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Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

We hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. We woke up to snow in our yard on Memorial Day so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors. Instead, we watched movies and I did some baking.  For dessert, I made a Double Chocolate Loaf Cake. We served it with whipped cream and strawberries to create chocolate strawberry shortcake. It was heavenly!

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe

The double chocolate loaf cake was easy to make. The cake batter has a double dose of chocolate, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks.  It didn’t take long for our house to smell like chocolate. I had a hard time waiting for the cake to bake and cool. The smell was torturous. I couldn’t wait to taste it.

The chocolate loaf cake is incredibly moist and extremely decadent. We topped thick cake slices with whipped cream and strawberries. It was the perfect finish to this rich, chocolaty cake. The cake would also be good with a dusting of powdered sugar and a glass of cold milk or scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you are a chocolate fan, you have to make this Double Chocolate Loaf Cake. It is a chocolate lover’s dream!

Double Chocolate Loaf

Yield: 1 9x5 loaf


3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60-72%), coarsely chopped

Whipped cream and strawberries, for serving, if desired


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position the rack in the center. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan, dust it with flour, and knock out the excess flour.

2. Place the brown sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Press out any lumps with the back of a large spoon. Add the cocoa, flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk until blended, then add the buttermilk,oil, and vanilla; whisk until combined. Turn the mixer to low and slowly stream the wet ingredients into the dry ones, mixing just until combined. Stir in the dark chocolate chunks by hand.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Slice the cake and serve with whipped cream and strawberries, if desired.

Recipe from Baked Explorations

If you like this Double Chocolate Loaf, you might also like:

Zucchini Chocolate Loaf from Fork Spoon Knife
Salty Caramel Drenched Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from How Sweet It Is
Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake from Baking Bites

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69 Responses to “Double Chocolate Loaf Cake”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 1, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    This chocolate loaf looks delicious, especially in strawberry shortcake form!

  2. Ben — June 1, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Movies and a delicious cake, what’s not to love? 😀

  3. Sues — June 1, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Making a chocolate strawberry shortcake has never crossed my mind… But why not?! This looks amazing! The chocolate loaf cake looks so moist and fluffy :)

  4. Erica — June 1, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    SNOW??? Craziness. This looks awesome! The whipped cream on top of the dark cake is so pretty. A must try! Hope you, Josh and the peanut to be are doing well :)

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 1, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    WHAT?! girl, i am SO glad we didn’t have snow. if that had happened there would have been an epic meltdown…and i don’t mean it would have been nate. at least you had that amazing chocolate cake to keep you warm!

  6. Blog is the New Black — June 1, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    You had me at double chocolate! :)

  7. Traci — June 1, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    All you had to do was say chocolate and it’s on my list of “have to” make it recipes.

  8. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 1, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    The cake looks scrumptious. I love chocolate and strawberries together.

  9. Jenny Flake — June 1, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Now that just looks delicious! Craving chocolate now :)

  10. katrina — June 1, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful cake ! I can’t wait to make this – thank you!

  11. It’s torturous just looking at that cake and not being able to have a slice!

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 1, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I need this today :)

  13. Deb @ knitstamatic — June 1, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Oh that looks decadent! But, snow on Memorial Day?!

  14. Brett — June 1, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I’m in love with the pictures of those cakes. I will forward to the baker in the house. I’m hoping she’ll feel the same way and hook us up this weekend.

  15. bestfoodies — June 1, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    What I wouldn’t give for a slice, exactly the way its pictured with strawberries. I printed this out! I love cakes prepared in a loaf pan that you can slice up, they are just fun!

  16. kelley — June 1, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I love everything about this. Something about eating a slice of chocolate cake that just feels so right!

  17. jenna — June 1, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    i’ve been searching for a great chocolate bread/cake recipe! i lvoe that you topped it with strawberrie and whipped cream! mmm. perfect.

  18. This looks divine! I think the best thing about loaf cakes is that everyone can top them as they please.

  19. Lesa — June 1, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Hello, new to your blog. I saw your feature in Where Women Cook. Just stopping by to say hello and I love your website. Very enjoyable!


  20. The Italian Dish — June 1, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Oh, man – there isn’t a single person in my household who wouldn’t love this cake!

  21. Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 1, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    That looks so good! I bet it’s amazing with those strawberries. Maybe I’ll see if I can make dessert for my extended family and make this because there’s no way I’m keeping this in the house for just myself. I’d eat it all 😀

  22. Lynn — June 1, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Snow? Really? Well, at least you can warm up the kitchen by baking. The cake looks fabulous!

  23. Cookbook Queen — June 1, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Looks wonderful!!

    But snow? On Memorial Day weekend? Blah

  24. Maria the recipe looks awesome and the photography…with the dark table and that dark cake…DIVINE!

  25. brandi — June 1, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    This looks so delicious, especially with the cream + berries on top.

  26. Rebecca — June 1, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    This is pure evil. And I can’t wait to try it! Luckily I know a few chocolate lovers who would be happy to keep me from eating it all myself.

    <a href="http://rebeccaheartsslc.wordpress.comRebecca {hearts} Salt Lake City

  27. Sara — June 1, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Yum! Simple and I bet, delicious.

  28. Heather I. — June 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Wow what chocolatey goodness! I’ve been curious to try out that cookbook-glad this recipe’s a winner. Hope the weather warms up for you guys!

  29. Oh chocolate heaven. Your photos are beautiful, I wish I could reach through my screen and take a slice. :)

  30. Cupcake Activist — June 1, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Yum! I love strawberry and chocolate everything!

  31. Beautiful cake! Perfect for a snowy spring day. I miss those random snowy mornings during May & early June. Hop on over to my blog if you get a chance-I was just reminiscing about my life in Idaho (and wild salmon).

  32. Rosie @ Sweetapolita — June 1, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    This looks so good, Maria! I’ve been eager to try that recipe as well, and you’ve made me realize that I need to try it sooner than later. I love that you paired it with strawberries & whipped cream. I’m truly dying for chocolate now!

  33. EatLiveRun — June 1, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    This is the best looking thing I’ve seen all day. :) I need a slice right now!

  34. the gluten free lab — June 1, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    Perfect timing! We found a whole slew of Scharffen-Berger baking chunks on sale at the grocery store. Time to put those bits of chocolate heaven to good use! Of course, we’ll have to convert the recipe to gluten-free, but when did that ever stop us before?!

  35. Joanne — June 1, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    The only thing better than chocolate is DOUBLE chocolate! What a gorgeous loaf cake! I love the chocolate strawberry shortcake idea!

  36. Jan — June 1, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    I think I just found the next dessert to make. Yum!

  37. This sounds decadent!!!!! I love the idea of eating a loaf of chocolate. Is that bad? :) reminds me of my recipe for sinful chocolate cakes. Gotta make those again soon. Gosh, gotta make it all again soon. I’m gonna be a two ton whale one day…

  38. alicia — June 2, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    Thats look so delicious.

  39. Katrina — June 2, 2011 @ 2:36 am

    I love how easy this is! So tasty.

  40. Rachel @ NotRachaelRay — June 2, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    This looks amazing!

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