This delicious, soft, moist chocolate loaf cake is super quick, easy, and made from everyday pantry staples. This quick and easy chocolate loaf cake can be enjoyed as is or can be topped with a really simple chocolate icing glaze.
This chocolate loaf cake was born out of my need for a smaller, simple chocolate cake topped with an even simpler chocolate glaze to quickly satisfy any chocolate craving that I may have!
Why You Will Love This Chocolate Loaf Cake
- This super easy chocolate loaf cake comes together really quickly and doesn't need a mixer!
- The rich, sumptuous chocolate flavor will satisfy your chocolate cake craving!
- No fancy ingredients are needed for this cake. It's a down-to-earth, straight-from-the-pantry kind of cake.
- This cake can be enjoyed plain or topped with a simple chocolate glaze.
Here are some notes on the ingredients used in this recipe. Please see the recipe card for quantities.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - I like to use Cadbury or Nestle here in NZ.
- Espresso powder or instant coffee is an optional extra but adds a nice depth to the chocolate flavor. For an alternative to espresso powder, simply use brewed coffee, if using a shot of espresso simply top up with hot water to 125g/mL.
- Hot water (or hot coffee) to bloom the cocoa powder, and then hot or warm water for the icing glaze.
- Butter to add a nice rich buttery flavor.
- Eggs bind everything together.
- Plain Greek Yoghurt adds moisture and a little bit of tanginess to the cake.
- Baking powder and baking soda give this cake lift.
- Flour - plain, all-purpose flour, or standard-grade flour.
- Icing sugar/powdered sugar/confectioners sugar for the chocolate glaze.
- Vanilla extract adds depth to the chocolate flavor.
Salt is a crucial ingredient in all baked goods. I use table salt in all my recipes. One teaspoon of table salt equals 1.5 teaspoons of Morton Kosher Salt equals 2 teaspoons of Diamond Crystal.
Test the freshness of your baking powder or baking soda (bicarbonate of soda or bread soda) by placing a small amount in some boiling water. If it bubbles and fizzes, it's good to use!
Room Temperature Ingredients
Use room-temperature ingredients! Using room temperature ingredients ensures that ingredients in the batter or dough will incorporate easier. Take note that room temperature refers to around 20°C/68F.
- To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place them into warm water for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- To bring butter to room temperature quickly, cut the butter into cubes and zap it in the microwave at 20% power in 10-second intervals. Or place the cubes in a bowl over warm water (such as with a double boiler) over low heat for 1 minute!
- Milk, buttermilk, and cream can be brought to room temperature by zapping in the microwave at 20% power in 10-second intervals. Or on low heat for a minute or two swirling every 10-15 seconds.
Weighing ingredients is more accurate than measuring cups overall, and this is my recommendation for my recipes as they are all developed and tested using grams only. However, I have activated the US customary conversions on the recipe card, these are based on generally accepted conversions. Cups are equal to 236mL/ 8 fluid ounces, tablespoons are 15mL and teaspoons are 5mL.
Measuring cups and spoons are an essential addition to every kitchen! Especially if you don't use a kitchen scale. Invest in a set to ensure you add the correct ingredients for accurate measuring. When in doubt - always use a level spoon or cup measure.
How to Make a Chocolate Loaf Cake
Step 1 - Preheat and prep
Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F. Grease and line a regular-sized loaf tin with baking paper that has overhangs allowing for easy removal of the cake once baked.
Step 2 - Bloom the cocoa powder
In a large mixing bowl, combine the hot water, cocoa, butter, and espresso powder. Whisk until all the butter is melted and the cocoa powder is incorporated with no lumps.
TIP: If you don't want to bloom the cocoa or find that bloomed cocoa is a bit intense for your liking, simply leave out the cocoa powder in this step and sift it in the dry ingredients in step 4.
Step 3 - Add the rest of the wet ingredients
Add in the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined.
Step 4 - Add in the dry ingredients
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk until well combined.
TIP: If you didn't bloom the cocoa in step 2, add the cocoa into the cake in this step!
Step 5 - Pour and bake
Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The cake is done with a cake tester or toothpick and comes out mostly clean.
Step 6 - Cool the cake
Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 to 15 minutes before lifting it out and allowing it to cool completely on a wired cooling rack.
Step 7 - Make the glaze
In a small mixing bowl, combine the icing sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of warm water. If the icing is too thick, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between each addition until a thick pourable consistency is achieved.
Step 8 - Decorate & Serve
Pour the icing glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake. Let the icing set a bit, slice, serve and enjoy!
Pro Tips for this Recipe
Fan-forced or fan-assisted oven temperature must be decreased by 20°C/25F. Use an oven thermometer to determine the accuracy of your oven dial. For best baking results invest in an oven thermometer.
Metal bakeware is superior when it comes to baking biscuits, cookies, brownies, muffins and quick bread, scones, cakes. These heat up and cool down faster than glassware. Glassware is heavier, heats up and cools down slower than metal, and is more suited for bread puddings, pies, crisps, crumbles, and cobblers.
Storage and Freezing
This cake can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Individual slices can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost frozen slices in the fridge overnight and allow to come to temp before serving.
Chocolate Loaf Cake FAQ
Yes, leftovers can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Allow the cake to defrost in the fridge and come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
Yes, make the cake the day before an event. Wrap the cooled cake in clingfilm/plastic wrap to retain moisture. Then pour over the fresh glaze before serving.
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Chocolate Loaf Cake
- loaf tin
Chocolate Loaf Cake
- 125 grams hot water
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
- 40 grams cocoa powder
- 60 grams butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 55 grams Greek yoghurt
- 2 large eggs (Number 7)
- 180 grams flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 200 grams sugar (granulated or caster)
Chocolate Icing Glaze
- 115 grams icing sugar
- 15 grams cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 30 grams butter melted
- 2-4 tablespoons warm water
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F. Grease and line a regular-sized loaf tin with baking paper that has overhangs allowing for easy removal of the cake once baked.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the hot water, cocoa, butter, and espresso powder. Whisk until all the butter is melted and the cocoa powder is incorporated with no lumps.125 grams hot water, 1 teaspoon espresso powder, 40 grams cocoa powder, 60 grams butter
- Add in the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined.2 teaspoons vanilla, 55 grams Greek yoghurt, 2 large eggs
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk until well combined.180 grams flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 200 grams sugar
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The cake is done with a cake tester or toothpick and comes out mostly clean.
- Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 to 15 minutes before lifting it out and allowing it to cool completely on a wired cooling rack.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the icing sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of warm water. If the icing is too thick, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between each addition until a thick pourable consistency is achieved.115 grams icing sugar, 15 grams cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 30 grams butter, 2-4 tablespoons warm water
- Pour the icing glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake. Let the icing set a bit, slice, serve and enjoy!
Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.