there anything i can use instead of butter in cream because for me it’s too fat :/Love your blog btw <3

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Tarika Singh
October 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Thank you! I love Nutella buttercream! You could try this Chocolate cake with butter and eggs – http://www.tarikasingh.com/2014/05/eggless-chocolate-cake-vegan.html?m=1

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Polly Thomas
March 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Very good recipe

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Tarika Singh
March 14, 2016 at 4:34 am

Thanks Polly, you must try it 🙂

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