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


Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson
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Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
All the chocolate!! An easy and delicious chocolate loaf cake is great for everyday treats!


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of your food processor, add in flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, butter, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, and salt.
  • Turn on food processor to low and run for 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn off and scrape down sides. Replace lid and turn on low again.
  • Pour warm coffee down the funnel while batter is mixing. Allow to mix for 30 more seconds or until fully incorporated.
  • Turn processor off and remove blade.
  • Add in morsels and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, approximately 9x4 inches.
  • 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.
  • Allow to cool on a cooling rack for five minutes.
  • Carefully remove cake from loaf pan (while it is still warm) and drizzle with chocolate syrup or ganache or flavor of choice. (or plain!)
  • Cut into slices and serve.

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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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Reader Comments

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

  2. 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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