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Persimmon Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Enjoy this deeply rich, chocolatey loaf cake with persimmons topped with chocolate ganache, persimmons, and pistachios. The Persimmon Chocolate Loaf Cake is not too sweet but satiates every single craving.

Persimmon is one of my absolute favorite fruits! It’s 100% underrated even though they’re so deliciously sweet. They’re also really fun to experiment with in the kitchen!! They can be roasted, added to salads and salsas, or made into ice cream.

PERSIMMONS

When fall and winter rolls around, the Garg household is guilty of buying POUNDS of persimmons! They’re so addicting. I believe my mother once described them as jewel fruits. Persimmons are in season between September and December, making them a gorgeous colorful addition to fall and winter treats.

I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever tried anything other than fuyu persimmon, which is what I use for this recipe. They look like a tomato but their skin is a firmer and pumpkin orange in color. It’s crisp on the outside but can easily be bitten into. Other varieties include cinnamon persimmons, hachiya persimmons, and sweet pumpkin persimmons. Any of these varieties will be acceptable to make this recipe, although a ripened hachiya is generally better for baking and is sweeter. An unripe hachiya persimmon is extremely astringent so 10/10 avoid using it if it’s unripened.

DUTCH-PROCESS COCOA POWDER

Dutch-process cocoa powder and unsweetened cocoa powder is not the same thing! In simple terms, Dutch-process cocoa powder is alkalized, meaning it has been neutralized of its acidity.

Baking soda requires an acidic ingredient to react with to work as a leavening agent. Because Dutch-process cocoa is neutral, this recipe requires baking powder! If you substitute with natural cocoa powder, use the same amount but swap out 1 tsp of baking powder for 1 tsp of baking soda. The recipe may not taste the same, but will still be just as delicious! In general, always check the leavening in the recipe before making substitutions otherwise the chemical reaction won’t be as expected and can result in soapy or deflated baked goods.

Dutch-process cocoa powder is much darker in color (this is how Oreos are so dark!) and not as concentrated as natural cocoa powder. It’s less acidic and less bitter. The dutched cocoa gives it a deep chocolate flavor in addition to the espresso powder which accentuates it. It’s perfect for a loaf cake!

LOAF CAKE

Loaf cakes generally refer to cakes baked in a loaf pan. They are denser versions of cakes and a wonderful dessert to share with family. They’re rich, soft, and moist and so easy to make! You’ve probably seen a ton of versions of loaf cake, such as banana bread loafs. They’re incredibly similar in texture and density as pound cake.

It’s far too easy to have an end product that is incredibly dry with a loaf cake. My #1 recommendation to prevent this is to ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature, so keep this in mind before you begin to bake.

HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE

I wanted to include general instructions on how to make a chocolate loaf cake! The recipe card specifically instructs you on how to stir in persimmons, but this recipe can be used with any fruit or without any at all.

All ingredients should be at room temperature for a moist cake. Spoon measure and level all of your ingredients to begin.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5 nonstick loaf pan with parchment paper so that excess paper is hanging off the side to allow for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients – all purpose flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. If you’re including fruit, take a second to prep it here. Remove any skin, deseed the fruit, and finely dice it. Take 2 tablespoons of the dry ingredients and toss it with the fruits. This prevents it from sinking to the bottom.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time, beating well after addition. Pour in the vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined. At this point, add in about a third of the dry ingredients and combine, and then a third of the milk and stir. Continue adding the dry and milk in thirds and mix just until it comes together. Gently fold in any mix ins. The batter will be thick, almost like a pound cake.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and tap it against a hard surface a few times. If you plan on including any crumbles or chocolate chunks, sprinkle them on top of the loaf at this point. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes on the middle rack. If you’re topping with chocolate ganache, make it while the loaf is baking.
  6. The cake is done if you touch it and it springs back and you insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean. Allow the cake to set in the pan for 15 minutes, and then use the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan and cool completely on a rack.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Chocolate ganache is my favorite part of any dessert! It’s easier than most people think and requires only two ingredients, heavy cream and dark chocolate, in equal amounts. Some people add butter and vanilla extract as well. The darker the chocolate, the richer the ganache will be! I recommend using a high quality chocolate that is around 70% for the best results.

