Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

overhead of slice of chocolate loaf cake with whipped cream and raspberries

5 from 7 reviews

This super moist, ultra fudgy, deep, dense chocolate loaf cake is rich enough for dessert, but casual enough for an afternoon snack.



1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C strong brewed coffee
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder (dutch processed)
3 large eggs
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 C plain yogurt (I like whole milk for this)
1 tsp vanilla
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda


Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate chips, and coffee. Melt in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds or until the chocolate is melted. If your coffee is freshly brewed you can just pour it over the chocolate and butter and the heat of the coffee will melt everything. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.

In a large bowl vigorously whisk together the eggs and sugar for 2 minutes, until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the eggs begin to lighten in color. Add in the yogurt, vanilla, and chocolate coffee mixture. Sprinkle flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda over the top and whisk gently, just until no dry flour remains.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake on the middle rack for one hour and ten minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the thickest part comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, but no uncooked batter.

Let cool in pan completely before serving – about an hour.


My loaf pan is 9X4. If you have one that’s smaller you may have to hold back on putting in all the batter, as you don’t want anything to overflow. Also remember if you have an 8X4 inch pan it will take at least ten minutes longer to bake through.

Feel free to substitute greek yogurt for regular plain yogurt, but try not to use non-fat.

This recipe calls for dutched cocoa powder (explained in more detail within the post). I am working on a swap out for natural cocoa powder and will post it here when I’m happy with the result – for now though, please stick to dutch processed cocoa powder.

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