Chocolate marmelade/jam cake

I had to google my blog several times because I was sure I had posted this recipe before.  I mean, really, it’s a staple in our household.  Fantastic warm from the oven.  Cold with cream or ice-cream.  Or reheated a week later – if there are leftovers – and eaten with custard.  Yum!  But apparently I never got round to sharing the recipe, so voilà!

A tiny last slice for little old moi! 🙂

It’s another (fantastic) recipe from (fantastic) Nigella Lawson.  From her Domestic Goddess book.  Which is fantastic.  (As are all of her cookery books…)  You can use any type of marmelade or jam.  I made the cake a couple of weeks ago when I was decluttering my cupboards as part of the Super Fling Boogie – because I discovered a glut of three jars of orange marmelade, just waiting to be used 🙂

Two’s company, three means it’s time to bake a cake! 😉

You’ll need:

  • 125g butter
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 300g orange marmelade, apricot, plum or cherry jam
  • 150g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g plain flour or self-raising flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder (if you aren’t using self-raising flour)

Melt the butter and chocolate in a large pan over a very low heat.  Remove the pan from the heat when the butter is melted – then keep stirring until the chocolate has melted.

Add the sugar and marmelade and mix well.

This will bring down the temperature of the mix and then you can add the eggs.  Then the flour, baking powder and salt.  Giving it a good mix til it’s nice and smooth.

Pour into a tin lined with paper (for easy removal and clean-up).  The original recipe calls for a 20cm tin (8″) but I always use my Ikea one which is 22cm (9″).


Pop into a preheated oven at 180c or 350f.  You’ll be baking it for about 45 minutes, but start checking the middle of the cake after about 35 mins with a knitting needle or skewer.  You want it just set, not overcooked.

Leave it to cool then enjoy in small slices.  It doesn’t really need any embellishment or icing – but I sometimes dust it with a bit of icing sugar, edible silver or glitter, or drizzle on some ganache.  Got visitors coming?  Add a bowl of whipped cream/crème fraîche and some fresh fruit or fruit salad.  Sorted!  🙂

Bon appétit!

Have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