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Monday, 31 May 2010

Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Sometimes you need a little bit of extra love.... you need to know that someone is thinking of you.... and be reminded of home with something special.

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At the moment I have a son who is doing his GCSEs and another who is away at university with his first year exams looming. I can pamper the one at home with his favourite treats, making the revision a little more bearable. The one away has to make do with a flying visit, dinner out and a package of (mainly chocolate) goodies to aid his long revision sessions.

Nigella Lawson has a recipe for a quadruple chocolate loaf cake in her book 'Feast', it's the perfect cake for those wanting a good fix of chocolatey deliciousness. There's cocoa and dark chocolate in the cake, chocolate syrup to drench the cake and sliced chocolate to top it off.

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Try to get the syrup into the holes

A disaster occurred when I was taking the cake out of the oven, I dropped the tin and most of the cake flew out, decorating the floor. But this turned out to be a good thing. Why? Because I had been measuring and baking so many different things that morning I'd forgotten to add the sugar to the cake mixture. Urgh! Thankfully, this cake is super easy to make and the second one came out perfectly.

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Obviously I couldn't cut into the cake, but here is one that I made last year, you can see the chocolate syrup running through the cake

Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Nigella's recipe uses a food processor to blitz all the ingredients together, I used a hand-held electric mixer instead. I also melted the chocolate for the main part of the cake.
You will need a large loaf tin, mine was 23cm x 14cm, 7cm deep and Nigella uses one that measures 21cm x 11cm and 7.5cm deep.

For the cake:
200g plain flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
50g cocoa powder
275g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
80 ml soured cream - or substitute double cream
175g dark chocolate, melted - I used half dark and half milk chocolate
125ml boiling water

For the syrup:
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
125ml water
100g caster sugar

To top the cake:
1 small bar of dark chocolate, cut into slivers - I used milk chocolate


Line the cake tin with non-stick baking parchment and preheat the oven to 170ºC. Melt the chocolate for the cake in a glass bowl either in a microwave or set over a pan of simmering water.

Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and sour cream into a large bowl and using an electric hand whisk, start whisking the mixture together. Add the melted chocolate and gradually add the boiling water. Whisk until you have a lovely glossy mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and pop it into the oven. Bake for about an hour, it may need more or less time. Check with a metal skewer, insert it into the cake and if it comes out clean it's ready.

While the cake is cooking, put the syrup ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for about 5 minutes, you want a reduced liquid, more of a caramelized syrup.

When the cake has cooked, remove it from the tin, keeping the paper on and put it onto a cooling rack. Make some holes in the top of the cake and pour the syrup as evenly as possible over the cake, trying to get it to run into the holes.

When the cake has completely cooled, you can remove the paper and put it onto a serving plate. Slice the small bar of chocolate into slivers and scatter it over the top of the cake before serving.

Printable Recipe

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Chocolate = comfort

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39 comments:

Choclette said...

What a lovely thing to do, it's a delicious sounding cake and using chocolate syrup must make it really moist. How frustrating to lose your cake to the floor - even if it didn't have any sugar!

Snooky doodle said...

oh this cake looks awesome! Ha then not only me drops cakes. Mine is even worse I dropped a tray of muffins in the oven with them sticking to the hot oven :(
I m trying this cake yummy

bellini valli said...

Chocolate does equal comfort Nic.

Dragon said...

So luscious!

Joy said...

Now THAT's a chocolate cake!

Tulip said...

Quadruple Chocolate Cake... how can you go wrong with that???

Priti said...

Looks just delicious...love all the pics

sunita said...

That looks delish! Nic,your boys are so lucky. All the best to them for their exams.

Deeba PAB said...

This is chocolate love four times over Nic... how tragic that one lot fell out, but just as well. I do things like you often! Lucky lad to have such a good mother! That cake is over the top indulgent! xoxo
PS The herbs are beginning to sprout finally! Thank you

grace said...

chocolate-lover's heaven, no doubt about it. in serving myself something like this, i always try to find the piece with the most holes in hopes that it's the most saturated with sweet syrup. :) glad round two worked out for ya!

Happy Cook said...

Delicous cake, Ilove to watch Nigella cooking. So mostly when I watch daughter also will be watching with me and every time when she makes something sweet, daughter say will you make this next time :-)

thepassionatecook said...

sounds very indulging! i'm almost tempted to make this to take to spain with us tomorrow ;-)

Janet Rudolph said...

Such a heavenly dessert. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. How could you go wrong?

Chele said...

A quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake sounds like just the tonic for 1st year exam revision. I feel for you all .... does that mean I can have a pice of cake?!?!?!?!

Lisa said...

I love this cake - so easy to make and delicious, I love the ripples of syrup you've got running through it.

Mary said...

Oh my!

This looks sinfully delicious!

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

Katie said...

What a lovely reward for your children after the horrible exams. I sympothise with dropping the cake on the floor - Ive done that. I've also forgotten and the before and wondered why it was baking odly, all was revealed when we tasted the cake!

