Spicy Chocolate Slice

Moistly Delicious

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_0593Today was the warmest day we’ve had this year (7°C, 44F). I saw quite a number of people walking around in tee shirts. I took a nice long windy walk and was sweating profusely. How goes the weather wherever you are? I am still trying to clear my backlogged posts…oops! I baked this cake last year and we really enjoyed eating it. It’s very moist and pleasant to the palate. One of the best chocolate cakes I’ve tasted in years.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_0599I used Dutch process cocoa powder for this recipe because it gives the cake a much darker colour. Please note that Dutch cocoa can only be used in recipes that call for baking powder as a raising agent because it has a pH of 7 or 8 as opposed to the natural cocoa powder, which is slightly acidic (pH 5.5). The cake can be served for tea but it can also be served for dessert with some whipped fresh cream, custard or ice cream. I wish you a happy baking and tasting.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_0642Please click on to the recipe…

  • Ingredients
  • 150g (1¼ cup, 5½oz) self-raising flour
  • 30g (¼ cup, 1oz) cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 125g (1 stick + 1 tablespoon, 4½oz)  butter
  • 280g (1¼ cups, 10oz) brown sugar fully packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml (1 cup, 8.5fl oz) cream (I used 10% cream)
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners (icing) sugar

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8329_3Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8333Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and line 9 inch (23cm) square slab pan with parchment (greaseproof paper). Sift the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8336Beat butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8338until light and flurry. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beat until combined.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8340The batter after beating in all the eggs

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8343Fold in sifted flour and cream in two batches,

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8345stir until smooth.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8349Spoon mixture into prepared pan, baked for about 1-1¼ hours or until firm. I baked the cake at 325°F (160°C) for 55 minutes.

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8351Stand 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool. Cut into nine slices, and serve dusted with sifted confectioners (icing) sugar

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_0609This slice tasted extremely nice

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8391I would make it again and again and again…

Spicy Chocolate Slice myfavouritepastime.com_8422Happy Baking to YOU!

Spicy Chocolate Slice

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Baking time: 1-1¼ hours Serves: 9-12 slices

Ingredients

  • 150g (1¼ cup, 5½oz) self-raising flour
  • 30g (¼ cup, 1oz) cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 125g (1 stick + 1 tablespoon, 4½oz)  butter
  • 280g (1¼ cups, 10oz) brown sugar fully packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml (1 cup, 8.5fl oz) cream (I used 10% cream)
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners (icing) sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and line 9 inch (23cm) square slab pan with parchment (greaseproof paper). Sift the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and flurry. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beat until combined.
  3. Fold in sifted flour and cream in two batches, stir until smooth. Spoon mixture into prepared pan, bake for about 1-1¼ hours or until firm. Stand 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool. Serve dusted with sifted confectioners (icing) suga
  4. **I weigh the flour and butter, I do not use cup measures as the weight of a cup of flour tends to vary based on individual interpretation, size of cup or publication, (from 125g to 130g to 155g per cup).
  5. Cup measures based on assumption that 1 cup = 125g flour so that would be the US cup of 240ml, not the Australian Cup. If

Points to Note 

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 325°F (160°C) for 55 minutes.
  • I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour first then scoop. My best advice: please use a weighing scale.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

51 thoughts

  1. Made this cake last night (was going to make the apple & cinnamon recipe but didn’t have any sour cream!) and it is a huge success. Very moist, loved the spices (though I may try it with mixed spice rather than ginger next time I make it) and it tastes even better the day after. Think it would make an excellent pudding too. Definitely one I will be making again.

    1. I am so glad you made the cake and even more glad that it was a huge success for you. I totally agree with you. There are some cakes that usually taste better the day after. I don’t know why. I experienced the same thing with this and many other cakes. I am so happy that I inspired you to bake. I wish you a fantastic week. Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Hi Jesse,
      I envy you. The weather is still a roller coaster here. Maybe after two weeks we might see a more warmer weather. Have a great weekend;
      LIz

  2. I live right by the beach and it’s finally sunny in Seattle (although not especially warm). Got a big kick out of seeing people in shorts, flip flops, and down jackets. Lol. No one ever a accused Seattle of being stylish 😉

    Delicious sounding cake!

