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A thick, fudgey and delicious chocolate fudge loaf cake, topped with luscious chocolate fudge buttercream frosting, and more! 

Loaf cakes!

Loaf cakes… loaf cakes… I wish I’d known about your popularity before this past year, otherwise I would have done more recipes sooner. I honestly cannot get my head around how popular my loaf cake recipes have been! So, here is another.. 

My Terry’s Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake, and my Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake have been super popular recently – and I love it! Although, I have had request after request for a really lovely, dense, fudgey and amazing chocolate fudge version, so here it is! 

Chocolate fudge loaf cake

I couldn’t resist this from the beginning because you all know how much I adore a chocolate fudge cake. My chocolate fudge cake traybake and the cupcake version have always been popular, but nothing is as popular as the layer cake version! They all directly inspire this one, as they are all based around the same recipe!

As you may be aware, a classic and easy chocolate cake is based around five ingredients, usually. Flour, cocoa powder, eggs, butter and sugar – they make a chocolate Victoria sponge style cake, and I use that style of recipe all the time in my various bakes.. but this one is very very different. 

This sponge recipe uses ELEVEN ingredients, so quite different. Flour, cocoa powder, butter, eggs and sugar are still all there, but so is instant coffee, water, dark chocolate, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and buttermilk. This will sound a bit extreme, but trust me – it’s worth it. 

Chocolate, butter and coffee

This cake recipe is very easy to make. You need to melt the dark chocolate and butter together until smooth – like you would for the base of a brownie mixture – and dissolve the coffee into the water.

YOU CAN’T TASTE THE COFFEE in the end results.. so PLEASE, trust me here, and use it. The coffee is designed to bring out a rich and delicious chocolate flavour. It’s 100% worth it!! 

Dry ingredients

Instead of self raising flour, you use plain flour, baking powder, and bicarbonate – they react with the other ingredients and create the texture you are after! You whisk the dry ingredients together with the sugar into a bowl with just a spatula or something – you really do not need or want to use an electric mixer here. 

Eggs and buttermilk

You then whisk the eggs and buttermilk together – buttermilk is there to react with bicarbonate to create a rise in the cake – it’s very different to your regular use of self raising flour!

However, if you don’t want to buy a pot of buttermilk (which is found with the creams in the uk) you can make your own using whole milk (full-fat) and whisking in 1tbsp of lemon juice and leaving it to sit. It will look split almost, but that’s what you want!

Combine and pour

You then combine the three different mixes together, with a whisk – stir as little as possible, pour into the tin and bake! As it’s a loaf cake, it will take a long time to bake – loaf cakes are similar to bundt cakes in that sense.


I use my favourite 2lb loaf tin as normal, but they can also vary in size (never understood why?!) – so if you think your tin is too full, make a few cupcakes with the spare mix. I usually fill my tin up to about 3/4 full, so by the time it rises, the tin is full! 


For the frosting, I used the same idea as the best ever frosting ever – evaporated milk being the key ingredient. The only thing is that yes you will have some evaporated milk leftover, but don’t worry, you can freeze it! 


With loaf cakes I just like to slather the frosting all over the top, or pipe, but it’s up to you – I often use some strawberries and some more chocolate goodies to decorate and it’s done, but that’s up to you – sometimes just chocolates are good! It’s a bit more effort with the ingredients, but otherwise, it’s such an easy cake to bake! I hope you love it! 

Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake!

A thick, fudgey and delicious chocolate fudge loaf cake, topped with luscious chocolate fudge buttercream frosting, and more! 
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Category: Cake
Type: Loaf Cake
Keyword: Chocolate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


The Cake

  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsps instant coffee
  • 100 ml boiling water
  • 135 g plain flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300 g light brown sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 75 ml buttermilk

The Frosting

  • 125 g unsalted butter (room temp - not stork/spread)
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 50-75 ml evaporated milk


  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolates


For the Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line a 2lb loaf tin!
  • In a microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate and butter and heat and mix until melted. I usually do 30 second bursts! 
  • Add the coffee granules to a mug, and pour over the boiling water and mix until smooth - add the coffee mix into the chocolate/butter and mix until smooth. 
  • In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar to a large bowl and whisk until distributed. 
  • In another bowl, mix together the buttermilk and eggs. 
  • Add the three mixes together - I pour the chocolate/coffee mix and the egg/buttermilk mix into the dry ingredients and fold until smooth. You do not need to use a stand mixer as you may over-mix it.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined 2lb loaf tin - bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes, or until baked through!
  • Leave to cool fully once baked!

