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Fudge Icing goes perfectly on so many desserts. Get this heirloom fudge icing recipe that is sure to become a family favorite

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For as long as I remember, this Fudge Icing has been a special part of my Grandmother Verdie’s recipe collection. She’d make it each year to top my sister’s Chocolate Pound Cake Grandmother would make her for her birthday.

While the Chocolate Pound Cake was just delicious on its own, it didn’t hold a candle to when it was topped with her fudge icing.


Maybe that’s why I have this obsession with chocolate.

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I will tell you though, this fudge icing is thick and rich – and heavenly! I make it while the chocolate pound cake is cooling and then begin pouring  the fudge icing over the top once it is ready. By the end, I do end up having to just spoon bits of the fudge icing onto the cake it gets so thick.

Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe | ©

Be sure to make this cake WITH the fudge icing soon. It is perfect for celebrations, reunions, picnics, taking on camping trips and just about anything else you can imagine.

Oh yeah – and it works like a charm for those instances when one child is jealous of another’s birthday party.

Believe me, I speak from experience.

How to Make Fudge Icing

  • Stir together sugar, cocoa powder, and milk together in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Cook until large bubbles begin to form and the mixture reaches a hard boil.
  • Boil for 1 minute at a hard boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until thick and smooth.
  • Pour over the cake. The fudge icing will firm as it cools.

This Fudge Icing also works perfectly on so many other desserts! Here are just a few ideas:

Practically just about anything you would use a ganache on, you can now use this fudge icing recipe. You won’t be sorry!

Here’s Grandmother’s Fudge Icing Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

4.60 from 35 votes

Fudge Icing Recipe

Dessert 10 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 12
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Fudge Icing goes perfectly on so many desserts. Get this heirloom fudge icing recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, cut into cubes (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Mix sugar, cocoa powder, and milk together in a large saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until large bubbles form and reaches a hard boil. Boil one minute at a hard boil. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.
  • Beat with a wooden spoon until thick and smooth.
  • Pour over cake. It will harden as it cools.


This icing hardens quickly. I prefer to use it as a poured icing as photographed or poured onto a sheet cake. I would not recommend using it as a spreadable frosting on a layered cake.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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Recipe Review


  1. 5 stars
    Exactly what I was looking for! I used an electric hand mixer instead of a wooden spoon 🫢, turned out perfect.

    1. I’m so glad this fudge icing recipe was the one you needed, Whitney, and worked so well with the hand mixer.

    2. 5 stars
      This is it! I have been trying to recreate a recipe from memory that came from an old cook book my aunt had and I could never quite get it right. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for it tastes just like I remember.

    3. Lexi, I’m glad this recipe tastes like the fudge icing you remember. This is the recipe my grandmother always made.

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