Saturday 25 June 2011

Chocolate orange cake

I like to think of this cake as an 'everyday cake', a snacking cake, something to be there in the cake tin for when the urge for a little something sweet strikes. There isn't a gooey rich icing or frosting, but that's what I mean by an everyday cake. The cake is good enough not to need any embellishment, it can stand on it's own merit.

This is an adaptation of a recipe in Linda Collister's Easy Baking. I've already made a version of this cake here and so I knew that it was delicious anyway, but this time, my adaptations of the recipe were slightly different. I wanted to use up some yogurt rather than creme fraiche, and I fancied orange as the flavour - chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven (along with chocolate and mint). I also used some 90% cocoa solids chocolate that I had hanging around - it seemed too bitter to eat on its own (although I haven't tried this yet) and so a cake seemed like the perfect opportunity to allow its cocoa flavour to shine through.

Ah, the ubiquitous brown square - or, how many angles can you take a photo of brown squares from?!?

Moist chocolate orange cake

60g dark chocolate, melted (I used 90% cocoa solids)
120g soft butter
170g light muscovado sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
220g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
20g cocoa powder
120g yogurt (I used full fat Yeo Valley)
Zest and juice of one large orange

- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line an 8"/20cm deep square cake tin.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the melted, cooled, chocolate and mix to combine.
- Add the egg, flour, vanilla, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and yogurt and mix well, until all is combined and no traces of flour remain.
- The mixture seemed very stiff at this point so I added the juice of the zested orange and mixed well to make the mixture slacker.
- Spoon into the tin and level.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until just firm. (The original recipe specified 25-30 minutes, but at this point my cake was still extremely wobbly and nowhere near done.)
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin before turning out.
- Cut into 16 squares.

Just as delicious as I remembered from last time, but more delicate and crumbly than I remembered. It was an extremely moist cake, and very delicate indeed - it fell apart as I picked it up to eat! The flavour was lovely though - really orange-y. I'm not sure about the texture of the zest in there though, I used a microplane grater (coarse) to grate the zest and next time I think I'll use something finer. But that was my only minor niggle, and colleagues thought it was lovely!


Rhyleysgranny said...

Love the combination of chocolate and orange. You have tugged my heart strings

Kate@whatkatebaked said...

An absolute winner of a combination! I cannot resist chocolate and Orange- this cake brings back many (very happy) memories of discovering a Terrys chocolate Orange at the bottom of my Christmas stocking each year... this cake would be the grown-up version!

Brownieville Girl said...

Your cake looks fantastic - light as a feather.

Another fan of orange and chocolate here!!

Anne said...

I so love chocolate and orange together, even more so in cake form! Looks scrummy!

Caroline said...

Ryleysgranny - it was a lovely cake, I'd send some if I could!

Kate - it did taste very much like a Terry's Chocolate orange (it's not Terry's, it's mine!!!)

BVG - thank you. Choc orange is such a classic combo!

Anne - it was scrummy!

Johanna GGG said...

it looks like a good honest cake and I agree that chocolate and orange is a winning combination

Caroline said...

Johanna - thanks. I had a piece today from the freezer, and it's reminded me how lovely it was - very soft and delicate!


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