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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

super duper chocolate-y loaf cake

one of the things i like best about the weekend is sitting around, lazy, with a cup of a coffee. i prefer to watch the lineup on the food network, ensconced in my armchair and flannel robe. it's been a long time since i've been able to do that. if i'm not out of town or busy running errands, then i'm catching up on my sleep. sigh.


this past weekend was no different. i had plans to meet up with my friend Christa at her art gallery, Gallery 321, for some much needed catching up, over coffee. let's just say that because i had decided to hang out with Isabella AND read some after my shift friday night, the wee hours of the morning were creeping by the time i fell asleep and so the meet up actually didn't occur till closer to 2. to make up for it, i brought over a dense chocolate cake, recipe courtesy of the lovely Nigella Lawson. Let's just say this brit knows her chocolate cake. i first saw the recipe from Baking for the Cure, who creates the most decadent dishes and lickable pictures to go with them. it was everything she described: sweet, moist, and not so pretty to photograph.


Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake
inspired by Baking for a Cure, but adapted from Nigella Lawson

1 cup soft unsalted butter
1 2/3 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces best bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
9X5 inch loaf pan

preheat the oven to 375 put in a baking sheet in case of sticky drips later, and grease and line the loaf pan. The lining is important as this is a very damp cake: use parchment or one of those loaf pan shaped liners.

Cream the butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand help mixer, then add the eggs and vanilla, beating in well. Next fold in the melted and now slightly cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well but being careful not to overbeat. You want the ingredients combined: you don't want a light airy mass. Then gently add the flour, to which you've added the baking soda, alternately spoon by spoon, with the boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter. Pour into the lined loaf pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 325 and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. The cake will still be a bit squidgey inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer won't come out completely clean.

Place the loaf pan on a rack, and leave to get completely cold before turning it out. Don't worry if it sinks in the middle: indeed, it will do so because it's such a dense damp cake. i think this is the kind of cake that tastes better the next day or the day after.

Today's song: The Cure, Just Like Heaven


  1. This looks great. I'm sure that it more than made up for delaying the meeting!

  2. OH, I love Nigella. And chocolate cake. Not sure which one I love more. Well, probably the cake. This I *must* make.

  3. Not as awesomely spectacular as the Timothy cake, but it still looks like a good dinner... or dessert...

  4. Your cake looks amazing! I am so glad you liked it :)

  5. All your posts are making me hungry!!!!!

  6. Fearless Kitchen --
    i hope so, it really was good. overall, a lovely catch up session with chocolately goodness. :)

    Shannalee --
    Nigella just knows her chocolate cakes! i hope you make this soon, let me know how it turns out.

    oh timothy --
    i fear i may fall short next year when i make your timothy cake again. i am, however, already thinking about recipes. :)

    baking for the cure --
    thank you for posting the recipe. :)

    jessica --
    hopefully you'll be encouraged to try some of the recipes :)

  7. OH, I love Nigella. And chocolate cake. Not sure which one I love more. Well, probably the cake. This I *must* make.