Thursday, May 07, 2009

Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake

One of the wonderful attributes of chocolate, and I mean good chocolate, is that it has the ability to be absolutely perfect for just about any of life’s occasions. Whether it acts as a salve after crazy-hectic weeks at work, or the exclamation point to mark life’s wonderful celebrations, or just the last essential piece to a gloomy-day-in puzzle...or even as a earnest offering for having been away from this blog for a while!

And if it acts as all four? Why then, use four times the chocolate!

I had bookmarked this famous (infamous) recipe by the Domestic Goddess herself a while back when spied it over here. There is nothing really more to say than I saw all the chocolate, and I was smitten. I’ve read the good (glorious!) reviews and I’ve also read the bad (doesn’t cling-film melt?) reviews. But so far, Nigella has not let me down. And this cake was no different.

Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake
(From Nigella Lawson. See here for original recipe.)

For the cake:
  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 50 grams cocoa powder
  • 275 grams caster sugar
  • 175 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 80 ml sour cream
  • 125 ml boiling water
  • 175 grams dark chocolate chips
    • For the syrup:

    • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
    • 125 ml water
    • 100 grams caster sugar
    • 25 grams milk or dark chocolate (I used a 30 gram Lindt milk chocolate bar)
      • - Bring all ingredients to room temperature.
        - Pre-heat your oven to 170C and stick a baking sheet in. Grease a loaf tin (21 x 11cm and 7.5cm deep) and line it with parchment paper. Leave a little bit of parchment to extend beyond the tin so that you will have something with which you can easily lift the cake out of the tin later on.
        - Put the flour, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream in a processor and blitz until it is smooth and satiny. Scrape down with a rubber spatula and process again while pouring the hot water down the funnel. Switch it off, remove the lid and the blades, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
        - Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in your pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out pretty clean...there may be stickiness as this is a damp cake and that is totally fine.
        - When you still have about 10-15 minutes left of baking time on your cake, get started with the syrup. Put the cocoa, water, and sugar in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes or so. You want a reduced, syrupy liquid that is still pourable.
        - When the cake is done, place the tin on a rack and pierce the cake here and there with a skewer. Pour the syrup as evenly as you can over the cake.
        - Once the cake is completely cooled, take it out of its tin (just pull it out with the parchment overhang you so carefully crafted), peel off the parchment, and place it on a serving platter. Now take your bar of chocolate and cut it into flakes and splinters and scatter all over the top of the cake. I used milk chocolate for the topping because the cake was already dark chocolate all throughout and I was taking this to a friend who is more a fan of milk than dark. You can also try topping with chocolate before the cake cools down so the chocolate shards melt a bit...MMM!

        Let me take a moment here to just say: I really prefer weighing ingredients over fiddling with measuring cups! Weighing your ingredients is not only more precise, it is a whole lot easier! Especially if you have to do the washing up. Imagine a world where you never have to wash those darn measuring cups. That is the world of the scales my friend.

        I am sold on adding boiling water to the batter as I did in another of Nigella’s cakes here. It really produces an enchanting crumb! Soft, tight, rich, but light. And despite the quadruple-ness of the chocolate, the cake just holds itself back from being over the top...stopping at being a lovely, luscious, comforting chocolate cake.

        We took this cake to a friend’s house for dinner and it was enjoyed by all! Even my non-cake eating husband :) I hope you find it a suitable gift as well for my being a delinquent blogger :)


        MeetaK said...

        you knew i would come around here once i read the title of the post! i am sure all the chocoholics will follow to. looks great and anything with so much chocolate is perfect for me!

        Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

        Wow, terrific! That beautiful cake must taste heavenly!



        The Knittymommy said...

        All is forgiven Jo. Oh my God! How could you?

        Christina said...

        I worship Nigella Lawson.

        That is a very beautiful post Jo!

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Meeta! Hehe :) As I would too for this much chocolate!

        Hi Rosa! Thanks! I liked it very much :)

        Hi KM! Haha! I never say no to good chocolate :)

        Hi Christina! Thank you! I love her too :)

        Irene said...

        Oh, goodness, this cake looks fantastic!!! I am not even a chocoholic, but sooooo choooocolaty...

        Manggy said...

        All is forgiven, my friend... I just assumed you were busy with work! :) But I will snatch at this cake anyway-- I can never pass up a good, dense, deep chocolate cake!

