Easy chocolate dream loaf cake is rich, moist, loaded with chocolate chips & cocoa. A delicious cake recipe, ideal for breakfast, snacks or Afternoon Tea
Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake! This recipe is incredibly simple and easy to make, and packed with rich chocolate flavor.
The addition of yogurt in the cake makes for a nice tender and moist crumb and using both chocolate chips and cocoa powder will give you a double hit of chocolate.
This is a great loaf cake to make for a breakfast treat or a snack. You can add a slice to lunch boxes, serve as a dessert, or part of an afternoon tea.
It's very versatile, so feel free to add a handful of nuts to the batter if you wish! If you love chocolate, then this is certainly a dream cake for you!
The recipe is for 2 loaves, this is necessary as one loaf never lasts! You can always freeze one loaf if you wish. Simply defrost at room temperature and serve as normal. It won't lose it's moistness and will be equally as tasty.
We've got a huge selection of chocolate cake recipes so be sure to check them out too!
Recipe by Carina Duclos
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60 - 70 minutes
Makes TWO Loaves
a 10-in (25 cm) Bundt pan or two 9 x 5-in (23 x 13 cm) loaf pans.
1 cup Milk
1 cup cocoa powder
½ cup plain yoghurt, (not fat-free)
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Butter a 10-in (25 cm) Bundt pan or two 9 x 5-in (23 x 13 cm) loaf pans.
2. In a bowl, gradually whisk milk into cocoa powder to make a smooth paste; whisk in yoghurt and set aside.
3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
5. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, making 3 additions of flour and 2 of milk. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Spread into prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake for 60 to 70 min or until a tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
Let cool in pan on a rack for 15 min. Invert onto rack, remove pan and let cool completely.
Can I cook this loaf in a bundt pan?
For a bundt pan, the bake time will be around 50 - 55 minutes. Do check after 50 minutes for doneness! Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
How do I freeze a loaf cake?
You can also freeze half or all of it, wrap in parchment paper, then place in a zippy bag. Defrost as normal and enjoy! It will still be moist.
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Chocolate Dream Loaf Cake
Rich, moist chocolate loaf cake with chocolate chips & cocoa for a delicious, decadent cake. Easy, simple recipe, great for breakfast, snacks, afternoon tea
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup plain yoghurt, (not fat-free)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Butter a 10-in (25 cm) Bundt pan or two 9 x 5-in (23 x 13 cm) loaf pans.
- In a bowl, gradually whisk milk into cocoa powder to make a smooth paste; whisk in yoghurt and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, making 3 additions of flour and 2 of milk. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread into prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake for 60 to 70 min or until a tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Let cool in pan on a rack for 15 min. Invert onto rack, remove pan and let cool completely. For a bundt pan the bake time will be around 50 - 55 minutes. Do check after 50 minutes for done ness!
- Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container. You can also freeze half or all of it, wrap in parchment paper, then place in a zippy bag. Defrost as normal and enjoy! It will still be moist.
This recipe makes TWO loaves
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 TWO loaves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g
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Why would you say to use a bundt pan if you haven’t tried this recipe in a bundt pan?????? I wish I read the comments before just putting it in the oven in the bundt pan
Hi Caitlin, for any cakes, it is possible to use any pan you wish, whether it be a bundt, cupcake, loaf, mini cake pan etc. the only difference will come to the bake time which will obviously need adjusting. There is not too much difference between using a full loaf or a bundt pan, apart from maybe 10 minutes or so less cook time. So whilst we don’t try every pan possible for every recipe, we do offer suggestions for other pans simply because some people prefer using a bundt or do not have a loaf pan. The ingredients and ratios all stay the same no matter which pan you choose. Hope that helps!
I’m going to try this but with half the sugar…maybe 3/4 cup and little more vanilla. Most recipes seem over the top sweet to me.
How long would it take with using a bundt pan? Also, if for a BD would you use frostig?
Hi Sue, thanks for writing in. So far, we haven’t had any reports back of trying this in a bundt pan, however, I suggest you follow this recipe here for bake time and oven temperature as we know for sure it works! https://lovefoodies.com/nannys-chocolate-fudge-brownie-cake.html .
As far as frosting goes, I think your idea to frost would make it very special, especially as it’s for a birthday so Yes! Go with your favorite frosting too. It will be fabulous!
Thanks for writing in and have a lovely week!
Marsha M. SOCALsays:
If you don’t have plain yogurt, could you substitute regular sour cream in this recipe?
Hi Marsha, I haven’t tried it myself with the sour cream but I am pretty sure it would work well, so I say give it a go! It will be delicious anyway! Please do pop back and let us know how it goes.