The BEST Chocolate Loaf Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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Have a chocolate craving but don’t want to make a whole chocolate cake? Then this Chocolate Loaf Cake with Chocolate Ganache is the perfect answer for you. Dense but moist chocolate cake with a silky smooth ganache. This is a chocolate lover’s dream!

chocolate loaf cake

The ganache comes together in just a few minutes. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan just until it simmers (don’t boil). Pour it over the chopped chocolate and corn syrup and let it set for a few minutes to soften the chocolate. Then whisk it together until it’s smooth and glossy.

Happy Baking!

XOXOXO Amanda

The BEST Chocolate Loaf Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Recipe by Amanda Innes-ShareefCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Cooking time

55

minutes
Calories

470

kcal

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter 170g
    (3/4 cup)

  • Sugar 230g
    (1 cup)

  • 4 Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour 155g
    (1 cup)

  • Cocoa Powder 75g
    (2/3 cup)

  • Baking Powder 1 tsp

  • Baking Soda 1/2 tsp

  • Salt 1/2 tsp

  • Espresso Powder 1 tsp

  • Buttermilk 80g
    (1/3 cup)

  • Vanilla 1 tsp

  • Hot Water 60g
    (1/4 cup)

  • Chocolate Ganache (recipe below)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or butter a loaf pan.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and beat for one minute after each egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Whisk until combined.
  • Measure out the buttermilk and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix until almost combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and vanilla and mix until almost combined.
  • Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined.
  • Add the hot water and mix until combined. Finish mixing by hand if needed. Do not overmix.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the ganache.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, place on a cooling rack to cool until it’s still warm but can be handled without a hot pad (about 15 minutes) and remove from the pan. Allow cake to cool completely.
  • Spread cooled ganache over the top.

chocolate ganache Directions

  • Place 200g of high quality chocolate chips or a chopped chocolate bar into a heat -proof bowl.
  •  Pour 2 Tbsp of light corn syrup over the chocolate. (You can leave this out but the ganache won’t be as shiny).
  • Place 200g of heavy cream in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat just until it starts to simmer.
  • Pour the hot cream over the chocolate so that the chocolate is completely covered and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Whisk together until completely smooth and shiny.
  • Refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes until the ganache is a consistency that can be spread, not poured.
  • Use a spoon or a mini offset spatula to spread the ganache over the cooled cake.