Sunday Night® Intense Chocolate Loaf Cake
Have you ever eaten a slice of chocolate quick bread or a chocolate muffin that looks good but doesn’t have much flavor? Get ready for our version: a glazed, triple-chocolate loaf cake that packs a big chocolate punch. See tip below for how to make three loaves, so you can gift your cake and eat it too!
1 loaf (14 servings)
1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee/espresso powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1⅓ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup sour cream, room temperature
½ cup boiling water
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coffee, room temperature
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (we prefer Kahlúa), optional
1 (9.2-ounce) jar Sunday Night® Dark + Decadent Chocolate Premium Dessert Sauce
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Cut a piece of parchment paper 5 inches wide and 21 inches long. Lay the paper in the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan* so that the parchment paper lines the bottom and hangs over two sides (when using the parchment paper, you don’t have to grease the pan). In a bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, instant coffee, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Beat in sour cream. Add the sifted dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula and beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. Slowly pour in the boiling water. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with a few moist crumbs still clinging to it.
Transfer loaf in the pan to a wire rack; let cool 10 minutes. Loosen the quick bread by jiggling it side to side until it moves slightly. Remove from pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over a wire rack and place loaf onto parchment paper (which will catch any drips from the glaze).
Stir together the coffee and Kahula (if using). While the cake is still warm, poke a few holes in it with a toothpick and use a pastry brush to apply the coffee soaking liquid to the tops and side of the bread, allowing it to the soak in. Allow the to cool completely.
To serve, place the cake on a large platter. Heat the Sunday Night® Dark + Decadent Chocolate Premium Dessert Sauce in a microwave oven on high for 10 seconds or until pourable. Pour desired amount of the sauce over the loaf. Cut into slices. Serve with additional chocolate sauce on the side.
Tips From Eileen
*Tip: For gift giving, double the recipe and bake the cake in three 8x4-inch loaf pans. Reduce the baking time by about 5 minutes. For muffins, prepare the recipe as directed except line muffin cups with paper baking cups and fill halfway full with batter. Reduce baking time by one-third to one-half, depending upon the size of your muffins. Glaze and ice in the same manner as the loaf cake.
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