Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake

Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake

Chocolate Loaf Cake, double choc ๐Ÿ™‚  

Flipping heck I have just realised I have no chocolate cake per se on my website!! How did that happen? I have lots and lots of loaf cakes and they are really really popular, but not a chocolate one – so here you have an Easy chocolate loaf cake recipe – 

The BEST Chocolate Loaf Cake on the planet!! Yes really 

So I needed to remedy that – so here it is….  (whispers it’s actually double chocolate loaf cake ๐Ÿ™‚ it has actual pieces of chocolate inside too – winning!! Yes yes yes) 


Chocolate Loaf Cake - sliced


Moist Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe 

I think the one thing we can all agree on is a really good chocolate cakes needs to be moist. And for me it needs to have a big HIT of chocolate, else what’s the point? Deep and dark chocolate flavour 

So my recipe certainly delivers on that, chocolate everywhere. I also include vegetable oil too which all helps the loaf stay nice and moist

And this is what the mix should look like, just incase you need to see even more chocolate 


Chocolate Loaf Cake batter


Chocolate Loaf Cake Topping recipe, yum 

And did I mention it’s actually DOUBLE chocolate cake – as there’s chucks of chocolate inside too!!

As it’s so chocolatey just don’t need to split it and add butter cream

My topping is a short of chocolate ganache – delivering yet another layer of chocolate 



Can I have my chocolate loaf cake without topping?  

Yes of course, you could have it warm with ice cream or cream. Or just cold with a nice cuppa 

It’s moist enough not to have anything on top, but it’s so lovely with it 



Should my chocolate Loaf cake have a crack on the top?

Put simply yes ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Easter Chocolate Loaf Cake 

This cake is perfect for all year round when you just NEED a chocolate cake.

That’s what I love to do, have proven recipes that work and are amazing, then just play around with the decoration depending on the occasion. 

To be honest this would also make a great birthday cake loaf – for the chocoholics out there 

I was thinking this cake would be perfect for Easter chocolate baking as well.

You could decorate with any type of toppings, mini eggs, malteaser bunnies – almost anything – yum!

And super cute 


Top Tips for your Chocolate Loaf Cake 


  • Do please add the coffee – don’t worry it really doesn’t add any coffee flavour it just brings out the flavour of the chocolate 
  • Make sure your cake is totally COLD  and your topping is cold too, before you add it to the top of the cake, otherwise you’ll end up in a runny chocolate mess 
  • To store your cake make sure it’s in an airtight container or wrapped really well in foil and pop it in the fridge 
  • It won’t last long I’m sure ha ha , but i’d say 4 days in the fridge (cream in the topping)


Gluten Free Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe? 

Yes simply replace the flour with your favourite gluten free flour and you’re away 


How long can you store your Chocolate Loaf  Cake? 

Well I reckon up to 5 days in a sealed cake tin, but to be quite honest I’m not sure it will last that long 


Can I freeze my Chocolate Loaf Cake?

Yes yes yes you can 

I recommend you freeze without the topping on – less messy! 

Wrap it in greaseproof paper then foil and pop it in the freezer 

It will keep for a month 

When you want it, simply remove from the freezer and defrost at room temperature


Loaf Cakes – I have loads of them!! 

If you’ve been following me for a long time you will know how much I LOVE a loaf cake! I have lots of them on my site 

The thing about a loaf cake is they are really neat and tidy and so easy to slice and serve, and the bonus is only one tin ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Loaf Liners for loaf Cakes?

Also before I forget, have you discovered loaf liners yet?

Oh they are fantastic, you can say ‘bye’ to trying to line a loaf tin!

I love them, so easy and you can find them in most supermarkets and they are not expensive either

Simply pop them in your loaf tin – job done 

Chocolate loaf cake batter in loaf tin


Just a note, I always use my trusted stand mixer however there is no reason you can mix by hand.

So why not have a go and please let me know what you think! I’d love to know 

Vegan Chocolate Cake 

I’ve  searched far and wide for a decent recipe for a vegan chocolate cake – I think we all need one these days 

Well look no further, I’ve found the best  – Vegan Chocolate  Cake – it also happens to be nut free and gluten free too 

VEGAN cocoa bean cake


Another Chocolate bake 

This time my lovely Bundles Chocolate Brownie recipe

Perfect every time, soft and gooey with a paper top – yum! 

Bundleโ€™s Gooey Chocolate Brownies - cut up


Another Loaf Cake 

I have a lot of Loaf Cakes on my website 

I thin k you might also like my Cherry Maderia – It’s really popular 

Cherry Madeira Cake , sliced on a plate



10 Lovely Loaf Cakes 

In fact if you love a loaf cake I have 10 LOVELY LOAF CAKES gathered all together – have a look 

BIG Love as always 

Clare x

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Big Love Clare

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Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 449kcal
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An easy , delicious and super moist Chocolate Loaf Cake, with chunks of choc and a smooth topping


  • CAKE
  • 150 g Butter room temperature
  • 175 g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3 medium Eggs
  • 175 g Self raising Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder not drinking chocolate
  • 1 Teaspoon Instant Coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon boiling water
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate chopped roughly into chunks (real chocolate)
  • 60 ml Single Cream
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate real
  • 1 table spoon Cold Milk


  • Pre-Heat the oven to Gas 4 / 160C fan (180C non fan) / 350F
  • Grease and line a 2 llb / 900g loaf tin - I use those loaf liners they are fantastic
  • Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I use my trusty stand mixer
  • Next add one egg at a time beating well, don't worry if it curdles a little just keep mixing and add a tablespoon of the flour.
  • Next sift the self raising flour and cocoa powder and add to the mix, stirring with a spoon or spatular
  • In a cup add your coffee and boiling water and stir - add this to your batter mix followed by your oil and mix well
  • Finally add your chocolate chunks - stir well
  • Pop mix into tin, smooth top and bake on the middle shelf for approx. 55-60 Minutes - watch the top make sure it doesn't burn
  • Test with a skewer - if it comes out clean it's baked
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack!
  • Next Make your topping
  • In a small pan add your cream and chocolate, over a gentile heat stir until melted
  • Remove from the heat and add a splash of cold milk
  • Leave aside to cool
  • When both your cake and your topping are COLD, spoon your chocolate topping mix on top of the cake and make sure the top is covered, it doesn't matter if it trickles down the side
  • Leave to set for an hour and slice and enjoy!!


**** All nutritional Information is approximate and therefore intended as a guide onlyย 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Could you use milk chocolate instead of dark?

  2. Looks great, could I use olive oil instead of vegetable?

  3. 5 stars

    1. I know right xx thanks

  4. 5 stars
    Straightforward recipe. Cake was delicious. Will definitely make this again.

    1. Super to hear Liz – thank you

  5. I would like this recipe I. Cups and ounces

    1. Hi I don’t work in CUPS as baking is more sensitive than cups, however I can toggle on pounds and ones – which I will
      Hope this helps

      Thanks Clare ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 5 stars
    Your recipe is absolutely DIVINE !!!
    Made two loaves for different households and both loaves never made it to the fridge๐Ÿ˜„

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Very grateful ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Alexandra Stainton

    Hi for gluten free would you need to add baking powder?

    1. I haven’t tried it with GF Flour – but yes you would need to add the baking powder – Thanks x

  8. 5 stars
    All these cakes look lovely ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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