Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is good with coffee or a big glass of milk. It is from a Woman's Day feature of lighter coffee cakes although I don't think of this as a coffee cake. Be careful not to overbake or it will be dry.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg white
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons rum extract
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken up
- confectioners' sugar, for garnish
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F; coat an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and flour lightly.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Whisk buttermilk, eggs, egg white, oil and extracts in medium bowl; stir into flour mixture just until blended.
- Melt chocolate in microwave on high about 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds; stir in 1 1/3 cups batter.
- Working quickly (chocolate batter will become firm and hard to swirl if you let it stand too long), pour some of the white batter over bottom of pan, then dollop with chocolate batter.
- Fill pan by alternating dollops of white and chocolate batter.
- Pull knife through batter to swirl.
- Bake 1 hour or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Remove from pan; put cake right side up on rack to cool.
- Dust with confectioners' sugar.
I'm going to call this a loaf cake and it's marvelous. I used 1/4 cup of sugar a slightly rounded 2/3 cup of Splenda, made sour milk with vinegar and skim milk, used 1 tsp each of vanilla and rum and all 4 ounces of top quality bittersweet. Mine was baked in a glass pan @ 325 for 45 mins and came out perfectly. I can't wait to have a slice with my morning coffee. Thanks Lainey for a real treat. :D
This was a really good bread! We usually don't like things too sweet, so I regularly cut the sugar back 25% in recipes, so did that here. I also used 3 instead of 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, in an effort to lighten this up a little more -- and it was still quite chocolate-y. I baked this in a convection oven. Normally the conversion would be 55 minutes, but I checked it at 45 minutes and it was done. Maybe I should have checked it earlier, as the final product was a tiny bit on the dry side (but still quite good). I used powdered sugar instead of flour to coat the pan and it popped out very easily. If you cut this into one inch slices, it makes 8 servings.