A very moist spice cake with a hint of chocolate. This isn't too sweet a cake, and is delicious dusted with icing sugar to serve with a cuppa. To make soured milk, combine 110ml milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, and let sit for 10 minutes before using.
Someone requested a chocolate spice cake and this recipe was great. I added 2 tsp of choc cocoa and added a pinch of each nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. - 26 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was a very moist spice cake, but I think its name is misleading -- it's not chocolaty at all. You could probably leave the shaved chocolate out of it altogether and it might not even make a difference! I used buttercream frosting, but didn't care for that -- I think I'd use choc. frosting next time just so the cake lived up to its name a bit more. I'm not saying it wasn't good -- my husband really liked it! But it waas a spice cake, not in any way a chocolate cake. So, just be warned. - 08 Jun 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is a great recipe, it produces a very moist and flavorful cake. I've made it twice. I followed the recipe exactly the first time and got good reviews. The second time I doubled the recipe, used a 50/50 ratio of cake flour/all purpose flour, added 1 cup chocolate chips, baked 2-8" layers, and frosted with vanilla buttercream icing. This produced even better results. Everybody that tried it loved it. - 22 Apr 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)