Gail Welch Recipe

Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing

By Gail Welch sugarshack

Prep Time:
Stove Top

This icing is made with granulated suagar instead of confectioners. Back in the day when my husband and I were in school, the cafeteria served a chocolate cake with "hard" icing. You could literally break it off and eat it like (fudge) candy. It still had a soft texture though. My husband is always after me to make it. I've searched and searched and this recipe comes closest to what I remember. I found this one on but tweaked the directions to ensure that the icing sets right and added 1 tsp. vanilla as an option. Original recipe calls for margarine, I haven't tested it with butter.


3 c
sugar, granulated
3/4 c
cocoa powder, unsweetened
3/4 c
evaporated milk
3/4 c
margarine or butter
1 tsp
vanilla extract, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Put all ingredients (except vanilla) in a heavy large saucepan.
Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Scrape sugar crystals off the sides of the pan.
Continue to cook (rolling boil) for 8 minutes; stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, if desired. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
Beat with spoon or mixer until frosting begins to thicken but is still pourable. Spread on cake. Work fast because icing begins to harden quickly. Allow to cool before serving.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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diana neumann dneumann16
Apr 20, 2015
I have my Grandmother's recipe.It doesn't use butter or maragine and it does break off in pieces like fudge. My Mom always made it with a butter cake. If you want the recipe I will be happy to share.
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Gail Welch sugarshack
Jun 17, 2014
Thanks for the tip, Lisa! I bet that it is good. Have you ever dipped potato chips in vanilla ice cream? Sweet n Salty goodness!! Next time, I'll cook the frosting in my iron skillet, too.
lisa campbell eeyoreasil
Jun 11, 2014
My mom made this my whole life. She always cooked hers in a cast iron skillet. And she always made extra for our favorite treat...saltine sandwich cookies. She would just place a teaspoon or so of frosting on a saltine square and top it with another square. Let it set, and Yum! One of those sweet and salty combos that we all love. So next time you make this frosting, make you a couple of these and see what you think.