Fudge Cake Recipes

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June 13, 2007

Fudge CakeI'd like to make this Tunnel of Fudge cake healthier. Suggestions?

"This is the recipe Pillsbury offers for the prize-winning cake that started the bundt pan revolution. It is not exactly the same as Ella Helfrich's because Pillsbury stopped making the double dutch fudge buttercream frosting mix she used in the original. Now you have to make the whole cake from scratch. Nuts are essential to the cake's success. A "tunnel of fudge" mysteriously appears in the finished cake. This does make it tough to use the usual toothpick method of determining doneness


The bundt pan and the 1970s go hand-in-hand. Popular recipes included the Harvey Wallbanger cake, whiskey cake, and the still popular TUNNEL OF FUDGE CAKE. This recipe was the grand prize winner for Ella Rita Helfrich (Houston, Texas)in the 1966 Pillsbury Bakeoff contest. (It was subsequently sold as a packaged cake mix for a number of years. As far as I know, the packaged cake mix version is no longer available.)"

Tunnel of Fudge Cake


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt® pan or 10-inch tube pan. In large bowl, combine sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in flour and remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured pan; spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is set and edges are beginning to pull away from edge of pan.


** Cool upright in pan on wire rack for 1 1/2 hours. Invert cake onto serving plate; cool at least 2 hours.

In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store tightly covered.


*Nuts are essential for success of recipe.

** Since cake has soft filling, ordinary doneness tests cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking times are essential.

Holly from Richardson, TX

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
March 11, 2011

Cook the pudding mix as directed on package. Blend dry cake mix into hot pudding. Pour into 9x13 inch pan.


Sprinkle with chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
March 2, 2007

Cream butter in a large mixer bowl at high speed. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Gradually add sugar, continue creaming at high speed until light and fluffy.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
April 18, 2012

This is one of the best, most moist cake recipes ever!

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August 29, 2013

Put flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Mix with a fork.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
June 26, 2011

Yummy Cake recipe!

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March 21, 2006

Combine marshmallows, cocoa and hot water in top of double boiler. Let stand over hot water until marshmallows melt. Do not cook. Stir until smooth and cool.


Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Add sugar gradually to shortening, creaming well...

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