Moist chocolate loaf cake

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    This is a lovely moist chocolate loaf cake and a great recipe to have on hand for everyday cooking. This loaf cake is great to slice up and add to lunch boxes, take on picnics or enjoy with morning or afternoon coffee.

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    Makes: 1 900g chocolate loaf cake

    • For the cake
    • 250g margarine
    • 330g caster sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 7 tablespoons water
    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 1 pinch salt
    • For the icing
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr 

      For the cake:

    1. In a saucepan over a low heat combine the margarine, sugar, cocoa powder and water. Cook for 3 minutes until the margarine has melted and the sugar has dissolved then set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
    2. Once cooled, stir in the flour, baking powder and egg yolks. Mix well.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with pinch of salt until peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture. Transfer the cake mixture to the prepared loaf tin.
    5. Bake for 70 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (resist the urge to keep opening the oven door as this may result in a collapsed loaf). Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.
    6. For the icing:

    7. In a saucepan over a medium heat combine all of the ingredients for the icing and stir for 2 minutes until smooth. Spread warm on a cooled cake. Allow the icing to set before slicing and serving.

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    A beautiful cake - very moist and delicious. 😃  -  24 Mar 2015


    I followed the recipe except for using self raising instead of plain, but made 2 1lb loaves instead. Cooked for about 55 minutes. Delocious.  -  26 Apr 2016