I'd never baked a cake before, but in honor of my 40th birthday, I decided to bake two of them. The results were quite tasty!
I wanted to record and share the recipes I used:
The Best Lemon Loaf by Averie Cookshttp://www.averiecooks.com/2015/01/best-lemon-loaf-better-starbucks-copycat.html
The batter was very easy to assemble, and since you mix it with a whisk, there's not much equipment to deal with. I'll definitely be making this again.
Don't overlook the note in step 6 to put foil over the pan in the last 10 minutes of baking to allow the inside to cook all the way without burning the outside.
Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake by Nigella Lawsonhttp://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/quadruple-chocolate-loaf-cake-130
I made this as only a double chocolate cake (the cocoa powder and the chocolate chips in the batter). I intended to top it with chocolate syrup, but I burned the syrup while making it and then decided not to try again because I thought pouring the syrup over the cake would be messy, and I was running short on time. I also skipped sprinkling the finished cake with chocolate flakes. It was still plenty chocolatey.
My cake required more than an hour of baking. The different cooking time might be due to a loaf pan with somewhat different dimensions than specified in the recipe.
This recipe involved a bit more work than the other one, but I'd return to it again if I wanted a rich chocolate cake.