Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing

Gail Welch


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 votes
5 Min
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

How to Make Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing


  • 1Put all ingredients (except vanilla) in a heavy large saucepan.
  • 2Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Scrape sugar crystals off the sides of the pan.
  • 3Continue to cook (rolling boil) for 8 minutes; stirring constantly.
  • 4Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, if desired. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • 5Beat 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.

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About Cooked Chocolate Fudge Icing

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