The Ultimate Tia Maria Chocolate Fudge Cake




Ok so you all know how I am a huge chocolate fan! Well this is the best chocolate cake I think I have ever made. Thats a bit of a statement isn’t it!! But it is really that amazing, its a huge OMG cake. It was the blogs second Birthday  on the 6th of August and My Birthday yesterday. So naturally we had to do something covered in chocolate, didn’t we?? I think so. I’m a bit late for the blogs birthday so I had to make it up to you, and boy oh boy do I think I have. It’s moist and fudgy and so devilishly good. I couldn’t choose what photos to include, so its a bit of an over kill, but hey I didn’t think you would mind in the slightest:) I personally could sit here and lick my screen at the sight of this cake and the memories of eating it.



I can’t actually believe I have been blogging for over two years now. I have meet so many amazing people from all around the world, some amazing bloggers who inspire me with all their outstanding work, and some amazing followers who have been the biggest support since starting this adventure. You all keep me wanting to continue and improve the blog through not only your comments but your sheer action of returning to the blog. So a huge thank you.


To celebrate my Birthday,  I made my self this chocolate cake then had to work, such an exciting life I lead :) but hey its just another day. I have never really been one for celebrating a Birthday and after last years surprise party that my sister organised, I planned on hiding out this year. I did end up have dinner with my little Sister and my Mum, but nothing fancy or to big, just the way I like it.




As I think of the past year I will remember my year of being 30 with happiness and fond memories, which is the complete opposite to what I thought going into it. It was the year I spent doing up Miss Daisy, my beautiful caravan. Miss Daisy kept me from freaking out that I had hit my thirties and life was passing me by, I had my little project to work on. Getting older had never really bothered me till my thirties were upon me, then wham, freak out, Yes I realise thirty is still young but I felt like I should have achieved something. This year Miss Daisy also went to her first event and what an event it was, every time I look at her I am so proud of how she has been transformed.And seeing her in action pumping out coffees at the event, really took my breath away.


This year is also the year of the book…….. My book that is, A Piece of Cake:) The book has taken years to get off the ground and this was the year it was published. I still have a long way to go to sell them all, but you know what, if this year has shown me anything, it really is if you have the will, there is always away.

Looking back at the year of being 30, I feel like it was the year where I aheived things, so here is to being 31 and enjoying it.

Happy Baking, Sophiaxxxx

P.S If you want a copy of my book you can get a copy right here




The Ultimate Tia Maria Chocolate Fudge Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12
  • CAKE
  • 150g butter or 1.3 sticks
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 150mls Tia Maria
  • 50mls milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ salt
  • 375g dark chocolate
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup Tia Maria
  1. Pre heat the oven to 160C or 320F
  2. Place the butter, chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, white sugar, Tia Maria and the milk into a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally until the butter and chocolate have melted and ingredients are well combined,
  3. Remove from the heat and add the eggs one at a time will whisking. Then sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined, then pour into a 20cm lined cake tin. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked.
  4. To make the ganach, place the chocolate, cream and Tia Maria into a saucepan and heat until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients combined. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before icing the cooled cake.



If you dont have Tia Maria, replace the Tia Maria and milk with baileys, or if you don’t drink alcohol, use a black coffee instead.



  1. says

    I want this cake. In my life. Right now.

    Happy birthday to you and your blog!!! I wish I had a Miss Daisy to fix up to forget that I just turned 30…bleh. The lines on my face….where did they come from? Must.Stop.Smiling.

    I love that you make your own bday cake too :-) And such a decadent one at that! Happy bday to one of my favorite bloggers! Is it bad that I am looking forward to getting my grubby hands on a copy of your book this Christmas more than I am about visiting NZ again?!? :-)

    • Sophia says

      Thank you Lindsey, it was such a good cake!! Ok so next year I’ll make you a cake and you make me a cake, so we don’t have to make our own :) The only problem I can find is the time it would take to post. So maybe we should just fly over and have a holiday at the same time?
      Ahh what lines, you are a true beauty, don’t stop smiling, that would be too sad. You should get yourself a Miss Daisy, I highly recommend it.

    • Sophia says

      he he he, I could have eaten the whole lot, I highly recommend it, but I’m sure my waist line doesn’t

  2. Grace says

    Happy Birthday Sophia, belated as it is, my wishes for your day are sincere. As for your blog wow where has the time gone. I guess time flies when you are having fun!!

    MMMM CHOCOLATE As usual you have managed to out do yourself a beautiful cake and presentation such a delight!

    Always G

    • Sophia says

      Hi G,
      Thank you. Yes a zebra can’t change its strips and I can’t change my love for chocolate :) So yet another chocolate cake. My be I should change the name of the blog to chocolate?

  3. Catherine says

    Hello! This cake looks gorgeous and delicious!! I could eat my computer screen xD I have a question though. The instructions don’t seem to show for how many minutes the cake has to bake. How long does it cook for? And the ganache or frosting… do we combine everything together?

    • Sophia says

      Hi Catherine,
      Thank you so much for pointing that out, I was a bit of a zombie when I was writing it out. All amended now.

  4. says

    Congratulations for the Book, Sophia! And this cake looks amazing – I am a devoted chocolate lover and I will try this recipe this week! Calories do not matter when you have such pleasure in the plate!

    • Sophia says

      Lol, I have to agree, calories don’t matter in the slightest when your eating chocolate cake. Thank you for the well wishes :) xxxx

  5. Jennifer Schneidruk says

    Hi Sophia,
    Wanted to make your Tia Maria cake but directions say 1tspn baking Powder and 1/2 tspn baking powder .
    Could you please tell me if one of theses are meant to be baking soda an what are the correct quantities.

    Thanyou Jennifer

    • Sophia says

      Hi Jennifer,
      I’m so sorry it should be 1/ teaspoon of baking soda, I’ll fix it up now. Let me know how the cake goes. I just used this recipe for a wedding cake I had to make, it went down a treat. xxx Sophia

  6. Claire says

    Just made this for my mother in law, could t believe how rich and moist it was. The best chocolate cake I’ve ever made! Thanks for the recipe.

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