Quatre épices spiced chocolate & coffee cake

Spiced chocolate & coffee cake with honey & quatre épices
Inspired by the festive season my chocolate & coffee cake with honey is spiced with quatre épices. A popular spice blend (literally translated as four spices) here in France consisting of ginger, cloves, pepper & nutmeg. Often used in savoury dishes such as rillettes & pâtés it works well in sweet recipes too where you want a unique spiciness. 

A dark, sticky spiced cake perfect as a festive dessert or even as an alternative from the Christmas cake or Christmas pudding for those of you who are not fans of dried fruit that is so popular at this time of year.  

This cake is great served warm with vanilla ice cream or even with a rum or brandy flavoured cream. Happy festive baking! I hope you enjoy. Let me know what your favourite festive bakes and makes are in the comments below.  

This recipe is adapted from this fabulous treacle ginger chocolate cake by Ruby Tandoh. 

preparation time:  10-15 minutes

cooking time:  45 minutes

150g plain flour
200g sugar
40g cocoa powder
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
125g butter
180ml strong black coffee (or water if you don't like coffee)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) 
3 tbs honey
2 tsp quatre épices 
pinch of salt  

  1. Grease & line a deep 20cm cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4
  2. Melt the butter, honey & coffee together in a saucepan over a low heat
  3. In a separate bowl sieve the dry ingredients together
  4. Add the beaten eggs to the melted mixture 
  5. Gradually fold this into the dry mixture until fully incorporated
  6. Pour into your prepared cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.  
  7. Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before removing the cake carefully from the tin and cooling on a wire rack.  

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  1. This sounds and looks delicious! I haven't seen quatre epices here in the US, but I love all four of those spices and will try to make my own blend. Visiting from Friendship Fridays :)

    1. I hope you give it a go Joy - let me know how it turns out. Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

  2. This sounds utterly delicious. I love that heady mixture of spices that just spells out festive season in any baking. This sounds like it would make a super Christmas dessert too. Thanks for linking with #festivefoodfriday. Hope to see you next week, for more festive bakes and makes!

    1. thank you so much - sorry it took so long to reply - it must have missed me somehow.


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