Chocolate Mud Cake

Chocolate Mud Cake

Christmas is here and my oven is put to maximum use this festive month. I have started my Christmas baking and am enjoying preparing festive treats for family and friends. The perfect time to pamper yourself and your loved ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, its been a while since I prepared a rich chocolate cake and I have been craving for one. A perfect occasion presented itself over the weekend when we had guests over for dinner. I prepared a decadent easy dessert recipe, Chocolate Mud Cake with Chocolate frosting.

chocolate mud cake
Chocolate Mud Cake

The mud cake turned out moist, dense and rich which my family and guests absolutely LOVED. I loved the addition of coffee which added a depth of flavor to the chocolate mud cake.

chocolate mud cake recipe
Mud cake with Chocolate Frosting

I used chocolate frosting to adorn the cake but it tastes good on its own too.

easy dessert mud cake recipe
Slice of Chocolate Dessert

Chocolate Mud Cake

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 6

 Main Ingredients:

  •  eggs
  •   chocolate


  •   All purpose flour - 2 cups + 2 tbsps
  •   Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup + 2 tsps
  •   Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  •   Salt - 1/4 tsp
  •   Castor sugar - 2 1/2 cups
  •   Dark Chocolate - 100 gms, grated or cut into small pieces
  •   Milk chocolate - 100 gms, grated or cut into small pieces
  •   Butter - 1 cup + 2 tbsps, softened and at room temp
  •   Instant Coffee powder - 1 tbsp mixed in 3/4 cup of hot water
  •   Eggs - 4
  •   Vegetable oil - 2 tbsps
  •   Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  •   Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
  •   Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  •   Butter - 1/4 cup, softened and room temp
  •   Cocoa powder - 1/3 cup
  •   Powdered sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  •   Milk - 2 1/4 tbsps
  •   Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp

Method for making Chocolate Mud Cake

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease three 6" round cake pans or two 9" round pans and line with parchment paper, extending the paper at least an inch above the top rim of the pan.
Melt the chocolate and butter over double boiler. Add the coffee mixture and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt over a large bowl.
Add the castor sugar to the bowl and mix/whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
In another bowl, beat the eggs till light. Add vegetable oil, vanilla and buttermilk and whisk well until well combined.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until well combined.
Add the cooled melted chocolate mixture to the egg and flour mixture in three batches, mixing until combined after each addition.
Divide the cake batter equally into the three prepared pans.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Check from 55 mts onwards. Insert a tooth pick or knife into the center of the cake to test whether it is cooked. If the knife comes out clean the cake is ready. Remove cake from oven, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to cool in the pan.
When the cake has cooled to room temperature, remove from the pan.
Prepare the chocolate frosting. Mix butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract and beat with an electric mixer till creamy. Start on low speed and beat on medium high speed for 4 mts.
Spread the frosting over cake using a palette knife and give it a swirl.
Slice and serve.


  •   You can use 200 gms of dark chocolate instead of 100 gms dark chocolate and 100 gms of white chocolate.
  •   I used Morde brand chocolate.
  •   Double boiler method - Heat a cup of water in a deep bowl on low to medium flame. Place the grated chocolate in another steel bowl and place over the bowl of simmering water. The base of the chocolate bowl should not touch the water. Allow the chocolate to melt by stirring it and ensure that no moisture or water comes in contact with the chocolate or else it will seize.
  •   All ingredients should be at room temperature.


With the Christmas season here, I have an easy dessert recipe, Chocolate Mud Cake for you. Easy to make chocolate cake that kids will enjoy.
  • Sowmya

    Can this be made eggless

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, it can be made eggless. Use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup yogurt/curd and omit the eggs. Instead of 2 tbsps oil, use 4 tbsps vegetable oil. I haven’t tried an eggless mud cake. Try and give me your feedback.

  • reddy

    the butter i find in stores has salt. where can i buy unsalted butter? i faced this when baking cookies too. can venna be used?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Venna is nothing but home made unsalted butter. Use it. You will find unsalted butter in most stores that sell milk based products like paneer, yogurt, fresh cream and milk (if you are based in India)

  • Pawani Gvk

    can this cake be made using pressure cooker?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      You can try cooking it a pressure cooker. Do leave your feedback if you have tried it in a pressure cooker.

  • Deeptighera

    What do you mean by buttermilk exactly?

    • Deeptighera

      Is it lassi?

      • Sailu | Indian Food

        Lassi is sweetened buttermilk.

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Beat 3 tbsps of thick curd/yogurt. Add a cup of water and blend well. This is buttermilk. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute with milk which has vinegar added to it. Add a tbsp of vinegar in a cup and fill it with milk. Keep aside for 5 mts and it will curdle. This can be used as a substitute for buttermilk.

  • Deeptighera

    Thanks for your answer… I am also a bit confused about Step 8 where you have asked to divide the cake batter equally into the three prepared pans. Why are we using three pans?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      The cake batter makes for a very large cake. Hence I have asked to make it in smaller cake pans by dividing the batter among the pans. You can halve the recipe and make in two pans or a very large pan.

  • Mounika

    Hi sailu could you please tell me from where do you get this Morde brand chocolate.
    In case if we dont find that what can be the substitute for it ?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      You can get it in any large departmental store. I am not sure where you are based, You can use Callebaut or Selbourne. Both are good.

      • Mounika

        Thanks for your reply sailu.. I am from hyderabad

      • Vinilakalive

        Butter milk… Majjiga?

        • Sailu | Indian Food


  • Nandana

    Hi Sailu,

    I had been following your recipes and blog for many days. I should tell you, each and every recipe I had tried so far come out so perfect.

    Today I tried this chocolate mud cake. But I had replaced with whole wheat flour, butter with oil and I used 1 cup of jaggery + 1 cup of sugar. Except for these replacements, I used everything as written here. It came out perfect.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes and inspiring many of us to cook :).


  • Anujajadhav

    Hey sailu, Can i microwave this cause i dont have a traditional OTC :O

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      I have never baked in a MW.

    • Hema Priyanka

      Try in microwave with 50% power level and 16 min. I did in microwave and it came out well.:)

  • Shivani

    Hi Sailu,

    Can you tell me the difference between caster sugar and powdered sugar? As far as I know both are made from regular sugar, except that the former is less fine the latter.
    Absolutely dying to try this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks, Shivani

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Castor sugar is very fine granulated sugar.

      • Hema Priyanka

        can we grind the ordinary sugar and use it?? Should we grind it into superfine??
        I used cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate and it turned out little bitter. What can I do to make it alright? Anything other than icing or frosting?

  • Lavanya

    Hi mam, after dividing the cake batter in separate pans, can we bake each one separately one after the other, bcoz 3 pans do not fit in my oven at a time…

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, you can bake each pan separately. Place the other two cake pans in the fridge while the first pan is baking in the oven.


    Hi can I use oil instead of butter

    • Sailu | Indian Food


  • Manvi

    Why have you divided batter into three pans?? Do we combine the three layers together??

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Since the batter quantity is more, you will have to bake in TWO 9″ round pans OR THREE 6″ round pans. You will have 3 cakes. For a smaller cake, halve the ingredients and make one large cake in a 9″ round cake pan.

  • Tina

    Hi..what is the baking temperature for this recipe??