My Grandmother’s Cocoa Fudge

My grandmother made the same cake for my grandfather’s birthday for most of his adult life – when they married around the time they each turned 20, my grandmother learned the recipe for the yellow cake with fudge icing that he loved so much. “The hard part,” my grandmother always said. “was getting the icing onto the cake while it was hardening, because it hardens quickly and is brittle and crumbling.”

I thought this particular recipe (similar ones are found lots of places, including this one from Just a Pinch!) was so magical when I first tried cooking as a teenager: start with cocoa powder, sugar, and milk and all of a sudden, you have candy! It was pretty high-intensity, trying to make sure I got to exactly the right level of boil so that the candy turned out soft and crumbling. There are moments when you need to stir a ton, and moments when you need to avoid stirring at all, and what results can either frost a cake with sweet, sugary fudge or just be served in a little block… or four.

Fudge is certainly not a health food, but on this sweet, cool Autumn afternoon, I was more than happy to add a few extra chores to my schedule when I had a sliver of sugary chocolate motivating me. The key is to keep your hands off the next pieces! I will have to eat my salad and the rest of my dinner before I can partake in more of my grandmother’s traditional birthday treat, the one she’s been making for 67 years of marriage to my grandfather.

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32 comments on “My Grandmother’s Cocoa Fudge

  1. Fudge… such a comfort food, especially when it is from a recipe that our parents and or grandparents prepared. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Mel & Suan says:

    A fudge cake a day keep the blues away!

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  3. foodinbooks says:

    That looks delicious AND comforting! Enjoy!

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  4. it’s almost bedtime and I just read about this and now I’m wide awake wanting some fudge!!

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  5. Maria Doss says:

    The word grandmother screams comfort!! This fudge fits the bill!

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  6. calennaj says:

    I log on to WordPress to update my blog and what’s the first thing I see in my feed? Fudge! Mmm, yummy. Now I want make some.

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  7. Annie says:

    I need to invite some folks over to have an excuse to make and eat this FUDGE.

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  8. brie.it.on says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely be trying this out!

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  9. Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing. I have yet to make fudge…I need to get on that ASAP haha!

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  10. I can imagine the smell from the kitchen now, perfect for a post thanks giving lazy day!!!

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  11. Sue says:

    Wow…I can taste that fudge right through the screen, I swear! I guess that would be a good way to go easy on the calories, wouldn’t it?! And, I couldn’t agree more about the motivation that one little piece of chocolate provides. Yum!

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  12. Very delicious, I brought it to work today, very succesful

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  13. Socs says:

    Wow, this looks soo delicious! πŸ™‚

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  14. stubbsyblog says:

    Salivating at just the pictures!

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  15. I just climbed off the bicycle and crave some calories. Mouthwatering… I have to try your recipe.

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  16. ShutterNerd says:

    We should team up! You bake ’em and I photograph ’em. (And then eat ’em.)

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  17. wow!! Yummy ❀

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  18. tigre23 says:

    It’s nice to have a sweet treat now and then…everything in moderation! Thanks for the follow! Peace and blessings! πŸ™‚

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  19. gebbysmith says:

    I love this fudge. When I was growing up in Baltimore, we would put Mom’s fudge on the back porch in the winter so it would harden faster. Sometimes we put peanut butter in it, as well. Thank you for the “follow.” I am going to follow you because my first look at your site was a big slab of real, no-kidding fudge! πŸ™‚

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  20. vylyst says:

    Grandmothers’ recipes are always the best!

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  21. Beverly says:

    Really enjoy your blog. Storytelling is such an intriguing art.

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  22. Mary Ann says:

    I love anything old fashioned.. I search for old handwritten cook books at lawn sales.. Thank you for sharing memories πŸ™‚

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  23. Eugenia says:

    Yum, and thank you for the follow. Fudge is such a comfort food, it’s hard to resist.

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  24. misscece says:

    Thats looks so great. I can’t wait to try it!

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  25. We share a fudge history. I will not eat any other kind.

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  26. chefkreso says:

    Looks amazing! Nice post!

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