    1. Oh how I envy you. Sunny is better than cloudy. That sounds like my little town here…people wear flip flops and anything you can think of to the mall, movies etc. I stopped worrying about style. Have a great weekend.
      Liz

      1. We are having a wet weekend. It finally rained after two months of drought (+volcanic ashes everywhere). The rain cooled everything down, feels so nice!!! 😀
        Have a nice weekend, too, Liz! 😀

        1. Hi Hari,
          I am so glad to hear you had rain and it cooled everything. I know exactly what you mean…rain after a long drought is a great blessing. I hope it continues to rain, as usual. Enjoy what remains of your weekend!
          Liz

    1. Hi Lignum,
      Ha ha I’ve missed the Simpson’s, sometimes life gets so busy. Simpson drooling is sure something. Have a great weekend!
      Liz

  3. This looks fantastic! I love the sweet + spicy. I imagine cocoa alongside ginger and nutmeg is simply divine. Beautiful presentation, too! 🙂

  4. This looks perfect. I love chocolate cake with cinnamon and other spices. Something about the simplicity makes my mouth water. Fresh whipped cream and I am good to go!

    1. Mama D,
      Thank you. Simply the best…do you remember that song? I have eaten so much fresh whipped cream in the last week…I’m horrified…have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

        1. I have had some whipped cream in my fridge, every single day this week. Next week I’ll take a break. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend!
          Liz

  5. Gorgeous cake!! I love the combination of spices with the chocolate… A perfect cake for a day like we are about to have today! I’m in Niagara Falls, NY… And we are preparing for a blizzard today. We went from 50F yesterday with the temperature dropping to zero… High winds and expecting up to 18″ of snow!!
    I just might bake this cake today… For comfort.. For warmth from the oven… For a special treat to try to get over these winter doldrums!!
    Lovely recipe.. 🙂

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for complimenting. I hope you survived the blizzard. We did. The roads were terrible. I just stayed indoors the whole day. I wish you a happy baking if you decide to bake the cake. I have certainly treated myself to so many goodies but I have added pounds…have a great weekend.
      Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Omg 20 inches of snow is something. We probably had 15 inches It was heavy and lumpy too. Oh boy I hope this is the last bout this year. Have a pleasant weekend!
      Liz

  6. My cousin is a real chocolate fan, if I show her this recipe we are probably going to be making it! Adding the spices is something I would not think to do with a chocolate cake! Excellent idea Liz! I’m glad to hear the weather is getting better. I do sometimes feel guilt at escaping it this winter, but only for a moment. Grin….our temperature here remains about a steady 27 C. Tomorrow we are going back to Hilo to the Farmers Market. I just love looking at all the different fruits and vegetable and flowers and other ‘stuff’! I love how warm and inviting your food photos are! I can almost smell the heavenly scent….happy Wednesday Liz!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Oh how I love markets with fresh veggies, fruits and flowers and people dressed in a wide array of colours. I truly admire your your escape…27 C wow not too hot, not too cold, just right. The chocolate cake tasted absolutely delicious. We gobbled it all up in hours. I am frantically trying to post my backlogs. I don’t seem to be making much progress. The list is long…and the check off is snail pace slow.. I hope I’ll get there, sometime. Have a lovely weekend, Sandy. Best wishes to your family and friends!
      Liz

    1. Hi Aruna,
      Belated New Year Greetings after such a long spell of silence. Spice and chocolate is a great combination. Thanks for visiting! I wish you a great weekend!
      Liz

  7. I’ve never tried chocolate and spices like this; I need to sort that out and soon. That cake looks indecently gorgeous, Liz!!!
    What I still don’t quite get is the picture of all that walking around in tee shirts at 44F!!!! I’d be freezing brrrrrr hahaha…
    Xxx

    1. Ha ha I share the same sentiments. I would never swagger around in a tee-shirt at 44F. I had my snuggly hoodie on.Thanks for complimenting the cake. You’re a great baker and so that means a lot. Have a great weekend!
      Liz

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