Double chocolate loaf cake

Double chocolate loaf cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 55 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8-10 slices

Chocolate and cake are two of our favourite things, so what's not to love about this indulgent cake?

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
504
protein
8g
carbs
48g
fat
32g
saturates
16g
fibre
2g
sugar
33g
salt
0.64g

Ingredients

  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g plain chocolate chips or chunks
  • few extra chunks white, plain and milk chocolate, for decorating

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a long strip of baking parchment. To make the loaf cake batter, beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder, milk and cocoa until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 45-50 mins until golden, risen and a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean.
  2. Cool in the tin, then lift out onto a wire rack over some kitchen paper. Melt the extra chocolate chunks separately in pans over barely simmering water, or in bowls in the microwave, then use a spoon to drizzle each in turn over the cake. Leave to set before slicing.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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Yasmeen1985's picture

This cake is amazing, but I do always make it without the almond flour . It always tuns out perfect! I also sometimes bake them in muffin cases for about 20 minutes if I want to make smaller cakes.

bonnieballoo688's picture

This is the easiest, quickest, tastiest, best chocolate cake I have ever made. And my family and friends think so too!

Oven times are wrong though - like other people, there is no way it cooks in 50 mins@160. After 45-50 mins I cover it loosely with foil and put it back for another 10 mins or so.

I also make a lemon variation by substituting 2 lemons for the chocolate. Rind into mixture, juice plus a bit of sugar into a pan, reduce a bit, and then pour it over very slowly over warm cake to allow it to really soak in.

Ells61's picture

Turned out really nicely, extremely delicious!

Zackaroo's picture

This was an absolute disaster for me, I am very new to this baking lark and always get it wrong. I followed all the instructions to the last detail. However the cake was not even near cooked After 45 mins, it had risen all over the tin burnt and had I cook it for an hour and it was so dry. :-( this is why I give up.

travburt's picture

Great recipe, the cake was delicious, but it took an extra 40 mins in the oven to bake!

HB's picture

This is such a light and moist cake, and so easy to make too. You can definitely taste the almonds. I am giving 4 stars because it could be more chocolatey but overall its a great cake. I drizzled white choc on mine and baked for 75 minutes in my gas oven!

siobhansstuff's picture

A really nice cake but all my chocolate chunks fell to the bottom of the cake. Anyone any ideas of how to stop this? I also used light brown sugar instead of golden caster sugar and it worked well. I cooked it at 140 in a fan oven for about an hour.

colleen48's picture

I baked this cake for the first time last weekend - I've got to agree with previous comments regarding the cooking time - it took just over an hour in my fan oven. However it was very, very easy to make and delicious and very moist. I'm now under orders to make this cake more often!

stratoula's picture

I made this loaf cake first time today. Very easy recipe to follow. I added 1 teaspoon of almond essence. Simply to enhance the ground almonds. I added milk chocolate chips. I have a fan assisted oven so l cooked cake on 140 degrees for 1 hour & 10 minutes. Smelled delicious while cooking. Once cake had cooled l melted some Lindt milk chocolate & drizzled over my cake then left to set. Enjoyed it with a cup of tea. My husband & 2 year old little girl loved the cake too. Great for when your in a real chocolate mood as l am currently mmmm......delicious!!!! Make it & enjoy!

frowne's picture
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Delicious! Turned out perfectly

last edited: 16:26, 21st Jun, 2013
caryl1's picture
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I followed the recipe to the letter but divided the mixture between 2x1lb tins. They took 1hour 10 minutes! I notice that other people have had the same problem. Please would you update the cooking time for everyone's sake! I'm sure it will taste lovely (judging by everyone elses comments) but people with busy lives need to know how much time to put aside when making things from scratch.

sarahwhiddett's picture

This is gorgeous - easy to make and looks fantastic.

mindymoo62's picture
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This cake is lovely! I made it in a round 19inch tin. It took a bit longer to cook but looked fabulous! I split it in half and filled it with morello cherry jam ( from Aldi ) and chocolate buttercream.I also put some on the top and added a few white chocolate curls. It tasted fab and was devoured by our guests at a buffet tea. Definitely will be a regular in our house. Yum yum yum!

asmelly's picture
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A good cake but, as others have said, the cooking time isn't right. I think 1hr - 1hr 15m is a more realistic time scale. Other than that it's a quick, easy and simple recipe which, despite its simplicity, looks fantastic. Yum!

loxyfoxes's picture
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without fail.....every single time I make this everyone loves it and I have been asked for the recipe. Give it a go for sure!

megsnb's picture
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Amazingly yummy cake! Perfect with a cup of tea. 50 minutes cooking time is very optimistic though. It took more like 70 for me.

lovelyamanda's picture
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Gorgeous and moist and lasted for days. This is my me favourite chocolate cake so will definitely be making again!

baker12345's picture
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Needs a bit longer in the oven, but gorgeous!

beckyp-w's picture

This cake was out of this world! The only problem is once you try it you want more!!

flapjackie's picture
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One of my favourite Good Food recipes, which is always being requested by the family. The ground almonds make it lovely and moist. I don't bother icing it as it is tasty enough without. I make it all in one so it is very quick to whizz up. Takes slightly longer to cook than recipe, but don't leave in the oven too long or it will dry out.

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