        And YES thank you for extolling the virtues of the scale. Those cups sicken me now! (I only use them for measuring water-- so I don't have to wash them, ha ha :)

        Patricia Scarpin said...

        Joey, I could not agree with more with you on the weighing issue - even though I post both measures on my recipes, I always use my scale. ;)

        This cake is sinful and I have watched Nigella making it a couple of weeks ago - have been thinking of it ever since. Yours looks even more delicious, darling!

        Mia said...

        I think this recipe is going to change my life.

        Corrine said...

        That is one luscious cake! My second son loves everything chocolate and I'm sure he will like this one. Thanks for the post!

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Irene! I really liked it :) Being a chocoholic myself ;)

        Hi Manggy! Yes, work has been very busy and nerve-wracking...but chocolate definitely helps! I use the cups only when the recipe doesn’t give me other options...otherwise, it’s the scale for me! Also, if you are buying a cookbook that comes in both a US and UK edition (like Nigella’s do), the UK one will most likely have the weight measures :)

        Hi Patricia! I know...aside from it giving more precise measures, it’s just more practical in my book! Thanks! I remember that episode too!

        Hi Mia! Heehee :) I hope you like it too!

        Hi Corrine! You are most welcome! I hope your son likes it :)

        Rico said...

        Wow! This is just perfect. We will be visiting a relative this weekend and thinking of what cake to bring! Looks so sinful though. I prefer white chocolate too!

        Jude said...

        Holy hell.. Quadruple? I've yet to try a Nigella recipe but this looks promising :)

        MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

        Criminy. You're killing me with all this chocolate! I don't know which way to turn . . . .guess maybe I should turn to the kitchen counter with the food processor and the chocolate and get cracken!
        I must be in need of chocolate because I'm feeling resistance is futile.

        Midge said...

        Rich, lush, and utterly satisfying-looking chocolate cake, Joey!

        (I ought to give you a pack of single-origin Ivory Coast chocolate buttons; they add a totally sumptuous spin to any baked good made with chocolate. ;D)

        veron said...

        Oh goodie! I'm all for trying chocolate recipes and this look simply grand with all the chocolate in it!

        princess_dyanie said...

        Hi Joey! (off topic) I remember you when I saw the trailer of Julia Child movie. Movie: Julie&Julia. Here's the link for the trailer:

        Anne said...

        wow! this is something chocoholics like me would call nirvana! another new recipe worth attempting :-)

        Lorraine said...

        This cake is undoubtedly delicious, but the recipe will always give me nightmares because I made it following Nigella's original recipe in Feast- where she says to line the pan with cling film, adding "Don't worry- it won't melt". Of course, the cling film melted horribly all over my pan, and into my lovely cake.

        zoe said...

        Um, you had me at quadruple chocolate loaf cake. :)

        Anonymous said...

        Your choc cake looks amazing!
        Talking about scales or the easiest way to weigh ingredients,visit It's the world's smallest kitchen that replaces many standard kitchen appliance and is just amazing!


        Cecilia said...

        Well, it's about time! ;) And how timely that you should post this particular recipe that I had been eyeing last week. I had wanted to make some simple recipe cake and saw this. I had then opted to do another kind, similar but perhaps a step and an ingredient simpler. Turned out really good, but not enough chocolate, so I've considered doing this particular one you're posting. I take this as a sign from the gods!

        P.S. Note to myself: Buy a measuring scale. ;)

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Rico! Better to sin with chocolate than with other stuff! Hehe :) I’m a dark chocolate fan myself but I’m sure you can use white chocolate to top this cake :)

        Hi Jude! Nigella has her ups and downs but she has done right by me so far :)

        Hi Tanna! Haha! It’s a cinch to make too!

        Hi Midge! I must try that chocolate store you recommended one’s just a ways off from where I live!

        Hi Veron! Hope you like it :) I loved all the chocolate in it!

        Hi Princess Dyanie! AW! You are so sweet! I really enjoyed that book and I’m so flattered that you would remember me!!! :) :) :)

        Hi Anne! Hello fellow chocoholic! This is definitely for chocolate lovers :)

        Hi Lorraine! Oh no! I read a couple of accounts about that...I know, that was a bit of off advice from Nigella...

