Monday, 9 August 2010

Chocolate Spice Cake

I have been having a fiddle around. That is to say I was looking for a rich moist chocolate loaf cake without too much faffing around in the making. I finally managed to tick the boxes. It's densely chocolatey,very moist and keeps really well and most importantly it is easy and quick to make. The spice is optional and of course you can use any sweet spice of your choice. It just gives a little tingle in the background which I like. You do need the large pan I mention as it is quite a big mixture but is easily divided into smaller pans if you do not have the larger size. It was suggested to me it would be rather nice with custard. I haven't tried that option but I will soon.

Chocolate Spice Cake

225 gms/8oz butter
300gms/11oz dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple or ordinary syrup
2 beaten eggs
100 gms /4oz dark choc
175 gms /6oz SR flour (or the same weight in plain/all purpose flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder)
25gms/1 oz cocoa powder
250mls milk
1 tablespoon allspice optional


Warm the milk slightly in a large saucepan
Add everything else except the flour cocoa spice and eggs.
Melt together stirring as you go.
When cool beat in the eggs then sift in the flour, cocoa and allspice if using and mix in gently but thoroughly
Pour into a greased lined loaf tin

Bake at 180.C/160.C Fan/325.F/Gas3 for 30 minutes then turn down your oven to160.C/140.C Fan/ 125.F/Gas2 for 15-30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean
Leave to cool completely in the tin before turning out.

You need a large loaf tin 23.5 x 13.3 x 7 cms. 9 1/4"x 5 1/4"/ 2 3/4"
or you can use a regular 2lb loaf tin and a 1lb loaf tin or make a few cupcakes

It gets better as it sits for a day or two. The allspice gives just a hint of spice but you can leave it out and just have choccie cake.

It will crack on top and sink slightly so don't worry.

It is a very moist cake and keeps really well.


J e l e n a said...

very moist cake..I always love when the spices are choice would be cinnamon...I suppose this makes for beautiful moist cupcakes...excellent

The Caked Crusader said...

Beautiful. I'm picturing it warm with thick custard....yum!

Unknown said...

this looks delicious! I was given a tip by an American friend years ago who puts a tablespoon of mayo into her chocolate cake and it always makes it moist! x

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful cake! Spices and chocolate that is a great combo.



Grannymar said...

Now I have a longing for chocolate.

Rhyleysgranny said...

jelena - I think cinnamon would be lovely.

CC - I can't wait to try it with custard. Maybe tonight......

Dom - I have heard of that tip also but have yet to try it. :)

Rosa - Thank you. I love chocolate and spices too

Grannymar - get the mixer out :)

Brownieville Girl said...

That looks perfect Granny .... moist and rich!

I'm looking forward to giving it a try with the spice - think I'd like that!!

busygran said...

Why am I drooling? They look so very moist and chocolatey!

Gloria Baker said...

What beauty chocolate cake Brenda! look fantatsic and awesome!
huggs ! gloria

Lucie said...

This is just my kind of cake! - well done for fiddling around and achieving a delicious moist cake :)

Mary said...

Excellent cake just the way i like it !

Maria♥ said...

Love the look and sound of this cake!


Coby said...

{Sigh} I adore anything with allspice - with chocolate? Yes please!

George@CulinaryTravels said...

Looks gorgeous. I imagine it would be good made with Maya Gold chocolate, or left plain and served with a spiced sauce.

La Bella Cooks said...

The combo of the spice and deep rich chocolate would be so decadent. Your picture has me craving a slice!

fimere said...

gâteau aux épices et au chocolat ça doit être excellent et trop gourmand
j'aime beaucoup
bonne soirée

Alisa said...

It looks beautiful and delicious! I wish I had a slice of this

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Choclette said...

Ooh, what a very yummy chocolate cake this looks - moist and spicy and delicious. Could you taste the maple syrup - I really like the idea of using that in a cake.

Chinese Soup Pot said...

I love chocolate! This cake looks decadent!