double chocolate loaf cake

filed under: Cakes on April 15, 2015

Making cake into a loaf is a form of mind trickery for me.


4 from 1 vote
Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson
Double Chocolate Loaf Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

All the chocolate!! An easy and delicious chocolate loaf cake is great for everyday treats!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Double Chocolate Loaf Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 2/3 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) coffee, warm
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks or 169g) butter room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups (275g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa
  • 1 cup (175g) semisweet morsels
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor, add in flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, butter, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, and salt.

  3. Turn on food processor to low and run for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Turn off and scrape down sides. Replace lid and turn on low again.
  5. Pour warm coffee down the funnel while batter is mixing. Allow to mix for 30 more seconds or until fully incorporated.

  6. Turn processor off and remove blade.
  7. Add in morsels and stir until combined.
  8. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, approximately 9x4 inches.
  9. Bake cake for 55-60 minutes, or until the chocolate loaf cake has risen and split down the middle and an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

  10. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for five minutes.

  11. Carefully remove cake from loaf pan (while it is still warm) and drizzle with chocolate syrup or ganache or flavor of choice. (or plain!)

  12. Cut into slices and serve.


I have always associated a ‘loaf’ as somewhat healthy, not awesomely rich and sweet. Like banana or zucchini bread.

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson

So after I had made this cake, even knowing every wonderful ingredient I had put into it, I still saw that same only loaf in my mind. I treated it like it was a run-of-the-mill bread.

This is not a run-of-the-mill loaf. It is a full on CAKE. A wonderful and delicious chocolate loaf cake.

Which I am sure the average person is able to determine in a matter of seconds as is not weird like me.

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson

This is a chocolate loaf cake that you should immediately serve and cover in gobs of chocolate syrup or ganache. Or a fruit spread. or ice cream. Whatever you do, just make this and let that decadent glorious chocolate richness just melt in your mouth.

You wont be sorry. 😉

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  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    With those ingredients, it doesn’t matter what type of pan you put it in. My word. Delicious!

  • Laura says:

    Not even a little hungry and still somehow my mouth is watering! Can’t wait to try!


  • Ann says:

    will try. I have a super one from a Maida Heatter chocolate cookbook that is fantastic.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    I think I need more loaf cake in my life. A totally acceptable breakfast, right? 🙂

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    It is weird how a loaf is more acceptable for breakfast than cake, when really they’re the same thing! This sounds amazing, and I love the photos of the chocolate dripping down it!

  • Erin@WellPlated says:

    Cake means I can smother with extra chocolate and vanilla ice cream, yes?

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Cake, bread, whatever it is…It’s got DOUBLE DA CHOCOLATE and I want it in my mouth RIGHT NOW. Pinning!

  • Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says:

    I love that you drenched this with more chocolate, as it should be!!

  • Tonia says:

    Wow! This is too good to be true…double chocolate perfection!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    All you have to say double chocolate and I’m hooked! I’ll take two slices, please!

  • Shinee says:

    Just what I need today! LOOOOOOOVE it!

  • Kk says:

    Hi this looks so good! Can I make this loaf by mixing batter in a stand mixer or by hand? I don’t have a food processor. Thanks.

    • Amanda says:

      In theory, of course you could. The food processor produces a silky cake batter that would be hard to replicate with a hand mixer, but the flavor would still be excellent! 🙂

  • Po says:

    I was eating chocolate chip bread just this morning. Now I feel like I’ve wasted money – I should’ve checked out your blog first! Oh well, I don’t mind eating chocolate loaf cake for breakfast tomorrow anyway! 😉

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    Anything in loaf form is DEFINITELY healthy! This looks so good!

  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says:

    I love loaf cakes for the exact same reason – I can trick myself into thinking they are acceptable for breakfast! I am drooling over this double chocolate loaf! 🙂

  • Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. says:

    This is my favorite breakfast treat (especially because there’s chocolate in it)! I also like to add sour cream and coffee in my chocolate cakes. It makes the perfect cake!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Loaf cake!!!! And yes to covering in gobs of chocolate syrup or ganache. . . you get me every time with your chocolate goodness. .

  • Joanne says:

    Double the chocolate = double the fun!! Case in point. 😛

  • Allie | BakingAMoment says:

    Gosh this looks incredible Amanda! All that chocolate is making me swoon!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    I need this cake in my life.

  • Dorene says:

    Hi, I was wondering if I could substitute vanilla yoghurt with sour cream?

  • Janet says:

    Would really like to try this, but don’t have a food processor right now. Can I just use my electric mixer? Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      I believe you could use your stand mixer or hand held mixer.

  • Skylar says:

    Such cute bars, Amanda! And I love your fancy design on top! These sound delectable!

  • Renna Peer says:

    Do you HAVE to use coffee? Can I substitute the same amount of water? I just do not prefer coffee in my baking. Thanks.

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