For the Frosting

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature!
  • Beat the butter on it's own for a few minutes to soften!
  • Add in the icing sugar and cocoa powder 1/2 at a time, and beat until combined.
  • Add the vanilla, and then the evaporated milk a little at a time beating fully in-between each go!


  • Slather the frosting onto the top of the loaf cake, and then decorate how you want - chocolates and more!
  • Sprinkle on your favourite sprinkles and enjoy! 


  • This recipe is based on my chocolate fudge cake and chocolate fudge cupcakes with a few changes to suit the loaf cake!
  • I used this 2lb loaf tin as always!
  • The evaporated milk cannot be switched to condensed milk. 
  • PLEASE USE THE COFFEE - it just makes it taste more chocolatey, it doesn't taste of coffee. 
  • You can make your own buttermilk with 75ml full-fat milk, and 1tbsp of lemon juice. 
  • This cake will last for 3-4 days, at room temp. 


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  1. WJ on April 17, 2024 at 10:08 am

    5 stars
    This has become a family favourite alongside the coffee cake. I made this for a family day and everyone commented on how tasty and fudgy it was. I’ve just discovered you can freeze the cake too 👏🏼😁 so will bake some to put by.

    Since discovering Jane’s cakes, these are my go to recipes as I’ve not had one fail yet, and always receive complimentary comments.

    Thank you 😊 🍰

  2. Oona on March 27, 2024 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Jane, just made this amazing cake. I’ve used a lot of your recipes. Fantastic. Do you leave this one to cool completely in the tin ?
    Thanks again for another great recipe

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 11, 2024 at 12:32 pm

      Hey! Ahh amazing. I do generally leave mine to cool in the tin for ease! x

  3. Rene on March 2, 2024 at 7:55 pm

    What would be the temperature on an american oven?

  4. Carol on November 30, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Jane
    Absolutely love your recipes. Quick question do you have to cool the ingredients at all before mixing them all together.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 1, 2023 at 11:38 am

      It’s best to make sure things are cool so it doesn’t split the mix x

  5. Linda on September 24, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    This is just perfect , made it for a family gathering,stuck to the recipe served with double cream…. .

  6. Amy Boghurst on January 23, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, it’s one of my go to’s for birthdays! My dad loves banana and so I started to wonder if I could add banana to it and make a chocolate fudge banana loaf. But I’m not sure if I’d need to take anything out incase it’s then too moist?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 31, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      Hiya! I personally would not mess with the recipe as it is already fairly delicate! You could always decorate with banana though! Hope this helps! x

    • Erin S on October 12, 2023 at 7:57 pm

      hi! i’ve seen you can make many recipes vegan by replacing the eggs with fruit (banana, raspberry etc) so i’m sure you could hypothetically do the reverse? x

  7. Melanie Franceschi on January 11, 2023 at 1:35 am

    What are the equivalents in cups oz, etc. ?

  8. Rohini Fernandes on January 10, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    Beautiful quick and so tasty! My cake had a rich chocolatey flavour. It’s also so moist. I cooked it for around 45 minutes in a 160degree fan oven. I used some yogurt instead of buttermilk . Only thing is the amount of icing turns out to be too much for the cake! Il save some for another time. Can I freeze it? How long will it keep in the fridge?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 11, 2023 at 9:33 am

      Hiya! It can be frozen for up to 3 months, or it will keep for around 2 weeks in the fridge! Hope this helps! x

  9. Laura on August 21, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Cakes came out perfectly risen however after leaving it to cook when I checked it the middle had caved in on itself, how do I stop that from happening? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      Hiya! This usually means it is over baked, or a raising agent is over measured. Hope this helps! x

  10. Catherin on July 16, 2022 at 9:42 am

    What can I use instead of the evaporated milk?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 26, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      Hiya! There’s no perfect replacement – but you could try double cream! Hope this helps! x

  11. Aunt J on June 22, 2022 at 5:36 am

    A question, if I may, please. I am looking for a chocolate orange cake with a pound cake vibe; a dense cake with a moist, tight crumb. I have been pouring over and comparing this recipe to your Chocolate Orange loaf cake. This recipe seems more in keeping with my pound cake methodology. Do you anticipate I would have success adding orange zest to this recipe? Will the zest be overly acidic with the baking soda and buttermilk? Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?

