Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

The search finally progresses! I'm back at school now and it is the final term of Year 12 so things are heating up.  But on the upside, I have lots of friends to offer chocolate cake to seeing as my family and I aren't chocolate fanatics.  I brought this cake to school today which is why this cake sort of looks like child's play. Despite the lack of elaborate decoration, everyone said it was amazing.  The texture was moist, very dense and chocolatey.  This may well have what it takes to win.  So far it's between this one and the Women's Weekly cake.  If I were to liken this cake to anything it would be somewhat similar to a brownie simply because of the density.  This is Nigella Lawson's recipe so I'm betting that this will be the eventual winner.  She writes that "it is the essence of all that is desirable" in a chocolate cake.  She also says that it is so good it doesn't need icing, however, still provides a recipe.  And I do agree with her suggestion.

225g soft unsalted butter
375 dark muscovado sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g best dark chocolate, melted
200g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250mL boiling water

Ingredients for Optional Icing
175g dark chocolate
75g milk chocolate
200mL double cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
+ smarties to decorate

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees (fan-forced) and grease and line a loaf tin.  Lining the tin is important.  Cream the butter and sugar with hand-held mixer, then add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Next, fold in the now slightly cooled melted chocolate, take care to blend well but being careful not to overbeat.  You want the ingredients combined: you don't want a light airy mass.  Then gently add the flour, to which you've added the bicarb, alternately spoon by spoon, with the boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquidy batter.  Pour into the lined loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 170 degrees and continue to bake for further 15 minutes.  Cake will be slightly squidgy inside, so an inserted skewer won't come out completely clean.  Place loaf tin on a rack, and leave to completely cool before turning it out.  This cake improves the next day.  Don't worry if it sinks in middle: indeed, it will do so because it's such a dense cake. 

Method for Optional Icing
Break all the chocolate into pieces and heat with the cream and vanillain a saucepan until melted.  Whisk until it's a good consistency for icing, and spoon onto cake.  Smooth out and stud the cake with smarties.


  1. So exciting to know that we are getting close on the "best chocolate cake" recipe! I've gotten comfortable with using weight measures and a scale since I started making macarons. Why do we not use this for baking in the US? It is so exact and never-fail! Thanks, Brittany, for this recipe and for trying it out at school!

  2. A good chocolate cake requires no icing! I so agree with it!

  3. Such a lovely bake and pretty addictive as well! Who could ever resist the look of this tempting chocolate cake. Hope you're enjoying your day.

  4. Gorgeous looking chocolate cake, love the decoration!


  5. It is nice to hear that you have some progress in your search! It's good for us too! LOL! The cake looks marvelous, if its from Nigella, then I guess that speaks for itself! Thanks for sharing this. I have another recipe from Nigella which I have been keeping, and almost forgotten ...(smiling sheepishly!), it has very good reviews, from Nigella's website, Chocolate Fudge Cake. Interested to try this??

  6. magnifique gâteau au chocolat en plus bien gourmand, j'en raffole
    bonne soirée

  7. The cake looks like a definite winner to me :)

  8. This cake looks so moist -- I'm sure you were the toast of the class. A definite winner!!!

  9. Ahhh this cake looks insanely good.

    Good luck with your final term of Year 12! Been there and done that - don't let it stress you out too much. In a couple of years' time, Year 12 will seem like it was all a dream. ;)

  10. That is pretty dense. I would love to dig into that right now. Yes it is morning but it just looks so good.

  11. Oh this is sooo good!!! Decadent and so yummy!

  12. I love all of your chocolate cake recipes.... this one is especially cute with the darling pastel chocolates on top! xoxo Megan

  13. Love it, I'm not surprised that everyone at school liked it.

  14. Any cake that has the word 'dense' in the name is a winner in my book.

    You and I seem to be quite similar: we both share a love for cooking and Paris. Quelle chance : )
    I love your blog.


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