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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. Tia — June 2, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Looks yum! Great photos too.

  2. Silvia — June 2, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Oh this looks great!

    And I’m wondering now why I didn’t bake any chocolate cake to go with my strawberries….

  3. Tracy — June 2, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Looks lovely! This will definitely satisfy my chocolate craving!

  4. Heidi — June 2, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    I am baking this right now. The apartment smells heavenly and my kids licked the bowl clean! Thanks for sharing.

  5. naomi — June 2, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Um, this looks HEAVENLY, so I’m can easily imagine how tortured you were waiting for to come out of the oven.

  6. What a gorgeous loaf! Chocolate for breakfast is the best :)

  7. Tracey — June 2, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Looks awesome Maria! Chocolate and strawberries are one of my very favorite flavor combos so this is right up my alley!

  8. marla — June 3, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    This chocolate cake looks awesome girl! So pretty with the fresh strawberries. xo

  9. Monica H — June 3, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    Those strawberries fill that crevice perfectly. I love chocolate and strawberries together.

    Snow? Seriously?!

    It’s been averaging 100 degrees here and I’m melting!

  10. Amanda — June 3, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Oh YUM! Gorgeous photo!

  11. Jerry — June 3, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    I’m sold on the strawberries and chocolate! Awesome pictures and recipe post. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Two Peas replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      You really can’t go wrong with strawberries and chocolate:) Thanks!

  12. thatshowiroll — June 3, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Strawberries and double chocolate? Yes please! Gorgeous pictures.

  13. Lori@FakeFoodFree — June 4, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Nothing better than a simple chocolate cake, or loaf, whatever the case may be. This way I can eat it for breakfast, no problem! What a great match with strawberries!

  14. I get random cravings for chocolate cake every few weeks. I’ll make this one next time a craving hits!

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  17. VeggieGirl — June 10, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Will be linking to this recipe today on my blog :) Thank you for such wonderful recipes! Hope all is well xo

    • Two Peas replied: — June 10th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      Can’t wait to see your post! I hope all is well with you! Miss you!

  18. Kate — June 11, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    I made this yesterday, it was seriously rich and decadent but oh so gooooood!!! I envisioned putting strawberries on the top of the cake but mine rose and cracked like a bread loaf so alas presentation was a bit minimal but I used retro vintage patterned chinaware collected decades ago from a thrift shop! I love your chinaware btw! Great photos!
    – Kate

  19. Shannon — June 17, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Just made this and it totally overflowed into the oven…any ideas why? The loaf pan is the right size.

  20. Darla @ Bakingdom — July 5, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Ohmigosh. This looks divine, Maria! I can hardly wait to make it and use it like you did, for chocolate strawberry shortcake!!

  21. bestfoodies — July 21, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    I love chocolate and of course with the strawberries and cream its even better. I have been looking for a recipe for a good cinnamon swirl loaf cake but none have made the grade yet..maybe you have one?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

      I don’t have a recipe for a cinnamon swirl loaf cake, sorry! I will have to come up with one:)

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  23. Suzie — February 10, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    This loaf is in the oven cooking away as I type!! So far so good :) the batter was sooooooo good so I’m sure the cake will be even better. Not sure I’ll be able to wait till tomorrow’s party (Friend’s birthday :P) to try a bit.

  24. Hannah — February 25, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    This is pretty simple and tasty. I switched the dark chocolate for milk and it only took just over an hour to bake. I wouldn’t recommend light or fat free buttermilk because it may turn out a bit dry.

  25. The Dalston Years — January 17, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    have you tried using almonds? i love this recipe

  26. Matea — June 26, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    This looks delicious! Add the strawberries and whipped cream and I’m not sure I can resist!

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