Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge-Fudge Ripple Cake


When I saw this cake at Mrs. Happy Homemaker, I knew that I had to make it.  Her cake looked wonderful and delicious.  I had only one problem (I thought), and that was that I did not have any layer cake pans.  I never make layer cakes and long ago disposed of my pans.  Nevertheless, I knew that I would forge on.  Thus begins the Saga of the Fudge Ripple Cake.

I gathered my ingredients and stirred up the cake.  I use Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend so  I used that instead of liquid buttermilk.  I decided to use butter instead of the shortening that was used in the original recipe.  I lined a 9x13-inch pan with foil so that I could remove the cake from the pan easily.

Next I stirred up the cream cheese/sweetened condensed milk topping.  I make my own homemade sweetened condensed milk so I had made up a batch of that.  I poured the mixture over the cake batter and baked the cake.  When I took the cake from the oven I noticed that the top did not look like the pictures in Mrs. Happy Homemaker’s post.  It didn’t seem like a problem.

Since I was going to lose daylight to take pictures, I let the cake set overnight before I made the frosting.  The next day I made up the frosting.  I had only 1 cup of cocoa so used that instead of the 1 1/3 cups cocoa asked for.  The frosting was plenty chocolaty enough for me, but use the 1 1/3 cups if you are really into chocolate.

I removed the cake from the pan and put it in a jelly-roll pan to frost as I have nothing in which to store a rectangular cake that is not left in the pan.  Being far from a cake decorator, I did my best to apply the frosting.  I did have frosting left over which I froze to use another time.


I cut my cake through the middle anxious to see the ripple.  Oh, my!  There were no ripples.  What there was, was a layer of cream cheese underneath the cake.  So what happened?  Well, perhaps two things.  When I made the homemade sweetened condensed milk, I almost burned it.  Since I wasn’t sure that I would be able to use that batch, I poured the whole batch into a plastic container instead of dividing it up like I always did in the past.  The milk may not have thickened up as much as it should have before I used it.  I used low-fat cream cheese.  Maybe I should have used the regular.  I may have forgotten the cornstarch.  At any rate, this is what the bottom of my cake looked like.


Was all lost?  Of course not.  The cake is a moist chocolaty cake just the way I like it.  The frosting is firm and fudgy and stays in place.  And the cream cheese layer is a little surprise at the bottom.  In spite of what happened, this is a very good cake


So make this cake.  Ripple or no ripples you will be glad you did.  I am giving you the exact ingredients  Mrs. Happy Homemaker did.

Fudge Ripple Cake
Mrs. Happy Homemaker blog

For the cake:
1/2 cup shortening
1.5 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cups buttermilk

For the Ripple:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
2/3 cup butter, softened
5 3/4 cups powdered sugar (I did put it through a sieve)
1 1/3 cups cocoa
1 heaping cup heavy cream

Grease and flour two (9-inch) round cake pans.  Beat shortening and sugar together with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs, beating on medium speed.  Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk ending with the flour mixture.  Beat 3 minutes at high speed, stopping once to scrape down sides.  Stir in the vanilla.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

Beat cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, and cornstarch at medium speed until creamy.  Gradually add the sweetened condensed milk, beating well.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Divide the cream cheese mixture between the two cake pans, pouring on top and spreading to evenly cover the cake batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  After removing from the oven, use a large spatula or wide knife to press the cake down somewhat.  Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Using an electric mixer, beat 2/3 cup butter until creamy.  Add the powdered sugar, cocoa and heavy cream.  Stir in low until combined.  Beat at high speed until creamy.  Spread frosting between the cake layers and on top and sides of cake.  Slice.  Enjoy.  Repeat.

Since I did not get any ripples in my cake, I decided to make Chocolate Ripple No-Machine Ice Cream to serve with the cake.  I will be back with that post later today.

Be sure to check out the links below to see all the great chocolate cakes that other bloggers have made.


  1. Well it looks delicious to me!!!

  2. Loy

    Don't we all have days like that. I can make delicious foods, but they don't always look picture perfect! I had issues with my chocolate cake entry too.

    You make your own Sweetened Condensed Milk? I bet it tasted as good at the cake bottom as rippling through out!

  3. Looks delish to me I'll have a bite please. andi

  4. Oh, wow. AMAZING cake! All this chocolate is making me hungry. This cake would satisfy that craving!

  5. This cake sounds AMAZING, even if it didn't quite work out! I'm looking at it at work and drooling on my desk. I HAVE to try this!

    Check out my cake, #59, a much simpler one than this but still delicious!

  6. Can't wait to try this one out! It looks so good :)

  7. It sounds like you made lemonade out of what could have been lemons! The cake looks beautiful and sounds tasty. I am looking forward to your ice cream. I am a new follower!

  8. I like the idea of the cream cheese-condensed milk layer! I ma going to have to try that! It looks dee-lish in spite of your trials in preparing it! (Visiting from the CCC #60)

  9. Though it didn't ripple it still looks delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Cook Lisa Cook

  10. Bless your sweet heart. Gotta give you credit for trying...looks wonderful to me and I'm sure it tastes amazing too. I love love love that homemade sweetened condensed milk...and cream cheese to boot. Can't go wrong with that combination. MMM!

  11. I volunteer to lick the bowl on this one. Looks positively decadent.

  12. Hi Loy,
    I just love this Fudge Ripple Cake, it looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  13. No one ever said the ripple couldn't be at the bottom! I think that cake sounds amazing.

  14. Well, I think it looks delicious either way!

    Jen #79


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