    Just today I ran across your blog via Pinterest and am really enjoying reading, pinning and deciding what to try first. I too am a fan of chocolate-orange and of Biscoff!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 24, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Hiya! This is a fudge cake so will be a bit lighter in texture compared to a pound cake, but similar! You can absolutely add zest, just be sure not to add any juice! Hope this helps, enjoy! x

  12. Charlotte on June 15, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Thank you for all of your recipes. What percentage of dark cholate do you use?xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 21, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Hiya! I always use at least 70% dark chocolate in baking! Hope this helps! x

  13. Kim Cotterill on April 29, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jane can I make this cake and freeze it as I don’t need it till next weekend?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 29, 2022 at 10:23 am

      Yes absolutely, you can freeze it for up to 3 months! Enjoy! x

  14. Bethany Stanton-mayers on April 26, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I absolutely love your recipes and have had such results since I started baking.

    I would like to make a chocolate cake for my sons birthday, I am intending on covering it in fondont icing and was just wondering out of your cakes I.e. the chocolate drip cake, back to basic chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, hot chocolate which the best cake to make please?

    Also is it okay to cover the cake in fondsnt and is there any fondont you recommend pl3ase?

    Thank you 😊xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 26, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Hiya! I’d recommend using the Chocolate Drip cake, any fondant will be fine! Hope this helps! x

  15. Tracy Conod on March 29, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Thought the quantity seemed a bit much for the 2lb loaf tin but thought I’d give it ago. Unfortunately a large quantity overflowed from the tin as it cooked. Cake left in the tin was still nice. Almost exactly the same as a recipe i used a lot in the past for a chocolate mud cake. Will scale it down to a 2 egg quantity and give it another go.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 30, 2022 at 3:45 pm

      Hiya! All 2lb loaf tins can vary in size as mentioned in the post – fill your tin 2/3 full to achieve the best bake! Hope this helps! x

  16. Sue Roy on March 13, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    I’m sure this will be gorgeous but it’s been in the oven for 50 mins (just checked it as I have a habit of burning things), it’s def in a 2lb loaf tin but it’s come over the top of the tin and is lying in a heap beside the tin! There’s still plenty in the tin.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 23, 2022 at 11:10 am

      Hiya! Sounds like your tin was slightly overfilled – I always recommend filling your loaf tin 2/3 to achieve the best bake! Hope this helps! x

  17. Aisha Mahmood on November 15, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Can I use less icing sugar in the frosting? I have noticed that the frosting has an odd metallic taste which may be because of the amount of icing sugar.

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 16, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Hiya! A metallic taste would not come from sugar – I would suggest that there may be something wrong with another ingredient you’ve used! Hope this helps x

  18. Maureen on October 7, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    A M A Z I N G – Froze cake for over a week before decorating, wonderful, beautifully moist and lasted very well.

  19. Steph on September 26, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    5 stars
    Made this today and oh my gosh it was amazing !!! So moist and fudgy, yet tender and soft, with a deep chocolate flavour I paired this with Jane’s galaxy chocolate frosting and it was just incredible.

    I didn’t quite put all the mixture into my loaf tin, I made 3 cupcakes or else the tin would have been a bit too full. For me, mine baked in about 55 mins, and you definitely can’t taste the coffee.

    Thanks for the amazing recipe Jane <3 x

  20. Lola on September 24, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, This recipe is a winner! I made it and it was absolutely delicious. only thing is mine came out soft, and not as dense/moist like yours in the picture: I didnt have 3 eggs at home(had only 2 and then I added 2 tbs of mayonnaise as sub for the 3rd egg and I also added extra cocoa powder as I didnt have chocolate at home. Could that be the reason why?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 28, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      It could be yes as you altered the recipe! x

  21. Amalie on August 19, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Jane
    Looove this recipe, made it for Easter this year and my family loved it!
    Do you think it would get dry if I baked it as a sheet cake, to make those letter cakes?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 25, 2021 at 11:01 am

      I have a traybake version on my blog – it is a very delicate sponge though so it’s risky moving it about too much or cutting into shapes! x

  22. Nicola on July 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Jane
    I’ve only got kenco smooth coffee granules are these OK? And do I wait for chocolate/ butter and coffee to cool before mixing?is stork OK for the cake ? Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 8, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      That coffee is fine, no you don’t have to wait as it all cools together, and for the cake yes it is but not the frosting xx

  23. Faith on July 4, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    Just baked this for the first time. Used the tin Jane recommends and it got a huge thumbs up from the whole family. Definitely one I’ll be baking again….the evaporated milk makes the icing that little bit special.

