Orange is a good friend of chocolate and their flavours combined make one hell of a good cake!
This chocolate orange cake has all the space in the world to show off its chocolatey credentials. It is impossible not to sink your teeth into a sliver of the good stuff and savour the way it sticks to the roof of your mouth.
I hope that this recipe will become quite chocolate- covered over time ;)
PLEASE NOTE; This is the king of chocolate cakes and should be made for special people only! ;)
So here it is;
- 175g dark chocolate ( I used 81% cocoa)
- 175g unsalted butter
- 225g caster sugar
- 6 eggs ( separate yolks from whites)
- grated zest of 4 oranges + 1 orange sliced to decorate
- 150g sifted self-raising flour
- 125ml double cream
- 225g dark chocolate ( at least 55% cocoa)
All the ingredients and method are shown in the video.
Preheat the oven to 170C. Start with breaking up the chocolate. Put it in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Leave to melt and then remove from the heat and set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then gradually beat in the egg yolks. Now, stir in the melted chocolate, orange zest and fold in the flour.
Now whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the cake. Spoon into a lined round 23cm cake tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Insert the skewer and if it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be turned out. Leave it to cool.
To make the icing, put double cream and chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth, then set aside to cool.
Pour the icing over the cake and decorate with slices of orange.