(Death By) White Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

White Chocolate Mud Cake pin

If you’re looking for a cake that has healthy attributes throw your arms in the air and run away screaming.

This simple white chocolate mud cake is the least healthy cake known to man: it’s basically an instant coronary.

You have been warned.

Easy white chocolate mud cake wide shot

This cake is the teenagers’ new birthday cake of choice, so twice a year I make it, with love.

Simple White Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe


  • 250g butter
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 440g caster sugar (2 cups)
  • 250ml milk (1 cup)
  • 225g plain flour (1.5 cups)
  • 75g SR flour (0.5 cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs


  • Set oven to 160 degrees C.
  • Chop butter and break up the chocolate and put them into a saucepan with the milk and
  • Heat very gently, stirring, until everything melts together and is smooth: no boiling!
    Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Sieve flour into a bowl.
  • Whisk together eggs and vanilla.
  • Blend flour into butter, sugar, chocolate and milk mixture. Then stir in the eggs and vanilla mixture.
  • Pour mixture into tins. I used two small round spring tins for this cake, but often use a
    larger single tin. Official Womens Weekly recipe calls for one 20cm round cake tin.
  • Bake large single tins for about an hour, then cover tin with foil to stop it burning and
    bake another 45 minutes. My smaller tins took about 45 minutes.

Ice with white chocolate ganache: 125ml cream (0.5 cups) and 300g white chocolate gently heated together then cooled… makes heaps… I used about ? of that amount.

Easy white chocolate mud cake

By teenagers’ request, there are no photos of the candles or himself blowing. These modern kids do know their digital rights.

simple white chocolate mud cake ingredients
The eggs look like the only super healthy ingredient!

The recipe is from a book called Cafe Cakes, by the Women’s Weekly. My two sisters and I have have that small recipe book and we swear by it.

Melting the milk, butter, chocolate and butter – very gently. The butter was very soft so I didn’t bother to chop it up.
Mixing it up… I’m using a longer exposure here to get the movement of my spoon, had the camera on a tripod.
Whisking all the ingredients in together.
Here’s one of the tins, the top has gone a bit hard and cracked on this one. Too hot maybe?  Didn’t matter.
Simple white chocolate mud cake
At this point, I decided we’d better drizzle all over.

So there you have it. One son one year older… always a little voice at the back of my mind saying: ‘I want my baby back!!’  Last year, I was allowed to put some photos of him up and write 16 things about it.

But not this year. Fair enough, son. But the cake goes out into the world!

Please don’t make it if you already have clogged arteries. Luckily, I’d had a big swim with the Bold and the Beautiful yesterday morning… I needed some simple carbohydrates… and I got them!

Find much healthier cakes here:

Healthy Zucchini Bread

Super Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Hope your week goes well, and the baking too.

Do you make the odd death by chocolate cake?

Or are all your cakes of nothing but dates, nuts and organic cocoa??

Don’t tell me!

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  1. says: Averil

    I love the occasional coronary inducing cake!
    I have a sticky date pudding recipe that uses so much butter your arteries will gasp when they see it! So comforting though….

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Oh please send me the recipe… I have never ever made one but still dream of the ones my Mum made…. with caramel fudge sauce…. ideal for w inter night or for when life gets all a bit too much….

  2. 17 years of parenting Seana! Now that is an accomplishment and I’m sure all the practice you had with your oldest is good for the younger ones!

    Very sad not to see a photo of the lad in question – these teenagers are selfish 😉

    But I loved the post you wrote for his birthday last year. A real weep. Congats to all.

    x A

    1. says: Seana Smith

      You should see how long his hair is now, Annabel. He’s so proud of himself is Mr17 of the long tresses. Very 1980s, his fave era.

  3. I don’t bake as a rule. I’m not very good at it. The girls still seem to enjoy the fun of mixing cake batter and licking spoons though so I let them bake when birthdays are sprung on me. Chocolate mud cake, chocolate brownies, chocolate anything usually. With chocolate chips and chocolate icing for good measure.