  24. Becca on July 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Sorry to say the same happened to me as a few other posters and it sank completely in the middle (whilst cooking). I’m an experienced baker and didn’t touch the oven door – it just rose up and sank. Followed to the letter so not sure what went wrong as all the other recipes I’ve followed on this site worked perfectly.

  25. emily on May 20, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    If I wanted to make this into a normal size round cake instead of a loaf cake, what would the measurements of the ingredients need to be? Cannot wait to try this x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Have a look at my normal chocolate fudge cake already on my blog..! x

    • Sheena Koshy on May 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Greetings! Do you have a substitute for evaporated milk?

  26. Liz on May 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars
    Greetings, do you have the nutritional values?. My daughter is Type 1 Diabetic, and it would be a treat for her to have a small slice. Or if possible I’d love to request a cake aimed at diabetics. Much appreciated, kind regards.

  27. Stef on May 1, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made, it’s so delicious!! Trouble is, it always bubbles over the top of the tin and always sinks in the middle…any tips for this please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 1, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Sounds like your tin is smaller than mine – so you need to use less mixture! 2lb loaf tins can vary greatly so only fill 2/3 of the way!

    • Stef on May 1, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      Amazing, thank you.

    • tracy shepherd on May 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Mine has just done the same. Thought I’d done something wrong but just read Jane’s comment about the size of the tin.

  28. Michelle on April 26, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    5 stars
    I gave my son the choice of every cake on your website and he chose this one. It’s come out perfectly and I have a very happy 17 year old birthday boy. Not often I get a spontaneous hug nowadays but this cake got me a huge hug.

  29. Clare on April 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    Another amazing recipe! First chocolate cake I’ve ever baked and came out perfect. Not too sickly and the frosting perfectly balances the the dark chocolate in the cake. Can’t wait until the book comes out!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 19, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      Hey! Ahh thank you so much this is so lovely. I know, neither can I, it is so exciting xx

  30. Vickie on April 5, 2021 at 8:01 am

    5 stars
    Easy to make,a few ingredients I didn’t have,like the buttermilk and evaporated milk..and I found out my loaf tin isn’t a 2lb one!!!😂
    The cake took a while to cook,maybe another 15 mins on top of what it says here,but my oven is a bit like that anyway.
    Cake is dense,fudgey,chocolatey and super tasty! Am yet to make the frosting but will do toast.
    If anyone’s worried about the coffee,you honestly cannot taste it.
    I’ll definitely be trying other recipes after finding this one so easy(once I’ve bought a bigger loaf tin!!!!)

  31. Alison on March 30, 2021 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I use this recipe and I love it. I was just wondering if I wanted to do this again but just to make a large batch of cupcakes how many cupcakes would I be able to make? I was thinking 18 but wasn’t sure.

  32. A Moore on March 4, 2021 at 9:33 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    Is it possible to freeze this cake please?

    Thanks x

  33. Rachel on February 28, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    5 stars
    Made for a friend’s birthday – went down a storm! Thank you 🙂

  34. V on February 19, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Hi Jane, would it be possible to halve this recipe for use in a 1lb loaf tin, rather than a 2lb? Thanks 🙂

  35. Phoebe Bunker on February 17, 2021 at 10:41 am

    5 stars
    I’ve made this cake before and it was lush! I want to make a loaf cake with a hidden heart in the middle- if I put cooked cake in heart shapes into this mixture would it be too runny or would it be okay? Hopefully that makes sense!?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      This mixture is quite runny to be honest – I would use a more classic mix compared to fudge cake!

    • Phoebe Bunker on February 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      5 stars
      Okay- ‘l will just use the recipe from your creme egg one thank you!

  36. Danny on February 16, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Hey Jane, i made this wonderful loaf last week and its fantastic! could i put chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate into the cake its self or will they just melt? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 16, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      They would probably just melt, and sink. The mixture is quite thin so it’s not the best for chocolate chips!

  37. Anna Renwick on January 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I made this cake and everyone loved it, definitely make again, when you want a good chocolate fix, this is the cake to make.

