Cocoa Fudge Sauce, Glaze, or Frosting

May 11, 2015

Author Notes: Easy peasy and versatile—my favorite bittersweet ice cream topping also makes a superb and easy to marble glaze for cakes. Alice Medrich

Makes: about 2 cups


  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 1 cup (90 grams) unsweetened natural or alkalized cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 pinches salt, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the sugar and cocoa. Gradually stir in the cream. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Use warm as a sauce or glaze, or let it cool and spread like frosting. Store leftover sauce covered in the fridge. Reheat gently in pan of simmering water, or in a microwave on low.
  2. NOTE: To crumb coat a cake before glazing, let the sauce cool to a soft frosting consistency. Spread a very thin layer of it over the cake to glue to the crumbs and provide a smooth surface for the glaze. Refrigerate the cake for just 5 or 10 minutes to set the surface. To glaze the cake, reheat the remaining sauce gently, stirring until it is smooth, glossy, and pourable. Pour over the cake.

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