Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Rainy days and chocolate cake...

As the songs says, 'I don't care what the weather man says, if the weather man says its raining, then its another excuse for baking, and that's alright by me' ...okay, so that's not quite the words but you get the idea! The weather here in East Yorkshire has been pretty filthy of late. Even walking the dogs round the block is a waterproof and wellies job. The temperatures dropping, the days are dark and the garden looks like one big compost heap...

But on the bright side, the fires are lit and glowing

the evenings are longer for knitting and crochet (or putting knots in bits of string as BH would refer to it!)

and all the time I would spend in the garden can be put to good use baking cake...

I made this Double Chocolate Loaf Cake at the weekend with the intention of fuelling BH  on the building site this week. The kids loved sprinkling the choc chips and set about scoffing it as soon as it was cool enough to handle. I got the recipe from good food and tweaked it by changing the chocolate chunks to chunks of leftover Toblerone - I know there's no such thing as leftover Toblerone, theres only Toblerone that Mum broke into before Christmas and felt so guilty that she used it up in a cake - there you have it -  confession over, I feel so much better that the truth is out there!

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
3 eggs
140g self raising flour
85g ground almonds
half teaspoon baking powder
100ml milk
4tbsp cocoa
50g plain chocolate or guilt laden Toblerone

chocolate chips for decorating

Heat the oven to 160C and grease and line a 900g baking tin ( I use the Lakeland liners for convenience).
To make the cake batter beat the butter and sugar until fluffy then beat in the eggs, flour, cocoa, baking powder and milk until smooth. Stir in whats left of your Toblerone then scrape into the tin. Bake for 45 -50 mins until risen and ready.

Then devour and ignore the fact its still raining outside!


  1. Ha ha - is that what to do if you are caught with a half eaten bar of chocolate - I'm just using it to bake a cake! Hee hee. Must try that.

  2. As somebody who is so alergic o chocolate - I KNOW my opinion is in the minority as people will just not understand! Only this week I had a moment - a very long, sad moment involving chocolate I simply did not realise was there! lol! Sad I know yet so so true.


  3. Looks yummy - glad I'm not the only one seeking refuge from foul weather in baking!

  4. Sounds delicious. Your crochet looks wonderful too. I remember being shown how to crochet by my grandma when I was little, but I can't remember how to do it now.

  5. nice cake... wouldn't last long here either!... and so bitterly cold here too!

  6. Wonderful fire guard! Can't stand chocolate or cake (not much of a girl) but the cake did look nice!

  7. Yep, that's what winters are for; hunkering down in front of a nice warm fire, working on the craft projects and munching comforting foods. My excuse is that we need the extra calories to keep us warm. x

  8. Toblerone chocolate cake is now on my list - great idea. Your crochet quilt has just reminded me of a knitted quilt I started years ago and is hiding away in a bag somewhere in my mother's house half finished - aghhh!


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