This looks fab and I love how you can see the chocolate syrup ripple.

Stella said...

Hey Nic, awe! I hate when I drop something. I get crazy.
This looks wonderful. I bet it's great with a strong cup of coffee...

Jennifer said...

What a perfect treat! This looks amazingly yummy!!

Johanna GGG said...

I admire you for your persistence in getting this right and I envy your son for getting this in the mail - it sounds delicious

muralimanohar said...

Daaaammmmn...that looks like it will come out well even subbing the eggs...scuze me...gotta go add to the shopping list right now.. :p

muralimanohar said...

Oh, yeah, and I have most def forgot the sugar, dropped the cake, forgot to grease the pan, etc etc. :p

Nicisme said...

Choclette - thanks, the syrup does make the cake really moist!

Snooky - I feel for you, dropping a whole tray of muffins, such a shame!

Valli - sure does!

Dragon - thank you!

Joy - loads of chocolate in there!

Tulip - you can never go wrong with chocolate!

Priti - thank you so much!

Sunita - thanks, will pass that onto them.

Deeba - so glad the herbs are coming up!

Grace - join the naughty ranks of the ones trying to get the saturated slices, lol!

Happy Cook - hope you try the cake, is good.

thepassionatecook - thanks, have a great trip to Spain!

Janet Rudolph - just the word chocolate is heavenly!

Chele - you can have more than one piece!

Lisa - the ripples are the best thing about the cake.

Mary - thank you!

Katie - so glad I'm not the only one with such horrid baking boobs!

Stella - wish you hadn't metioned coffee, craving one now!

Jennifer - thanks!

Johanna GGG - I didn't actually have to post it, my husband took it up, but it would be a good cake to pop in the post!

muralimanohar - yay, love you for being like me, very klutzy in the kitchen!

Maninas said...

I have that book (Feast), and I love it. Will try this cake for sure!

Ozoz said...

Yep, I know the multi-tasking and forgetting to put sugar in a cake mix............ Sorry, it does look lovely. Would you consider me your daughter, away at work....who knows, I might get a box of cake in the post too!

WizzyTheStick said...

Now that's my idea of a chocolate cake! I just won some lovely chocolate products and this is bookmarked to make as soon as it gets here.

Ancelyna said...

I have baked this cake twice already! (what can I say, it's birthday season in our little family) and it came out PERFECT both times! It even gets better after a few days when the syrup has had a chance to slowly seep more evenly through the cake making it sooo moist and thick and slighly chewy and perfect. I love chocolate and I love this chocolate cake!

Nicisme said...

Maninas - it's got some great recipes in there, hasn't it?

Ozoz - I'll send you cake and you can send me macarons!

WizzyTheStick - you won choclate stuff? That's brilliant!

Ancelyna - it's a great cake, glad to hear you love it too!

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh, thats really sweet of you...luv all those ingredients gone into it, drool worthy:)

Cocina Savant said...

This is pure heaven. Forget the main course, I am going straight for this. Awesome blog too by the way, I am glad I found it.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Goodness, call myself a Nigella fan, I don't think I've ever noticed this in Feast before and I am stunned I have over looked it. It sounds amazing and from all these comments I think you've tickled the fancy of a lot of people!!!

Chef Dennis said...

anything that has the words quadruple and chocolate together demand my attention! You did not dissapoint!
what an incredible chocolate cake!!
I love Nigella she has such passion about eating...
Thanks so much for sharing!
Dennis

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Good grief - is that loaf legal?! ;)

A fab cake for chocolate lovers and exam takers...

Margaret said...

Great cake - I love cakes that use sour cream.
Good choice to make for your son.

Jeanne said...

Oh my...!! That last picture is so good it should be illegal! next time I feel in need of comfort, I know who I will call :)

Nicisme said...

Malar - thank you!

Cocina - oh thanks! Yeah, I'd love to have dessert first, lol!

Sarah - well chocolate is a winner. I bet there's lots of recipes I have overlooked too!

Chef Dennis - thank you for visiting and for your lovely comment.

aforkfulofspaghetti - ha ha!

Margaret - thanks.

Jeanne - call away, will have one ready for you!

Jamie said...

If you bake things this awesomely good and chocolatey then I want to be adopted!! That is some chocolate cake. And easy? I'm pulling my copy of Feast off of the shelf. And happy mom whose sons actually appreciate and accept her baked love. Mine do not!

The Kitchen Buzz said...

Love your Kansas Cream Cocktails and the artistry of your blog. Would like to be a follower - where's the prompt? Thank you.

Nicisme said...

The Kitchen Buzz - welcome and hello! Thank you for your comment, lovely to see you here.
There is a thing to follow the blog on the right hand sidebar, scroll down it's just after the archives. You can also subscribe by by email or feedburner. There is also a Facebook page which I am trying to get to grips with, which will give you an alert when a new post is available.
Hope this helps!