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Extra Dark Chocolate Loaf

Get that 'I didn't even get a slice of my own loaf' cake feeling when everyone tucks in!

8 servings

Easy 80 Minutes



For the recipe  Extra Dark Chocolate Loaf

For the Cake:

115 g Unsalted butter or Margarine (4 oz)
115 g Dark Brown Sugar (4 oz)
115 g Pitted Prunes (4 oz) chopped
30 g Treacle (2 tbsp)
150 ml Milk (¼ pt) semi skimmed
150 g Plain Flour (5 oz)
25 Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder (x1 sachet/25g or 1 oz)
1 Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda Sachet (1 tsp)
100 g Dr. Oetker Extra Dark 70% Chocolate Chunks
1 Medium Egg

For the Decoration:

25 g Dr. Oetker 72% Extra Dark Chocolate (1 oz)




Extra Dark Chocolate Loaf

Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C Fan, Gas Mark 3). Grease and line a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin. Put the butter in a saucepan with the sugar, prunes and treacle and place over a very low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted together. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.


Sift the flour, Cocoa Powder and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and Chocolate Chunks. Gradually pour in the melted mixture, carefully mixing together to make a smooth, thick batter.


Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes until risen and firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes then turn on to a wire rack to cool completely – the loaf will sink to a flattish top as it cools. Wrap and store for at least 24 hours before serving to allow the flavour and texture to develop.


To decorate, break the Dark Chocolate into pieces and place in a small heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water until melted. Remove from the water and scrape into a piping bag fitted with a fine plain nozzle. Pipe zig-zag stripes on top of the cake. Leave for a few minutes to set before slicing to serve.

1 serving = 111g

Nutritional Information for the recipe Extra Dark Chocolate Loaf

Per Serving Per 100 g / ml
Energy 2667 kJ
637 kcal
1432 kJ
342 kcal
Fat 35.85 g 19.27 g
Carbohydrate 46.46 g 24.98 g
Protein 20.70 g 11.13 g