Choco Butternut Loaf

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Choco Butternut Loaf is an easy little quick cake recipe I threw together recently. This cake recipe is a copycat of one of the flavors from Dunkin Donuts munchkins. You know? the one with the orange crumb-like coating? Anyway, this will surely blow you away with its moist chocolate and yummy butternut coating! A surefire way to impress family and friends!

chocolate butternut loaf sliced
Chocolate Butternut Loaf

This orange-coated cake loaf will make you crave for this childhood classic mini donuts we grew up with.  I remember when my mom would bring home a box of munchkins and this is the first flavor I’d get. But there’s one small problem with munchkins. They’re too small and you always want more! So, voila! Introducing the big sized choco butternut loaf! It won’t keep you hanging and wanting for more!

choco butternut loaf on a plate

Making these incredible loaf cake comes in three stages. First is the chocolate cake and then you do the ganache and lastly the butternut coating. Sounds difficult? It’s not. You don’t even need any special equipment to make it. So let’s get baking and get ready to impress your friends!

You might also want to try our other bread recipes:

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Tips for Choco Butternut Loaf

  • Enjoy this delectable cake as snack or dessert with coffee or your favorite cold drinks.

Choco Butternut Loaf

Making these incredible loaf cake comes in three stages. First is the chocolate cake and then you do the ganache and lastly the butternut coating.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut, chocolate, chocolate cake, loaf
Servings: 2 Loaves
Author: Mia

Ingredients

For Chocolate Cake/Loaf

  • 2 cups sugar
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup dutch cocoa powder not the drinking cocoa powder
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ½ tsp coffee

For Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream

For Butternut Toppings

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut/ ground fine almond powder finer is better
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ cup powder sugar
  • 2 drops orange food coloring
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

Making the chocolate cake/loaf

  • Preheat oven to 190˚C.Prepare and grease loaf pan.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk, and oil the whisk together.
  • In a small bowl mix hot water and coffee and pour in to the batter. Whisk until well incorporated but do not over-mix. NOTE: batter should be runny.
  • Pour in the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes. When done baking, remove from oven and let it cool down before removing from the loaf pan.

Making the chocolate ganache

  • Boil water in a medium size pot, In a stainless bowl (bigger than the pot), pour whipping cream and place the bowl on the pot with boiling water.
  • When the whipping cream starts to simmer, remove from heat and pour in the dark chocolate chips. Let sit for 5 minutes or until dark chocolate is completely melted. When chocolate is melted mix to incorporate. Set aside

Making butternut coat

  • Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl.
    Work the mixture until well combined and all of the coconut and almond powder are colored. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and dry bake for 10 minutes at 140°C. NOTE: Mix halfway to avoid burning the coconut.

Assembly

  • Place the chocolate cake/loaf in a serving dish and spread the ganache evenly on the cake. Coat with the butternut until whole cake is covered. Place in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour. Serve and Enjoy! Bon appetit!

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11 Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for this page. But, can you clarify which one should I use Almond POWDER or FLOUR? These ingredients are both different. From your Ingredients list its Almond Powder but in your procedures its Almond Flour.

    1. Author

      Hi Marie,
      Thank you for visiting our site. I’ve updated the recipe card and Almond powder should be used. Please tell us how it went and don’t forget to rate us! Happy baking!

  2. Hi, can I use cakepop moulder instead of loaf pan? Thanks

    1. Author

      Hi Irene,
      We have not tried it yet with cakepop moulders, but you can divide the ingredients in half to make a small batch and try. Let us know how it went. Thank you

  3. Hi does almond powder is needed? Cause it says in the ingredients desiccated coconut / almond powder
    Can i only use desiccated coconut?

    1. Author

      Hi Jame,
      Almond powder is an optional ingredient. You have an option to mix-in the almond powder and desiccated coconut or just the coconut. Hope this helps! and give us your rating if you enjoyed this recipe. Happy baking!

  4. Tried this recipe of yours chocolate Butternut loaf its very yummy! Not too sweet! The chocolate ganache is perfect for the chocolate cake. Even my family love it! Will bake this again.

  5. I tried baking this recipe exactly as what you posted. I used desicated coconut. It’s perfectly yummy. Not too sweet. The chocolate ganache matched with the chocolate cake. I will definitely bake another one. My family love it!

    1. Author

      Hi Grace,
      Yay! I’m very happy that it turned out well for you! Here’s to much more baking in the future. Cheers!

  6. Hi, what brand of whipping cream did you use?

    1. Author

      Hi Aze,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I used Elle & Vire whipping cream, but you can use other brands that are available where you live.
      All the best!

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