I serve this rich cake-like bread and its creamy chocolate honey butter often at Christmastime. It makes a great brunch item, but it also goes well on a dinner buffet. This recipe won me a 'Best in Category' award in a local cooking contest. -Patrice Bruwer, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Allrecipes Member

Recipe Summary test

20 mins
55 mins
75 mins
16 servings


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in pecans.

  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

  • In a small mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add honey and chocolate syrup; mix well. Serve with the bread.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 27.8g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 54.4mg; sodium 236.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

Rating: 5 stars
Wonderfully moist bread! Thanks for the yummy recipe! I made the following tiny changes: subbed applesauce for the butter, reduced sugar to ¾ cup, added 1 tsp. of vanilla and ½ tsp of cinnamon, used 1/3 cup of mini-chocolate chips instead of pecans. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Incredily moist and delicious - I added 2 tsp. of vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. Instead of the nuts, I added 1/2 c. of white chocolate chips. I didn't do the chocolate honey butter as I thought the bread was fine on it's own. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very nice moist bread. I just substituted applesauce for the butter and only used 3/4 cup of sugar. It tasted really good. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was very GOOD! It was light and fluffy. I didn't put in the pecans, but i did add 1/3 cup chocolate chips. I didn't make the honey butter, I thought it was great on its own. Very good with vanilla ice cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great chocolate cake-bread. I used canola oil and also added chocolate chips. I tried to decorate the top with pecan halves, but the batter is very thin, like cake batter, so my pecan decorations sank. Still delicious! I didn't make the chocolate honey butter for us, though I certainly would if I were planning to serve this to guests & I'd include the recipe if I were planning to give this as a gift. This does not rise much; I used this batter in ONE standard loaf pan. It made a lovely loaf with a pretty, rounded top. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
If you're looking for a rich flavored bread/cake, consider adding a bit of molasses and a dash of cinnamon. If you're looking for a chocolatey bread/cake, you'll need to replace the nuts with chocolate chips (I used regular-size semi-sweet chips) and consider adding a teaspoon of vanilla. Don't add cinnamon if you're looking for chocolate, since it distracts from what little chocolate flavor there is. This "bread" (more like a dense cake) isn't what you need if you're looking for a chocolate fix, but it is delicious. I went with my suggested chocolate suggestions above (chips and vanilla) and ate it without the spread. Chocolatey enough to enjoy, but not a chocoholic's dream. Without the chips it wouldn't have really tasted much like chocolate...just a very rich, dark-flavored bread (they help bring out the mild chocolate flavor in the bread). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I found this recipe in my Taste of Home and tried it a week or so ago. It was a hit, and I will be making it again tonight. It's not overly sweet but is moist with a good texture. We didn't try the honey butter because we didn't think it needed it, but I'm sure it's delicious w/it. It's a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A big hit at home! I always try to sneak in some fiber for my kids somewhere and this recipe was perfect for it. The changes I made; added 1 cup all-bran and let it softened with about 1 1/4 cup skim milk with 1 T vinegar milk instead of 1 cup buttermilk, used canola oil instead of butter, used 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup wheat, couple dashes of cinnamon, 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips. Baked at 325 for 1 hr 15-20 min. I may try adding shredded zuchinni next time instead of extra milk. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Definitely a cake-like bread. I almost wish I hadn't made it because I can't stop eating it. I almost didn't make the honey butter to go with it, but I am so glad that I did because it goes so well with the bread. Instead of nuts, I added mini chocolate chips. Read More