Friday, March 3, 2017

Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake

When it comes to chocolate, I say go big or go home. So, when I spotted a recipe online for a double chocolate loaf cake, I decided to go big and make it a triple chocolate loaf cake. I'm not a baker, as you all know, but yesterday I really felt like baking, and I really wanted chocolate. This is the best tasting, richest, most chocolaty cake I've ever eaten. Topping it with the ganache takes it over the top; the chocolate lover in your life is going to thank you for making this decadent dessert. 
Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake
Adapted from a recipe by King Arthur Flour

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup heavy cream
Sprinkling of Fleur de Sel 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, leaving a two-inch overhang for easy removal from the pan. Spray with Pam.

Using a stand mixer beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder, espresso powder, and both cocoas until well combined, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the flour and nibs, alternating with milk, and mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Fold in 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips.

Transfer the batter to your prepared loaf pan and smooth out evenly. Place in oven and bake for 60 minutes or until the top of the loaf springs back when gently pushed on the surface.

Let cool while making the ganache: Warm the cream in a small pan over low heat. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and let the heat of the cream melt the chocolate for a few minutes. Stir until smooth and lump free. Pour the ganache over the cake covering completely. It's okay if it runs down the side. Let the cake rest until the ganache sets. (Refrigeration speeds up this process.) When ganache is set, lift the cake out of the pan using the foil "tails," and garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, if desired. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Slice the cake into thick wedges and serve.

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Stacey said...

Oh my, this looks amazing!! I'm saving this recipe and sharing it too. :)

Linda said...

omg! Saving this one - it looks perfect for me!

jmac said...

You are speaking to my soul with this one!!! Omg! Seriously? And I haven't had an ounce of refined sugar (crept for my wine😜) in s month....this may be the one that breaks me!! said...

I like the way you think Pattie, triple chocolate!

bj said...

Lordy Mercy....this looks amazing

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love love chocolate and would be in heaven - sure wish I had some right now.
Thanks for the recipe.

Have a great weekend.