Dense Chocolate Devil Cake

This cake is gorgeously dark, dense, aromatic and sinfully delicious. Which is why I renamed it ‘Dense Chocolate Devil Cake’. I baked this cake for my mumma’s birthday and everyone simply fell in love with it.
It turns out even better if you invest in a good quality 70-80% dark chocolate.

I’ve borrowed this recipe from Nigella Lawson, “The Domestic Goddess” and my culinary Guru.
This cake is sure to make you go bonkers. But you have to try it to believe it.

Dark chocolate loaf cake
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins


225 g soft unsalted butter
375 g dark muscovado sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100 g best dark chocolate, melted
200 g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas5. Grease and line a 23x13x7cm cm (9x5x3in) loaf tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating in well.
  3. Next fold in the melted and cooled chocolate, taking care to blend well but do not overbeat.
  4. You want the ingredients combined, you don’t want a light airy mass. Gently add the flour, to which you’ve added the bicarb, alternately spoon by spoon, with 250 ml of boiling water until you have a smooth and fairly liquid batter.
  5. Pour into the lined loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 170C/gas mark 3 and cook for another 15 minutes. The cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer won’t come out completely clean.
  6. Place the loaf tin on a rack and leave to get completely cold before turning it out. It improves if left for a day or so before eating. This cake will probably sink in the middle because of its denseness.

P.S. :
I have tweaked the recipe a bit to get my cake just right.

  • I bake in the normal cake tin instead of a loaf tin. Be sure to line the tin well.
  • I substituted 50g of the flour with 50g of cocoa powder for a more chocolatey taste.
  • I also reduced the sugar down to 325g and used half dark, half light muscovado sugar (brown sugar) to lighten the taste.
  • Instead of boiling plain water, I boiled it along with espresso coffee
  • And finally, I got the best results by baking for 50-55 mins at a constant 175c, rather than using the two temps suggested in the original recipe.

Happy baking 🙂



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My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

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Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

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