  38. Sal on December 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane I discovered you through my Instagram after many failed attempts at baking, ever since using your recipes everyone has raved over my bakes! Although I feel guilty taking credit for all your hard work 😛 super excited to continue baking my way down your list of recipes!!

    Thank you for all your hard work <3

  39. Alex Lloyd on December 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    Quite easily the best chocolate loaf cake I’ve ever had. I make it all the time, it’s delicious!

    • Sara on March 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      5 stars
      My cake sunk in the middle could you tell me why?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 3, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      This usually means the oven door was opened too early during the bake and the heat change in the oven caused it, or it was under baked x

  40. Sienna on December 13, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Hi Jane! I’d like to make this as a desert for our Sunday roast later, but I don’t have any buttermilk so could I make it with lemon juice and whole milk if so how much do I use? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 13, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Use the same quantity of whole milk and one tbsp of lemon juice! x

  41. Julie on December 13, 2020 at 11:15 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane I have made this a couple of times & it is the best chocolate cake ever. Everyone who has tried it says the same. I love your recipes full stop.

    I was wondering if you could actually freeze the cake before icing.


  42. Rachel on December 11, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Love your recipes! Just pulled this one out of the oven at 50 mins – first attempt. The top is quite hard/has a crust? Is this normal or should it be soft? Wondering if I’v slightly overdone it. I put less mixture in the tin as my 2lb tin seems small and didn’t want it to overspill! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 11, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      It may be over done/your oven was too high! x

  43. Aoife on December 9, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    5 stars
    One of the best cakes ever!!!

  44. Rachael Macisaac on December 7, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    5 stars
    I made this a few weeks ago. I bought the same tin and it worked a treat. Icing was delicious x

  45. Kay Harvey on December 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    I didn’t have buttermilk, so used the alternative with whole milk and lemon. Perfect. And you’re right, you can’t taste the coffee.


  46. Sue Smith on December 6, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this and it looks amazing

  47. Sue on December 6, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this and it looks amazing

  48. Hening Suryandari on December 2, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Hi Jane,
    I made this recipe today, I love the taste of it, very moist and good but I have a problem here. The top of the cake was not dense enough and it’s middle top sank 😭 Wonder what’s wrong with this? Is it because the flour not sufficient enough in the dough? I did exactly as per your recipe. Please give me your opinion and advice as I love this cake 🍰

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      The recipe is correct for sure, sinking cakes often means it is under baked slightly, or the oven door was opened too early causing it to sink.

  49. Paula on November 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Jane, I’ve loads of Demerara cane sugar can this be used for brown sugar???
    Haven’t used it for baking as seems to be bigger crystals.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 1, 2020 at 10:34 am

      It can be a bit grainy I won’t lie, but if you have any form of blender you can try and blend the sugar to make the crystals finer x

  50. Vicki on November 28, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    1 star
    Sadly, it completely collapsed in the middle. I didn’t touch the oven door for the first 55 minutes! It wasn’t wasted though as it tasted delicious just tearing mouthfuls out of the tin!

  51. Chandni on November 26, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Hey Jane,
    Is there any substitute for egg in this recipe??

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 27, 2020 at 11:23 am

      I have not made this one eggless I’m afraid so I don’t know exactly what would work or not but its worth looking into egg replacements if you have done it before!

  52. Irma on November 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Jane, could I use normal baking spread/stork for the cake instead of butter? Would it change the texture of the cake?
    Many thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      For the cake yes, but not the frosting! X

  53. Maria on November 18, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    4 stars
    I used 70% dark chocolate and a premium cocoa powder and it was almost too chocolatey for me. Could I use a 50-60% dark chocolate instead? Also do you reckon I could use half butter and half oil to get a more springy finish?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      I always recommend using the 70% cocoa content personally, but you could always use a lighter cocoa powder (the risk with the lower percentage is how it bakes) and I’m afraid I have only ever made this with the butter x

  54. Louise on November 18, 2020 at 8:26 am

    5 stars
    I gave up making chocolate cakes some time ago because I was fed up that they were always too dry. After being pestered by my cake loving nephew I gave this recipe a try. All I can say is wow! It’s very simple to make and the final result was AMAZING. Th moistest, most tastiest chocolate cake recipe I’ve every followed. My partner, and ex-chef, said “this is the best cake I’ve ever eaten.” So that I you Jane for restoring my faith in chocolate cakes.

  55. Charlotte Johnson on November 17, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    One of the best of Jane’s recipe in my opinion! The frosting is so smooth and chocolatey, it was a hit with every in the family!

