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Oct 24, 2012 08:28 AM

Fudge like chocolate frosting recipe, please!

I was reading thru a post on chocolate birthday cakes and it brought to mind my search for a chocolate frosting recipe. For years my son has talked about his babysitter's chocolate frosting which he said tasted like fudge. I've made dozens of recipes but never have come close to what he is looking for. Any old recipes around that might be like this? I suspect it is a recipe from the 40's or 50's. Thanks.

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  1. Have you tried sour cream chocolate fudge frosting? So simple but good, melted chocolate mixed with sour cream and a little vanilla. I don't follow a recipe but can find one that's close if you're interested.

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    1. re: chowser

      If it tastes and sets up like fudge, absolutely would love the recipe Chowser.

      1. re: fleck

        There isn't much to it, but this is about the ratio.

        I use real chocolate and not chips; combine milk/dark; add corn syrup or butter/different flavors if I want. But, it sets up thicker than regular frosting, more like fudge.

        1. re: chowser

          Thanks Chowser. This recipe sounds interesting and I'm going to try it.

      2. re: chowser

        Easy, fudgy, glossy, delicious. You may want to double this:

        6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
        1 cup evaporated milk
        1 1/2 cups sugar

        Pour milk and sugar into a blender. Whir to combine. Pour in melted chocolate, mix and at high speed until the mixture starts to thicken and the blender makes a different sound. Pour into a bowl, let cool till set.

      3. Chocolate blackout cake uses a rich chocolate pudding as frosting and topped with chocolate wafer crumbs. Hope this helps.

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        1. My cousin Katherine gave me her recipe in the very early 1960s. My family loves it on yellow cake or chocolate cake.

          Katherine’s Fudge Icing

          1 1/2 cups sugar
          1 1/2 T cocoa
          1/2 cup milk
          2 T margarine
          1 t vanilla
          Pinch of salt

          Boil in heavy skillet for 3 minutes FROM START OF BOIL. Add 2 T margarine. Let cool until bottom of skillet does not burn to touch. Add 1 tsp vanilla and pinch of salt. Pour and spread on cake.

          1. I don't know if you're looking for a frosting that tastes like fudge or one that has the chewy, dense texture of fudge. If it's the latter, if you make a frosting with melted chocolate rather than with cocoa, you'll get that dense chew because the chocolate will eventually re-solidify. Frostings made with melted chocolate also have a deeper flavor because fat carries flavor. I've used melted dark, bittersweet, dark sweet, milk, and white chocolates (in different batches--that isn't one big huge frosting flavor) and have found them all to work equally well. As for quantities--that depends on how rich v. how sweet you want the finished product, but the more chocolate, the thicker and chewier the texture.

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            1. re: Erika L

              My problem is I never tasted the frosting my sitter made. My son describes it as setting up like fudge on the cake after it's frosted. He doesn't like fluffy or whipped type frosting. I tried ganache but he said that wasn't it, as it was too soft. Does this make sense?

              1. re: fleck

                Either a recipe with melted chocolate or one of the ones with boiled sugar would set up like fudge. The boiled sugar ones I've worked with are fussy--you have to use them while they're warm. If they're too hot, they just drip off; if they're too cold, they're stiff and tear the cake. But if you do it correctly (or even close to correctly), they set up like a mirror, smooth and glossy. And a boiled sugar one would definitely be more chewy--it's made like fudge, with a boiled sugar base.

            2. Our standard has always been:
              1/3 cup milk, scalded
              then add 1 box powdered sugar
              melt 4 squares unsweeted chocolate with 4 T butter
              add to milk/sugar
              add 1 t vanilla and a little salt

              pretty fudgy! (It's actually basically the Baker's recipe for frosting...)