Chocolate Loaf Cake With Easy Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate loaf cake

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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
367 Calories
15g Fat
54g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 367
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 95mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chocolate loaf cake is the perfect size for a family dessert, and it is easy to prepare and bake. The cake and the simple chocolate glaze are both made with cocoa powder. 

Serve the cake with a scoop of ice cream for an incredibly delicious dessert.


  • For the Chocolate Loaf Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup/4 ounces butter (softened)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups/5 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • For Chocolate Glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dessert is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Chocolate Loaf Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for loaf cake
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or spray with a baking spray (with flour in it).

    Grease a loaf pan
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  3. Beat sugar and butter together until well blended.

    Beat sugar and butter
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  4. With the mixer on low speed, add the salt, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa. Mix until blended.

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  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

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  6. Add about one-third of the flour and half of the milk and mix on low speed until blended.

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  7. Add another one-third of the flour and the remaining milk and mix until well blended.

  8. Add the remaining flour and mix until blended. Do not over-beat.

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  9. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. 

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  10. Bake for about 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  11. Remove to a rack to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

    Remove and cool
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  12. Carefully remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

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  13. Glaze the cake with the chocolate glaze (directions below) or frost as desired.

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  14. Serve and enjoy!

Make the Chocolate Glaze

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and set aside.

    Sift sugar
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  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.

    Melt butter in saucepan
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  4. Whisk in the cocoa powder and milk and continue cooking and stirring until thickened.

    Whisk in cocoa powder and milk
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  5. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and whisk in the confectioners' sugar. Thin with more milk, if needed, or add more confectioners' sugar if a thicker icing is desired.

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  6. Spread or drizzle the warm glaze over the cooled cake.

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  7. Slice, serve, and enjoy!


  • Once the glaze is firm, cover the cake with foil or plastic wrap. Store leftovers at room temperature for up to 3 to 4 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  • The unfrosted cake may be wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months.