Tuesday 25 November 2014

Chilli chocolate loaf cake

It's got to that time of year where it is all about warmth for me. Hot meals, hot drinks, hot cake? Well maybe not with the cake but this is a nod to something baked with a little bit of heat to it. This cake is essentially a chocolate sponge made in a loaf tin but to add a little bit of interest I've added chilli chocolate to the icing. Not enough to blown your head off but just something to leave a tickle at the back of your throat.

Equipment: 1 2lb (1kg) loaf tin, lined (I use loaf tin liners), large bowl, electric whisk/beaters, saucepan.


6oz (170g) Self- raising flour
1oz (28g) Cocoa powder
1tsp (5ml) Baking powder
6oz (170g) Unsalted butter, softened or baking spread
6oz (170g) Caster sugar
3 Large eggs


2oz (55g) Chilli chocolate (I used Lindt)
1oz (28g) Caster sugar
2tsp (10ml) Golden syrup
2½ tbsp (40ml) Water
½oz (15g) Unsalted butter


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4.
2. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large bowl.
3. Add in the butter, sugar and eggs. Cream all together with the electric whisk until is smooth.
4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Spread out evenly but leave a dent in the middle to stop it rising too much.
5. Cook for 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
6. Leave to cool in the tin.
7. Once the cake has cooled make the icing.
8. In the saucepan add the chocolate, sugar, golden syrup and water and start to heat gently, stirring constantly.
9. Once everything has melted and it looks glossy take off the heat and add the butter.
10. Leave to cool slightly before pouring on top of the cake.
11. Leave to set before cutting.

Linking to my own Love Cake challenge, We Should Cocoa hosted by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog and this month's guest host Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen and Helen at Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

Casa Costello


  1. That's a nice touch Ness - a bit of heat in the icing (not sure icing is the most apt name)! It does look beautifully glossy and sounds delicious. Thanks for entering it into WSC.

  2. I do like the Lindt chilli chocolate, great idea to add it to icing so it gives a nice hint of chilli heat.

  3. Chocolate loaf is always a winner for me.... the chilli icing dripping down the sides looks very tempting, especially with the chilli hit!

  4. The icing is so glossy love that it is made with chocolate flavoured with a little chilli and I love the sound of the cake too. thank you for sharing with WSC, its most appreciated.


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