  56. Mia on November 9, 2020 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    Made this today and honestly it was the yummiest thing I’ve ever tasted!! Your recipes are fool proof babe I can’t thank you enough for this yummy recipe.

    • Bernadette watts on February 5, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      5 stars
      OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! this cake is amazing!!!! Wonderfully moist and fudge and the icing is out of this world!!!!! My cake was a bit crusty on top (maybe I had the oven too high) but the fudge icing made it forgivable!
      Will be making this again for sure!

  57. Maria on November 4, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Hi! Can I use self raising flour instead? And if yes what I have to change ? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 5, 2020 at 9:40 am

      The raising agents are slightly different in this cake (so the texture will be different if you use self raising – it would probably also over flow the tin so ideally you would still use plain! x

  58. Rob on October 27, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Struggled with this one Jane, it didn’t rise at all in the middle….did it twice today with same result. ??
    Any ideas why ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 30, 2020 at 9:42 am

      This can happen if the oven door is opened too early – it will cause it to completely collapse on itself. Or, the raising agents weren’t measured correctly, or it was over mixed! x

  59. RB on October 27, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Jane
    Instead of using dark chocolate any chance I can use cocoa powder instead?….if yes, what is the quantity of the cocoa powder i need to use and any changes i need to make?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 27, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Unfortunately not for this – you need the dark chocolate in the base recipe x

  60. Sarah Dyer on October 1, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Hi Jane, I’m going to try this lovely recipe at the weekend but only have oat milk, coconut milk or lactose free. Would that work for the buttermilk?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      I’m afraid I have only made homemade buttermilk using whole milk (which is typically what you should do) – I’ve read that soya milk is the best alternative if using dairy free, but I assume it work the same with the others as long as they are full-fat x

  61. Screenname 1994 on September 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’m so excited to make this cake but I have one question.

    How come adding the coffee water mixture to the melted chocolate will not ruin the melted chocolate i.e. why won’t it seize up? Or is it because it’s is being added after the chocolate is melted?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

      The chocolate is mixed with butter, and the amount of water is quite considerable – you can even make chocolate sauce with just chocolate and water. Water is dangerous for chocolate in small amounts (even one drop of water can ruin chocolate) but like this there are absolutely no issues!

  62. yvonne mellett on September 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

    5 stars
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Could it be made in two 1lb tins for those with eating restrictions?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 16, 2020 at 8:47 am

      I’m not sure what you mean by eating restrictions? But it can be – does reduce baking time but I am unsure how long. x

  63. Emma on September 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm


    If i have left over mixture and make cupcakes, how long do the cupcakes need to be in the oven? The same amount of time or less?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      The cupcakes will take about 20-22 minutes! x

  64. Lucy Barr on August 30, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious cake! Day 2 microwaved for 40secs and served with ice cream. Oh yes! Another 5 star recipe.

  65. Hannah on August 25, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    5 stars
    Hiya, I bake using your recipes every week and they are such a hit! But I can’t seem to get the frosting thick and sturdy, it’s always runny. Any tips? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 25, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      It is a softer frosting – but what butter are you using? It needs to be a block butter and no spread of any sort x

  66. yvonne atkinson on August 23, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    hi jayne i have made your choc fudge loaf twice and twice it has sunk in the middle i have followed the recipe as you say to and still sunk a little but tastes amazing any idea why this is happening cooked it for 1 hour 10 min

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Did you make any ingredient swaps? Such as dark for milk chocolate etc? And how did you mix it? Jane

  67. Andrea on August 19, 2020 at 5:12 am

    What are the measurements of a 2 LB loaf tin? I’m in Australia and recipes usually stipulate the length and width (or diameter) of the tins required

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 19, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Typically ours do too, just not loaf tins or bundt tins – the one I use is linked on the post, which I believe has the exact measurements on!

