This recipe is hands down a family favorite for and the best ever homemade fudge icing recipe for cake that you’ll ever try.
This is a quick chocolate fudge icing recipe with cocoa powder you can make from scratch that uses simple ingredients that you always will have on hand. But, there is a technique, and an exact method to this one that makes it (almost) perfect every time once you get the hang of it.
I debated whether or not to post this recipe on my blog. Mostly because….well, this recipe can be fickle. But, even though it’s fickle, it will still TASTE good every single time. It may just not look as good.
So, my advice is – don’t plan to make his homemade fudge icing for friends the very first time.
This recipe is an old fashioned boiled fudge icing recipe that my grandmother used to make.
This homemade fudge recipe is kind of a family joke because my Mom made this recipe all the time growing up. And, her mom made it too. But, sometimes this cooked fudge icing turned out as thick as could be and would not spread. That didn’t stop us from eating it though.
Sometimes the homemade fudge is too runny, and sometimes it’s grainy.
But, the bottom line is, if you like chocolate…you will want to at LEAST give this recipe a shot.
I mean, look at that thick layer of chocolate fudge icing!? And, if it fails, then you will be forced to eat it with a spoon then. Darn.
But, I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks that will hopefully help this fudge sheet cake icing turn out perfect every time.
I’ve mastered it. But, ya know, I’ve been making this fudge recipe a while. Since it is fickle, I suggest using it for a sheet cake. I’ve never even attempted cupcakes because, that just seems too hard. But, if you do make this fudge recipe for cupcakes let me know!
We have used it for round cakes though. Super yummy to have the extra layer of fudge in between.
So, if I haven’t scared you off…here is the:
How to make the BEST EVER HOMEMADE FUDGE FROSTING
If you try this recipe and love it…please tell me. And, make sure you pin it, too.
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 4 heaping large spoonfuls of Hershey's Cocoa Powder
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- In a medium pot, measure out two cups of granulate sugar and four heaping spoonfuls of hershey's cocoa. Mix to combine.
- Once sugar and cocoa are mixed together, add 1/2 cup of milk and stir until smooth.
- Next, cut up 4 tablespoons of butter and place on top of mixture.
- Turn on heat to high. Watch closely mixing in the melting butter until the fudge comes to a full rolling boil. I consider it a full rolling boil when the middle of the mixture finally has a bubble that pops.
- Once at a full rolling boil, set a timer for one minute and 20 seconds and let fudge boil at full rolling boil.
- Once the timer goes off, remove from heat and set timer for 30 minutes to let fudge cool.
- Once your 30 minute timer goes off, add in one teaspoon vanilla.
- Whip fudge by hand with a spoon to help it cool. Continue to stir/whip until the fudge is thick enough to harden once you spread on cake, but not too runny to pour over sides of cake. This is the part that takes practice!
- Once fudge thickens, pour over cake and be prepared to spread fudge evenly over cake quickly. It will cool rapidly as you spread and start to harden. Serve and enjoy!
This can be made a dairy free fudge recipe by using a dairy free milk substitute and coconut oil instead of butter.
You can make this a dairy free homemade cooked fudge icing too!
For many years, I was dairy free, and craved chocolate. This recipe saved me over and over again. I was able to adapt it easily to make it a dairy free homemade fudge, and to be honest – it was easily just as good.
If you want to make this a dairy free fudge recipe, try substituting any of your favorite milk substitute. I used to use rice milk for this recipe and couldn’t even tell. I also used 4 tbsp of coconut oil instead of butter, and it worked! The fudge still came out beautifully every time.