I forget how I came across this chocolate cake-themed blog post on Velvet Lava, which reviews a Nigella Lawson recipe for Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake. Velvet Lava renames the cake The Hot Mess, which I prefer. I’m not a huge baker, but I’ve made it three or four times now. It’s just so easy to make: you just blend up the batter in a food processor and bake it in a loaf pan. It’s not particularly elegant; as Velvet Lava writes:
I think it’s the ugliest fekkin’ cake I ever made. It’s a heinous slab.
But that’s just so Nigella. It’s a glorious loaf of delicious, messy, chocolateness. It ain’t pretty, it isn’t graceful to eat, it’s not easy to serve right away – it’s just one HOT MESS. Remind you of anyone?
‘Heinous slab’ is a little extreme. I think this loaf cake is kind of pretty, in a rustic sort of way. But whatever you think it looks like, it’s sooo good.
My only modifications to this recipe are a longer baking time (it’s usually still gooey in the middle even after an hour) and the omission of the final chocolate syrup step. I don’t like things to get too soggy. Plus, when I pull this cake out of the oven, I just want to cut myself a slice as soon as possible.