Awesome orange (and chocolate) cake

So I found this awesome recipe for a wonderful orange and chocolate cake that is super easy to prepare and doesn’t even have any butter in it, so you do not have to feel guilty if you have one slice too many….

Awesome orange (and chocolate) cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 organic oranges
  • 11oz. of sugar
  • 5 oz. flour
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoos baking soda
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • saffron (optional)
  • For the glaze
  • 9 oz. chocolate
  • 1 cup milk or cream or half-half depending on how naughty you feel

Directions

  1. First take 3 organic oranges (it is important that they are organic because you are using everything, including the peel and orange peel apparently absorbs pesticides like a sponge...). Cut them into fourth and place them in a blender, peel and all. Once they are blended down to a pulp, add 11oz. (300g) of sugar, 5oz. (150g) of flour, 4 whole eggs, 2 table spoons of vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix everything until you have a rather smooth and liquid mixture. Pour the mixture in a cake mold and bake it in the oven for 40-50 min at 380-400F.
  2. For the ganache:
  3. If I do the cake just for myself to snack on for breakfast or so, this is the end of the cake, it is awesome just like it is and as there is no butter in it I don't feel that guilty eating it. But if you want to make an impression, or you loooooooooove chocolate, you can glaze it with chocolate. This is how I do it.
  4. Break about 9oz. of chocolate into small pieces (use good quality chocolate, it's worth it!) and add 1 cup of boiling hot heavy whipping cream (or half half or even milk if you are watching your waistline), mix it until the chocolate is all melted. If the mixture becomes cold too quickly and chocolate doesn't melt entirely, pop it in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds, mix again and repeat if necessary. Never let the chocolate in the microwave for more than 20 sec otherwise you risk overheating it and it separates.
  5. Now cut the cold cake in half and spread some of the chocolate ganache (that is the name of the chocolate sauce) in the middle, recompose the cake and use the rest of the ganache to glaze the cake.
  6. I prepared the glazed version yesterday as a thank you cake.... hopefully it will be successful!
  7. Note on the ganache:
  8. Now the correct procedure to make chocolate ganache, would be to warm up the cream, put the chocolate in a double boiler, with the water at a simmer, pour the boiling cream onto the chocolate and let melt in the double boiler. I find that with this procedure, overheating the chocolate is easier, plus is much more practical to use a plastic microwavable bowl than a double boiler and the results are great anyway....

– Add a handful of chocolate chips to the cake mixture
– Add saffron to the cake mixture (not sure what it does, but it is in the original recipe, I did it both with and without saffron and didn’t really notice any difference)
– Add a bit of rum or grand marnier to the mixture
– Soak the cake in liquor before glazing it
– Don’t add any oil ( I baked the cake once forgetting the oil, and there was no noticeable difference in the final result)

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4 Responses to Awesome orange (and chocolate) cake

  1. leslie says:

    thank you so much! my new favorite cake! orange and chocolate together — BFF’s!

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  3. bakingdevils says:

    wow! what a good recipe…. no butter! that's what I love about these cakes – all the taste without the guilt…

    -Shilpa

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