Chocolate Fudge Cake for £1

Chocolate Fudge Cake – A rich, moist chocolate sponge smothered in glossy chocolate fudge icing guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving & all for just £1 !

Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog has set a £1 cake challenge for this month’s We Should Cocoa to help raise awareness and money for the Live Below The Line Challenge – if you wish to, you can pop over and donate through her blog.

This was not an easy challenge – as we all know baking can be so expensive. I try to keep my baking bill as low as possible and I’m always on the lookout for offers, but even stocking up with ‘3 for 2’ offers and shopping around for value products I thought it would be difficult to come up with a £1 chocolate cake that would taste good and look appetising.

I already knew the ingredient costs for my chocolate yoghurt cake and thought if I halved the recipe and made a smaller cake in a 6 inch tin, I might have enough in the kitty for some decoration. I was just over the £1 mark, so I cut down by 10 grams on both sugars and used margarine and value chocolate instead of butter in the icing. The total came to 96½p, 3½p left to use up ! Enough for a touch of decoration, but what ? I weighed a square of chocolate ( it came in at 6 g but I’ve priced for 10 g in the recipe ) another 3 p, bringing the total to 99½p et voila my Chocolate Fudge Cake for £1.

The costings are based on Aldi prices, except for the cocoa powder and chocolate which are Tesco prices.

And if you fancy giving my Chocolate Fudge Cake a go, here it is in easily printable form…

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Chocolate Fudge Cake - A rich, moist chocolate sponge smothered in glossy chocolate fudge icing guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving & all for just £1 !
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 6 portions

Cake mixture
  • 20 g cocoa powder ( save ½ teaspoon for dusting )
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 90 g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee mixed with 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 ml natural yoghurt

Chocolate fudge icing
  • 20 g soft margarine
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 20 g dark chocolate
  • 10 g cocoa powder
  • 90 g icing sugar

Chocolate curls
  • 10 g dark chocolate
  • You will need 4 squares of baking parchment and sticky tape for the chocolate decoration.
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ / 180℃ / Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 6 inch round cake tin.

Make the cake.
  1. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
  2. Pour the batter into your baking tin.
  3. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the sponge springs back when pressed.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Make the chocolate fudge icing.
  1. Heat the margarine and chocolate in the milk until just melted,. For convenience, I use a bowl in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa and add to the milk, margarine and chocolate mixture, whisking together until smooth.
  3. Leave to cool.

Make the chocolate decoration>
  1. Place melted chocolate on a square of parchment paper.
  2. Place another square of parchment paper on top and squash into a thin layer of chocolate.
  3. Peel apart – you will have chocolate on each of the two pieces of parchment. Cover each of your two chocolate shapes with another square of paper.
  4. Roll up each of your chocolate shapes and fasten with sticky tape. For more details and photos on this technique see my white chocolate flowers tutorial.
  5. Leave to set.
  6. Remove the sticky tape from your chocolate rolls and unroll the parchment squares – the chocolate will break into curved pieces perfect for the top of your chocolate cake.

Decorate your chocolate cake.
  1. Cover your chocolate cake with fudge icing, warming the icing a little if it has set too hard.
  2. Scatter the chocolate rolls/flakes over the top of your iced cake.
  3. Dust with the ½ teaspoon of saved cocoa powder.

(I tried an experiment with just one square of chocolate on a square of parchment paper and placed it in the microwave on 10 second bursts to melt. I didn’t want to waste any chocolate! Would you believe it took a whole minute before it started to melt, I have a silicone chocolate melting pot I normally use but I wanted to be sure about the weight of the chocolate)


Chocolate Cake Ingredients Prices    
Cocoa Powder 16.0 p  
Plain Flour 4.5 p  
Granulated Sugar 7 p
Baking powder, bicarb, coffee 2 p  
Eggs 17 p
Oil 9½ p
Yoghurt 9 p  
  Cake 65 p
Icing Sugar 13½ p  
Cocoa Powder 8 p  
Margarine 3 p  
Milk 1 p  
Value Dark Chocolate 6 p  
  Fudge Icing 31½ p
Value Dark Chocolate 3 p  
  Chocolate Curl 3p
Total   99½ p

A note on eggs:

I priced for Aldi eggs, although I used eggs from my next door neighbour so they cost me less than Aldi prices. I’m very lucky to have access to free range eggs in return for a small donation to the chicken feed fund and for looking after the chucks when the neighbours go away. When I’m in the UK, I buy free range eggs from the farm in the next village for 14p each, which is a good saving on supermarket free range prices.

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28 thoughts on “Chocolate Fudge Cake for £1

    • Thanks Cliona, baking can be so expensive, especially with chocolate. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep the costs down as low as a pound but I was pleased with the result and it has made me think more about cutting down on baking costs in general. Thanks for popping over from #CookBlogShare .

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    • Thanks, I was pleased I could manage to decorate it too for a £1, one square of chocolate went a long way 🙂

    • Thank you. it did take a little juggling of ingredients & some thrifty chocolate work but it worked well. My friends said it was delicious which is the most important.

  2. Oh well done Sarah. Your cake looks so elegant, who would have guessed the ingredients cost less than £1. Nifty curls too. You did very well, although your 1/2 p made me laugh and took me back a few years. Thank you for joining in with this month’s WSC challenge – it wasn’t an easy one.

    • Thank you, it wasn’t an easy challenge but it did make me think about the costs of baking. Every ha’penny counts!

    • Thanks Vanesther, I wasn’t sure that I could do it either but cutting down & replacing ingredients did the trick.I took the cake to our friend’s Eurovision party, didn’t tell them a thing, they loved it & were all surprised to find it only cost a £1 to make.

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  4. Wowee, I’m impressed! I didn’t think it was possible to make the £1 chocolate cake with a frosting and you’ve gone and done it! Fantastic! 🙂

    • Thanks Rachel, I love a plain loaf cake, I’ll look out for it, it’s really handy to have a variety of chocolate cake recipes.

    • Thanks Camilla, I stumbled upon the chocolate flowers technique when I made my giant cupcake & adapted it for the curls. I was surprised how much I got from 1 square of chocolate!

  5. A beautiful (and frugal!) cake and a genius idea from Choclette to get everyone thinking. This looks so tasty and I can’t imagine anyone turning down a slice of this decadence…

    • Choclette definitely got us all thinking about the costs of baking & raised awareness for a good cause too. MY friends loved the cake & were surprised to find I’d substituted ingredients & cut down on the sugar, all that was left was an empty plate.

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