  68. Em on August 17, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Hey Jane! This looks like such a delicious and amazing recipe. Was wondering though, does this taste the same as your chocolate traybake? As fancy making a traybake version as my old 2lb tin is too small and waiting for the one you use to come in the post. Or are they still slightly different? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 17, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      Hey! Yes its the same sponge style, just slightly different measurements is all to fit the tins! xx

  69. Emma Mcintosh on August 17, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Jane,
    50 minutes into cooking I notice my mix is leaking out over the tray quite badly. I use the same size tray as you, any ideas? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 17, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Hiya – so as mentioned on the post, 2lb loaf tins can vary in sizing, so it probably just means that even though yours is called it, it wasn’t the same size as mine. Sorry! x

  70. Priya on August 15, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Jane
    Mines currently in the over (45 min in) and still quite wobbly so will check in 10-15.
    Also, I must have put too much of the mixture in as it’s over spilled 😭 I didn’t see the part where you put in the write up about filling 3/4 way. I’m annoyed with myself as was going to stop then thought…nope, the recipe/method doesn’t state this so pour it all in! 🤦🏽‍♀️
    I hope it still turns out ok 😔
    Keep your fingers crossed for me x

    • Emma on August 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Was just about to post that mines been in an hour and still wet inside, and no where near cooked. Not sure what’s gone wrong.
      Did yours fix itself?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 15, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Yes it did for her! As long as you used the correct ingredients and didn’t over mix, it can just sometimes take longer – cover with foil and continue to bake x

    • Priya on August 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      Ok! It came out fine and tastes INCREDIBLE!!!! Thank you 😊

    • Neha on October 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Hello …the recipe looks awesome …want to really try …what is evaporated milk ..I doubt I can get that here …if not what else can I use instead it can I make that at home

  71. Amanda on August 14, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Hi – could I swap for GF plain flour?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      I haven’t tried it – but I think with some xantham gum to help bind the mixture it should be okay!

  72. Amy on August 10, 2020 at 6:41 am

    This recipe looks awesome – can’t wait to try it! In the commentary above the recipe you suggest using strawberries in the decoration – these are featured in the recipe or on the photos, is that correct? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Sorry that was my mistake, it’s just meant as an example of something you can use!

  73. Lisa on August 9, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    75 ml of milk and a tblsp of lemon juice? I thought it was more like 1 tblsp for every 240 ml. Are you sure?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

      I’ve done it with 1tbsp and it’s fine, but you can do less if you prefer..

  74. Meme on August 9, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I read that’s you mentioned extra batter can be used for cupcakes, but if I’m looking for really fudge-y chocolate cupcakes, would you recommend this recipe? Not looking for light and airy chocolate cupcakes which most cupcake recipes I’ve tried have been. I want something rich.

    Thank you !

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 9, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Have a look at the chocolate fudge cupcake recipe on my blog x

  75. Marjan on August 9, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Hi Jane, love your amazing life work! Please would you be able to come up with a chocolate cake recipe that uses oil instead of butter? (As oil gives a more soft, moist and bubbly texture and beautiful shine). I’ve seen so many recipes that use oil however when ever I make it (always 85g Cocoa recipes I’ve used I’m just not getting that really rich chocolatey taste and I would like to add more cocoa but I’m worried about it perhaps drying the cake

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      This one really is the best recipe, but it does still use butter – I’d recommend trying it!

  76. Amy on August 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Jane. To make the butter milk, is it ok to use malt vinegar instead of lemon juice? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Yes that should be okay – generally I just prefer the lemon method!

  77. Jess on August 8, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Would I need to change anything if I wanted to use espresso instead of instant coffee? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      Ideally you want the same volume of liquid, so I would use at least two shots of espresso (it depends what style you have!) x

  78. Sarah on August 8, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Hi does it have to be dark chocolate? Or if I use dark chocolate does it taste very dark chocolaty if you get what I mean lol

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Yes, it MUST be dark chocolate. You need the cocoa content to get the correct results.. it doesn’t taste ‘dark’ x

  79. Daneka on August 8, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve just put mine in the oven! Can’t wait to try it later. Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  80. Ciaran on August 8, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Hi Jane! I hope you’re well!
    My cake mixture seemed quite runny when I put it into the oven. Is this ok? Thanks! 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Hey! Yes it is meant to be! X

    • Ciaran on August 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much Jane! I just finished making it. You weren’t wrong when you said it’s the best chocolate frosting ever! I have posted my picture on Instagram and tagged you. Thank you so much!

  81. Zoe on August 8, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Hi, what are the chocolate balls on top of the cake?

  82. Susan M on August 8, 2020 at 9:43 am

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it, have just done the Sticky Toffee Loaf and loved it.

  83. Julie Heller on August 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    I’ve done the cupcakes and the large cake absolutely delicious so moist , it’s my families favourite!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Ahh yay! It’s just the best chocolate cake isn’t it!!

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