Heat the heavy cream. Bring heavy cream to a slow boil in a small pot. Remove it from heat just as it beings to boil.

Melt the chocolate. Put about 4/5 of the chocolate into a heat safe bowl. Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate and stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted. Add in the rest of the chocolate and stir until you have a smooth, shiny chocolate.

Decorate your baked good. You can pour the chocolate ganache over your baked good to allow for a hard encasing of ganache. You can also allow it to cool and set so that it thickens. At this point it can be whipped or simply piped for frosting!

HOW TO STORE A CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE

Keep it in the loaf pan it was baked in. Cover it with aluminum foil or tightly wrapped plastic wrap in the fridge. You can also freeze the chocolate loaf cake without the ganache and pistachios. Allow it to unthaw at room temperature.

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Persimmon Chocolate Loaf Cake

Persimmon season is the best season! This scrumptious Persimmon Chocolate Loaf Cake recipe takes just 15 minutes to throw together and satiates all chocolate cravings. This chocolate cake has sweet persimmons mixed in and is topped with a luscious, rich dark chocolate ganache. It's simple and beautiful to serve for any occasion.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12 slices
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
CALORIES 402kcal
Keyword chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, fall recipes, loaf cake, persimmons

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Ganache

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5 nonstick loaf pan with parchment paper so that excess paper is hanging off the side to allow for easy removal.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  • Peel the skin off of one ripened fuyu persimmon and dice it, it should be about 1 cup. Take 2 tablespoons of the dry ingredients and toss it with the diced persimmons.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time, beating well after addition. Pour the vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined. At this point, add in about a third of the dry ingredients and combine, and then a third of the milk and stir. Continue adding the dry and milk in thirds and mix just until combined. Gently fold in the coated diced persimmons.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and tap it against a hard surface a few times. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes, or until inserting a toothpick into the center comes out clean. While the loaf bakes, make the chocolate ganache. Allow the loaf to set in the pan for 15 minutes. Gently lift the loaf out of the pan and leave it to cool on a rack.

Chocolate Ganache

  • In a small pot, bring the heavy cream to boil and remove it from heat just as it does.
  • Add the chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and gently stir to combine until all the chocolate has melted. The chocolate should be completely smooth and emulsified with the heavy cream.
  • Allow the ganache to cool and set for a minimum of an hour. When the loaf cake is ready to frost, whip the ganache until it's a thick and fluffy frosting. Spread it on the top of the fully cooled loaf cake.
  • Thinly slice a persimmon and crush a few pistachios to decorate the ganache.

Notes

  • Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature before making this recipe.
  • A carbon steel 9″ x 5″ nonstick loaf pan was used to test this recipe. The type of loaf pan used may affect bake times, so look for the specified cues to ensure the cake loaf is done baking. 
  • Dutch process cocoa powder isn’t acidic, so it requires baking powder. If subbing the dutch process for regular cocoa powder, use the same amount but swap out the baking powder for 1 tsp of baking soda.

NUTRITION

Nutrition Facts
Persimmon Chocolate Loaf Cake
Serving Size
 
12 slices
Amount per Serving
Calories
402
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Cholesterol
 
66
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
157
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
328
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
57
g
19
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
452
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
22
mg
27
%
Calcium
 
102
mg
10
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

  1. Made this for my family and we loved it so much, it was done in no time!! I should have given more time to let the ganache set and the cake to cool because it melted a bit but overall a beautiful, moist cake!

  2. so it’s taken me MONTHS to write this review while it took me minutes to devour this loaf cake.
    a beautifully rich, deep chocolate flavored fluffy loaf with the hint of permission bits inside, i mean…..to die for.
    and the creamy smooth addition of the ganache on top with thinly sliced persimmon. actually drooling.
    excuse me while i make this again.

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