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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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

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

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

  10. 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!

    Lesa

  11. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  13. 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!

  14. Oh chocolate heaven. Your photos are beautiful, I wish I could reach through my screen and take a slice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 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).

  16. 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!

  17. 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?!

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

  19. This sounds decadent!!!!! I love the idea of eating a loaf of chocolate. Is that bad? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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…

  20. Oh this looks great!

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

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

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

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

  24. 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!

  25. I’m sold on the strawberries and chocolate! Awesome pictures and recipe post. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 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!

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

  28. Will be linking to this recipe today on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for such wonderful recipes! Hope all is well xo

  29. Hi,
    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

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

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

  32. 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?

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

  33. This loaf is in the oven cooking away as I type!! So far so good ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  34. 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.

  35. I’m a good baker, and this was awful. Way too much cocoa, and it was vey dry. I followed the recipe to the letter except I put it n the oven for less time. If I’d left it in for the proscribed time it would have been like a brick. As it is, it is barely edible. I won’t make it again.

  36. Silly question, I know…but if I want to leave out the chocolate chunks (to save calories), will the recipe still turn out okay?ย 

  37. This looked delicious and the batter tasted delicious….BUT it has been in my oven approximately 30 minutes and my dog went crazy and the smoke alarm went off. I opened the oven and smoke rolls out because it ran over and now I have a terrified dog and a mess to clean up.