    Only problem is the mess they leave behind. Except for the mixing bowls. They’re licked clean.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      I’m a dedicated bowl licker too, I reckon the raw cake mix is actually better than the baked cake. I do love a one-bowl cake… less washing up.

  4. says: Mairi Stones

    Yum!!! I made the chocolate brownies from that very book on Friday. Some for twin daughter to take skiing and the rest are being scoffed by twin son with broken collar bone; appreciated mucho. X

    1. says: Seana Smith

      I atoned for the nutritional sins by making the chocolate brownie with coconut flour and no sugar this arvo. Very good indeed, in fact really I prefer it. New juicer going really well, Mairi.

      1. says: Mairi Stones

        What recipe for the sugar free brownies please? My nutritionist has said no no no to sugar and I find I need a treat so maybe this could do it.

        1. says: Seana Smith

          These were the Gooey Chocolate Brownies from Quirky Cooking – did we make them when you were here. I chucked in some almond flour too this time- kids wolf them down.

  5. says: Christina

    Sometimes I make healthy desserts and other times I push the boat out towards the island of sugar, cream and butter. Because sometimes the situation demands it and your son’s birthday was clearly one of those times 🙂

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Yes, and a bit of balance is always good. Same with desserts, I usually aim for fruity feats, but last night used up the leftover cream to make a creamy mango pud with a bit of sugar too… and really that dessert is just fantastic. Can’t imagine a life without a bit of cream in it somewhere. Thanks for popping over.

  6. I love this recipe!! I use it all the time, so lush and sweet and chocolatey… I noticed the eggs are Macro… that’s healthy isn’t it 😉

    Happy birthday to your 17 year old, he probably needs all the feeding he can get if he is like my teenage boys.
    Oh can you email me your postal address, you won some cocktail vouchers on my site 🙂

  7. says: Hotly Spiced

    What a gorgeous cake. And I know what you mean by saying, ‘I want my baby back’. It does go by so very quickly! And I know how they don’t want to be photographed and they don’t want this and they don’t want that – they think they’re ‘normal’ but they’re actually very difficult. Happy birthday to Teen 17! xx

  8. says: Nigel

    Hi Seana, I’m about to make this cake for our daughters 7th birthday and really looking forward to trying it as it sounds gorgeous. I was wondering however if you could tell me what you used for a filling? In the photo it looks like you have jam through the middle but I can’t see where you have noted this in your ingredients or instructions. Can you advise what you used, or alternatively, what works best.


    1. says: Seana Smith

      Hello there, yes! I did use strawberry jam in the middle of the cake too and haven’t put it in the recipe. My older so always demands if but when I make it for the wee ones they don’t like the jam.

  9. says: Ellen

    Hi Seana! Looks delicious, going to use this recipe to bake a cake for my sons 2nd Birthday tomorrow! I was planning on just using 1 single 20cm cake tin, then once the cake is cooled cutting it in half and putting a layer of ganache between the layers. Is this cake firm enough if i were to cut it? Or would it crumble?
    Also, 160 degree C oven, would this be fan forced? If not, do you know what tempterature I’d need to bake at in my fan forced oven? Thank you!

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Hello there Ellen, I think it’s a bit soft and squidgy for cutting in half, I have to say. My oven is fan-forced and I cook it at 160 in there. It’s so delicious and SO unhealthy!! My third son had a tooth taken out today as it had such a big filling so now I need to find less sugary snacks for him to have. All the kids do love this cake – it’s a major treat cake. Hope it works well for you.

      Happy birthday to your boy.

  10. says: Elon Hawkins

    This looks amazing! Going to make this as my Birthday cake this year. I’m a bit nervous about the richness of the frosting… is the cream cheese a lot? Should I do a buttercream instead? Or just stick with the cream cheese?

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