Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing

Gail Welch Recipe

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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Gail Welch sugarshack
Jun 22, 2015
Terri, I also want to say that, I am sorry that the icing hardened before you finished getting the cake iced. I know when you are making a cake especially for a special occassion that you want it to turn out perfect. At least it tasted good.
Gail Welch sugarshack
Jun 22, 2015
Thank you Terri for your comment. I am glad that your son liked it. Happy birthday to him!
Terri Herrington Terri_Herrington
Jun 22, 2015
Thanks Gail! He loved it. You really do have to move fast after you stir it for a few mins after you put in the Vanilla. I didn't make it around to the back side of the cake with the fudge, but those of us that are watching the calories had those pieces. Most importantly of all though, my son loved his fudgy birthday cake! Thanks again for the recipe and for helping us make a new memory. Ü
Gail Welch sugarshack
Jun 18, 2015
Terri, I am so happy that you found this recipe in time for your son's birthday. Happy Birthday to him. Ya'll have a great celebrattion and weekend.
Gail Welch sugarshack
Jun 18, 2015
Diana, I would love for you to post your grandmothers icing recipe. Thanks!!