Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake

I received another tasty Degustabox at the end of July and have been enjoying it's contents in the ensuing weeks.  You can see evidence of that in the lovely Lemon and Chocolate Chip Cake I baked with the bar of Green & Black's Lemon Bar a bit later on but first I want to tell you all about what I got in the July Box.

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 I do enjoy these boxes when they arrive each month.   It's like getting a Christmas package because you never know what is going to be in it until it arrives.  It's quite exciting really! Once a month, each month Degustabox will deliver to your home 10 to 15 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service.  A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.   

This month I chose to bake a Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake from the box.

Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake

A deliciously moist loaf cake . . . with a buttery moist batter, enriched with the light tang of plain yogurt and the subtle flavour of fresh lemon zest . . . and studded lucious little bits of creamy dark lemon flavoured chocolate . . .  what's not to like?

Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake 

*Lemon Chocolate Chunk Cake*
Makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf cake
Printable Recipe

Wrapped well in foil, and stored in a cool place, this delicious cake keeps for about 3 weeks, not that I've ever had it around that long.

4 ounces butter, room temperature (1/2 cup)
7 ounces caster sugar (1 cup fine granulated)
3 large free range eggs
the finely grated zest of one unwaxed lemon
8 1/2 ounces flour (2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
250ml of plain yoghurt (1 cup)
100g bar of Green and Blacks Lemon Chocolate, chopped into bits (1 cup)
2.25 ounces chopped toasted walnuts (1/2 cup) (Optional)

3 1/2 ounces caster sugar
the juice of 1/2 lemon

Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 5. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin. Line with baking paper, leaving an overhang for ease of removal. Butter again. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the flour into a bowl. Remove 2 TBS and add to the chocolate chips and nuts if using. Whisk the remaining flour together with the lemon zest, soda, baking powder and salt. Add at once to the creamed mixture along with the yoghurt. Beat on high speed for several minutes. Fold in the chocolate and nut mixture. Spread into the prepared pan, leveling the top with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes while you make the topping.

Place all the topping ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour this slowly over the hot cake, allowing it to soak in. Lift out and allow to cool completely before cutting into slices to serve.

Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. It was truly lovely, with lots to enjoy!


  1. Hi Marie - this looks fabulous as always. I am sorry it is so long since I have commented, I have not been blogging for a few months but I am trying to get back to it now. I hope all is good with you. Best Wishes x

  2. How amazing and fun stuff Marie!
    Dr Oetker's things we can find here but not all but I love their products!
    The cake look amazing:)

  3. You MUST love those boxes..
    You love cooking..baking experimenting..
    there are similar boxes in France ..I have seen Bloggers write about them.
    The cake looks scrummy to coin a word:)
    The violet crystals are dear.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful subscription! Very tasty! I don't think the chocolate bar would have lasted long enough around here to make it into a loaf, though.:)

  5. Hi Twilight Chef, so good to see a post from you! I hope you are well!

    Gloria, I love the Dr Oetker products. They are all pretty special!

    I do love the boxes Monique. I wonder why someone in Canada has not thought about the same thing?

    Nellie, it took a LOT of self control! haha

  6. Dear Marie,

    After reading so much about this wonderful degustabox I think I have decided to try it out for myself!

    I was wondering, since you do so much hard work on their behalf if they had a referral scheme in which you could get some reward for enticing me to sign up?

  7. I don't shen, but I do have a code you can use when registering to get £3 off your subscription. It is PGTB3

  8. This means your first box will be only £9.99

  9. Thank you marie!

    I have now signed up and should be receiving my first degustabox soon! yay!

    It's like waiting for Christmas! except instead of toys you get yummy food! which is even better in my book...!

  10. You are welcome Shen! And you are right. It IS just like Christmas. Except it's better. At least for a foodie that is! xx


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