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Sunday Night Chocolate Cake

Alright sugar plums we're not going to beat around the bush here.

Sometimes you just need a whole lotta chocolate.

And yes, you are correct in assuming that by sometimes we mean absolutely all the time, every moment of every day, round the clock, non stop, twenty four seven.

But that wouldn't make for the most dynamic blogging experience now would it?

But today?  Today we're talking chocolate.

Nothing fancy, nothing frosted.  No sprinkles, ganaches or fillings.  Nope, not today.

Just chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.  We call it a Sunday night cake because seriously, if it's Sunday night and we're baking something, it best be easy, delicious and totally fuss free.

There are obviously rather an abunadance of chocolate cake recipes, though we adapted ours from the genius Baked boys. 

They called it a double chocolate loaf.  Which we sort of enjoy as well, you know, since anything in loaf form seems to be an acceptable anytime of day food.  

Toasted with butter for breakfast, slathered with peanut butter for a snack or eaten all alone warm from the oven on a Sunday night.

Oh, and it's also not too terrible covered with vanilla ice cream. 

Because usually when you need a whole lotta chocolate, you also need a little bit of ice cream.

Sunday Night Chocolate Cake
Makes 1 loaf
Adapted from Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented

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3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces dark chocolate (60-72%), coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 F with the rack in the center.  Butter and flour a loaf pan (or a 9 x 9 square baking pan) and line with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine brown sugar, cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Turn the mixer on low to incorporate all ingredients.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk until blended, then add the buttermilk,oil, and vanilla.  Whisk again until just combined.

With the mixer to low, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring just until combined.  Fold in the dark chocolate chunks by hand.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Reader Comments (10)

That cake looks rich, chocolaty and amazing! I sure could have used a slice (or 4) last night.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Love that this is called "Sunday night" chocolate cake! ;)

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Oh my gosh - I want to reach through the screen and grab that spoonful of cake right now!!! Looks fantastic girls - I'm thinking this is definitely a breakfast, lunch and dinner cake....if it lasted to dinner?!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea @ Vegvacious

I just had to comment on how much I enjoy your blog! I am slightly obsessed with food blogs (especially baking blogs) and yours is truly one of my favorites! I love your story and your posts are always clever, have great photos and look delicious! I am a bit upset with myself because last night I made the mistake of looking through every post! Couldn't I have saved any of the goodness for later??? Now I will just have to wait with anxious anticipation to see what you will come up with next! Thanks for the inspiration!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMercedes

Oh that looks yummy! I would much rather be eating a slice of that cake, then the salad that's in front of me :(

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Bake, Run Live

You girls are too cute!
Adore you!
Just pinned this YUMMY chocolate cake to my board!
LOVE your blog!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

I agree, loaf cakes are great because you can get away with eating at every meal :).

Hello! I have to agree with all these posts! I absolutely adore your blog and am aching to make this recipe! I was wondering if it could be prepared in the form of a bundt cake using the same recipe?
Will this alter anything?


October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

Hi Desiree - you could certainly substitute another pan, but you'd have to check to see if it has a similar capacity as the loaf pan we used. We used a standard 8 x 4 loaf pan with a 4-6 cup capacity. You'd just need to check the capacity of whatever pan you plan on using and see if it's close. You might also want to keep an eye on it in the oven as baking time may vary.

October 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

This was super easy and super good. It's hard to resist making it all the time because that means chocolate cake would be around, well, all the time.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

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