Double chocolate loaf cake

Double chocolate loaf cake

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(172 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 55 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
    Butter

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  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
    Eggs

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  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 100ml milk

    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
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

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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.

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anna2705
23rd Jan, 2017
5.05
This cake is fab! Very easy to make and everyone loved it. Kept nice and moist. As per the other comments took over double the allocated cooking time so leave plenty of time to bake. I didn't have chocolate chips so cut up some chocolate instead which worked well. will be baking this regularly I think!
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cazncake
20th Jul, 2017
3.8
Easy cake to make and was a crowd pleaser so much so I can't give it five stars as it was all gone before I had a chance to taste it!!! Again as per the other comments it took a good while longer to bake than the recipe states.
jbodman
16th Oct, 2016
5.05
I made this without the icing and it was just lovely on its own - a very easy to make light sponge, a brilliant quick chocolate cake recipe to have in your repertoire. Like other comments it took a lot longer to cook - I set my fan oven to 150, covered with foil after 50 minutes and it took another 25 minutes for the middle to set. Will definitely make again though!
shazmj
20th Aug, 2016
5.05
i made this cake one plain choc and one with drop of orange essence in the choc, i had to cook it about ten mins more than receipe said but it was really nice and moist, will defo be making it again.
marnimasni
20th Aug, 2016
5.05
I made this today. This loaf cake baked beautifully. It took about 50 minutes in my oven. I decided not to use all 3 of the large eggs that I had prepared, used only 2 instead as the butter/egg mixture looked liquidy at first and I didn't want the emulsion to break. The ground almonds is an essential ingredient in the recipe, don't omit it! The cake batter was divine, tasted like Ferrero Rocher. I used Guittard's Dutch-processed cocoa powder and Hershey's chocolate chips and added a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The ground almonds gives density and adds a bit of crunch to the cake, almost like eating a cake brownie. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
emmatiger10
11th Aug, 2016
3.8
Its really tasty and rich. I originally baked this with the intention to take it to work, however I feel as though it is more of a desert cake than a snack with a cup of tea. Delicious with ice cream. It also took about half an hour or more longer to cook than stated in the recipe with foil placed over the top once the top had cooked (at about 50 mins).
ajflower
22nd May, 2016
Turned out great but had to cook for about 1 hour 20 minutes and all the chocolate chips sank to the bottom! still tasted great though!
allielovetocook
7th May, 2016
5.05
Not bad at all !! .. I used generous tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder, large eggs, and a good white chocolate for the chunks. The mixture going into the tin looked really thick, creamy and lovely. It took an hour to cook and I put it in at 150 degrees for the first 5 mins or so to give it a good start and then turned it down, however although the skewer came out clean, once cooling the cake sank a little in the middle. Not to worry though, once decorated it looked really good and tasted better .. we loved it! Will definitely make again as is lovely and light and moist.
NatKJ21
10th Dec, 2015
3.8
Made this yesterday, tasted good but a little dry. This may be because after 45 minutes the cake was very wobbly and nowhere near cooked inside yet (which is odd because our oven normally cooks a little fast and I have to subtract 5 minutes from the baking time for most bakes). So I turned the oven up to 180 degrees and popped back in for 10-15 minutes (I wouldn't normally do this but I needed the oven for something else) and it came out cooked, but this may be why it was dry. Will be adding 15 minutes to the cooking time next time but keep at 160. Still went down well with the family- they loved it and said it was very chocolatey!
pomelorose
8th Jun, 2015
5.05
This turned out perfectly. I omitted the ground almonds and added 1 tsp of vanilla essence for extra flavour. I also used about 100g of dark chocolate to make the chocolate chips (rather than 50g as suggested in the recipe). I didn't bother with the chocolate topping as I didn't think it needed it. I cooked the cake in 50 minutes in a fan-assisted oven at 160. It came out perfect - moist and delicious. I will be making this again!

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goodfoodteam
7th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. For two sandwich tins we recommend making one and a half times the recipe, then split it between the two tins. Hope it turns out nicely!BBC Good Food team

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