Chocolate cake for breakfast - a bonkers idea! There are some things that can be eaten at any time of day (erm - toasted cheese sandwich? spaghetti?) but nine people out of ten would probably say chocolate cake isn't one of them. There's all-day breakfast, but there isn't all-day dessert.
It isn't quite logical because if you think about it heavy, calorific sugary foods should be eaten early in the day so that the body has a chance of burning it off, or some of it at least. I find I can get away with cake eaten in the morning and I get severely punished by my bathroom scales for evening cake. Weight loss is partly about when you eat, as much as what you eat.
Nutrition-wise though it's a different story I guess - I'm not an expert ( unlike on weight loss, particularly my own). Cake may not be empty calories but definitely not choc-full of nutrients. On the other hand neither are Coco Pops - go figure... So on one hand you may have burned those calories throughout the day but it doesn't mean you won't be hungry way before lunchtime. Can't win.
The key thing is, chocolate cake does not seem an appealing breakfast fodder because it's usually sickly, fudgey and often frosted with buttercream. Doesn’t seem right first thing.
This is different. This is a chocolate cake that you might actually find appetising first thing (and of course as appetising for dessert or afternoon tea) because it's a/ not sickly, b/ not creamy and c/ has nice crunchy streusel. With a large mug of milky coffee it will go down a treat even at half past seven in the morning.
The recipe courtesy Melissa Clark of NY Times Cooking.