Aromatic Chocolate Cake

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
Josceline Dimbleby’s Complete Cookbook

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1997

  • About

The smell of spices as you cut into this intense, squidgy cake is, to me, incredibly exciting. The cake is better if made at least a day in advance, it uses breadcrumbs instead of flour, which give it a moist, crumbly texture.


  • 4-5 cardamom pods
  • 7.5 cm/3 in piece cinnamon stick


Butter a 15 cm/6 in cake tin (or a small loaf tin), put a disc of buttered baking parchment on the bottom and dust with flour. Extract the seeds from the cardamom pods and break up the cinnamon roughly. Pu