        Hi Zoe! Hehe...I was had at that point too!

        Hi Lin! It looks amazing, and I have been reading it from other bloggers as well...but sadly, it’s not sold here...

        Hi Cecilia! Let me know if you give it a try – hope you like it! :) The scales are great for me...easy to use and more precise :)

        Diet Plan said...

        Amazing cake and there are so many people like this cake.

        Jescel said...

        don't be guilty.. we all have no power against LIFE! lol.. Love Nigella Lawson. Too bad they don't show her anymore on Foodnetwork TV. But her recipes live on! I bookmared the same recipe but have not gotten around to trying it. now that i've seen yours... maybe... your cake looks lovely.

        Brilynn said...

        I've had some hits and misses with Nigella recipes, but this cake looks like a winner!

        Justin said...

        omg I have to try this

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Jescel! Hehe, how true! Yes...I miss her on tv...although I hardly get to watch any tv at all! Explore her website for even more recipes :)

        Hi Brilynn! So far so good with me and her...this one is lovely :)

        Hi Justin! It’s yummy!

        bee said...

        that is the most luscious chocolate cake i have ever seen. if i'm eating cake, it had better look like that. bookmarked.

        My Taste Heaven said...

        This is definitely tasty!!! Ymmmm!

        Anonymous said...


        Elyse said...

        Mmm, this loaf cake looks amazing! I'm definitely a chocolate girl. I can't wait to try out this recipe. Sorry that I’ve been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader.

        Dog Frosting said...

        I may have to try this one. Looks delish!

        goodfor2 said...


        Pille said...

        Oh, that sounds almost tooo chocolatey (if that's possible, of course :)) Wish I could have a piece right now, with my breakfast coffee :)

        Karine said...

        The cake looks gorgeous!!!

        Anonymous said...

        Just want you to know that it is an utter joy to read your blog and your articles in YUMMY! Keep up the great work!!!-Joanne Zapanta-Andrada

        foodcreate said...

        Wow! Tasteful this beautiful cake must taste Delicioso!
        Thanks for sharing!
        and you can visit me if I can visit you:)

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Bee! Hope you like it!

        Hi My Taste Heaven! It really was :)

        Hi Elyse! Congratulations! Hope all went well with your exams and hope you like this recipe! :)

        Hi Dog Frosting! It is delicious...and very easy to throw together :)

        Hi Goodfor2! It was :)

        Hi Pille! This would be great with coffee...I love too chocolate-y! Heehee :)

        Thanks Karine! :)

        Hi Joanne! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :) I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying my blog and the Yummy articles! :)

        Hi Foodcreate! Thanks :)

        Desmone007 said...

        Four times the chocolate! What could possibly be better (5 maybe!)? Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing. If you don't mind I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you're all set!

        Suzana said...

        I know someone who would kill (or die!) for a piece of this cake. I'm becoming ready fond of Nigella's baking recipes.

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Desmone! Thank you :) I will check it out! :)

        Hi Suzana! Me too! :)

        Kevin said...

        I feel a chocolate coma coming on. The loaf sounds amazing!

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Kevin! Chocolate comas are my therapy! ;)

        John said...

        It looks very goods
        I'll definitely to come back to your blog again.

        goodfor2 said...

        yum yum yum yum--- thats 4 yums for a yummy looking cake

        ChichaJo said...

        Thanks John! Hope to see you around here again :)

        Hi Goodfor2! Hehe :) Thanks!

        Bordeaux said...

        You are responsible for expanding waistlines all over the world!

        Sprouted Kitchen said...

        cake looks phenomenal! glad I found your blog ~ keep it up!

        Sprouted Kitchen said...

        cake looks phenomenal! glad I found your blog ~ keep it up!

        ChichaJo said...

        Hi Bordeaux! Heehee! Oh well! ;)

        Hi Sprouted Kitchen! Thank you for your kind words! :)

        Bethany said...

        Ummmm......this just sounds and looks amazing! I can't wait to give this a try on my own. SO glad I found your blog, so many of these recipes have been making me salivate. I'll be back for more!

        ChichaJo said...

        Thanks for stopping by Bethany and do hope to see you again! :)

        College Recipes said...

        Chocolate is an amazing treat. The fact that this is called Quadruple chocolate is even better! Cannot wait to give this one a try