Double chocolate loaf cake

Double chocolate loaf cake

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 55 mins


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

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal504
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.64g
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  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 egg



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  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
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  • 100ml milk



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  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g plain chocolate chip or chunks
  • few extra chunks white, plain and milk chocolate, for decorating


  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.

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Comments (199)

douglassnowden's picture

I used milk chocolate drops instead of plain chocolate chunks and it worked well. The cake itself is a really moist and delicious. Everyone who's sampled it has asked for more! I use it every time we have a 'get together' for my charity.

juliac's picture

I made this loaf into a pirate ship for my son's birthday and just replaced the almonds with flour, it was simply wonderful and so easy to make. highly recommended.

magicmushroom's picture

Very nice cake. Took a lot longer to cook than specified - I had to turn the oven up and leave in for another 20 minutes. Nice and moist. I will use milk chocolate next time however as I think it will taste nicer than the plain. I drizzled with melted white chocolate and it's lovely. My husband is just digging into his second slice so it must be good :)

lynzi2002uk's picture

Needed about 10 minutes longer than time on recipe but absolutely worth it. Really quick and easy to make. Delicious!

giwilliams's picture

Gorgeous moist loaf cake! So easy to make, although, like many others are saying, cooking time is a little longer than stated but believe me, it is sooooo worth the wait!!

yorkshirepud1's picture

Made this the other day and it's amazing. It kept really well and didn't dry out at all. Very moist cake.

bethany100's picture

It's out the oven and... it's a lovely chocolate loaf, perfect for everyone, and so easy to make, I will be making this in future.

bethany100's picture

It's out the oven and... it's a lovely chocolate loaf, perfect for everyone, and so easy to make, I will be making this in future.

bethany100's picture

I am in the process of making this, it's in the oven it smells gorgeous. I'll let you know once I've tried it.

sammyv's picture

Lovely dense chocolate loaf - came out perfect after 55 mins in a fan oven. I topped with chocolate ganache and more chocolate. Very easy and loved by all.

bblackcat09's picture

Tasty, moist & easy to make. Needed a little longer in the oven than suggested

lw01ms's picture

Really easy recipe with fantastic results. I make this cake regularly for the "family business". We always sell home made cakes - yummy.

raadhiyah786's picture

so easy to make and everyone liked it

virtualdeborah's picture

This is my second time of making this cake. Nice and easy to make. I just threw all the ingredients in to my mixer and turned on then stirred in the chocolate chips.

I omitted the almonds and upped the flour. It is a really tasty, moist cake. However, it takes quite a bit longer than the stated baking time - approx 25 mins extra - so don't be alarmed if at the end of 45-50 mins your cake is still uncooked.

murrellb83's picture

Turned out great. I doubled the quantity of chocolate chips as I wanted every piece to have at least a few! I also needed to bake for an extra 25 minutes as most people have indicated.

purplejp's picture

This is the first cake I've baked since I was a school!! The instructions are good (even for someone with an M.E. brain like me!), but as others have said it took longer to cook - an hour at 150 degrees for me.
I changed the top a little. Asda do their own brand version of Nutella but they do a dark choc version. I spread a good layer on top and added chocolate sprinkles. It looked and tasted divine, so thanks for a great recipe!

cakesbysarahjayne's picture

A really lovely moist Loaf Cake which kept really well, not that it lasted long with my family! Definitely needs to cook longer than stated though - this will certainly be a regular in our house.

lisajo29's picture

One of the best chocolate cake recipes. It was so light, spongey, and moist and the ground almonds gives it a nice nutty kick! I always cover my cakes with foil as soon as they come out of the oven (for a couple of hours) as it helps lock in all the heat and softens the cake more. 5 out of 5!

saurin101's picture

Made this cake,and it was very good.Didn't have any ground almonds so I used 200 grams of self raising flour and tsp of vanilla extract.Like others, this cake takes longer than the recipe time,just over an hour.

sailorgirl700's picture

Made this cake yesterday, It was very good, moist and chocolatey. It did take 60 mins to cook in my oven. I only drizzled white chocolate over the top.


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