Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing

Gail Welch Recipe

By Gail Welch sugarshack

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.

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Prep Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top


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
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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