Dark chocolate & orange cake

Dark chocolate & orange cake

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus cooling time

Easy

Cuts into 10 slices
A dense, dark and devilishly delicious cake, this will be gone before you know it

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

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  • fibre-
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Ingredients

  • 1 Seville orange
    Orange

    Orange

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  • a little melted butter, for greasing
    Butter

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  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • orange candied peel, to decorate

For the chocolate ganache

  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 225ml double cream

Method

  1. Pierce the orange with a skewer (right through). Cook in boiling water for 30 minutes until soft. Whizz the whole orange in a food processor until smooth; let cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.Grease and line the base of a 23cm/9in round cake tin. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave for 2 minutes on High, stirring after 1 minute. Let cool.

  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Gradually beat in the puréed orange, discarding any pips, then stir in the cooled melted chocolate. Sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the middle. (Check after 45 minutes and cover with foil if it is browning too much.) Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Make the chocolate ganache: put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Set aside until firm enough to spread over the cake – up to 1½ hours.

  5. Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Using a palette knife, swirl the ganache over the top. Decorate with strips of candied orange peel.

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josiejojo246
1st Jan, 2015
I didn't have the recipe at the shops so I accidentally used 85% cocoa Lindt chocolate and it turned out great! I also forgot what type of orange we were supposed to have so I used a normal orange, it turned out fine though one of my problems was that one orange is not enough in a food processor for it to actually process so I ended up chopping it up with a knife instead. Otherwise, it was lovely. I made this with my family, for New Years Eve but we didn't make the ganache we left it plain and decorated it ourselves writing 2015 in the middle. I would definitely recommend this recipe!
KeinEngel
11th Aug, 2014
I couldn't get hold of a seville orange so I had to use a regular one and it came out really horrible
TomandJosie
27th May, 2014
5.05
Just made this cake and really impressed. Very subtle orange flavour. Originally nervous about the amount of oil and using the whole orange(used an ordinary orange) but stuck to the recipe and it worked a treat, was cooked a bit sooner than stated tho. The ganache went runny but just melted some more chocolate and added it, it soon set. Will definitely make again!
Speedbird001
21st May, 2014
I've made this at leat a dozen times, always great cake and everyone who tries it loves it. My partner took some to work for her friends and now i'm getting orders for it. I always top the cake with mandarin segments, the fresh fruitiness combats the richness of the chocolate and cream.
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marmiteetponpon
13th Mar, 2014
check this amazing... easy to do, no bake oreo choco-pops at marmite et ponpon. http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/03/13/no-bake-oreo-choco-pop/
Zoe4
9th Dec, 2013
Yummy yummy yummy! I always make a cake when we have friends or family over as I love to bake. I've made this cake twice now and it remains my partner's favourite out of all the cakes I've baked. It is sooo good! It is very rich, I wouldn't recommend this if you are looking for a light treat! It does take quite a while to make and it is little fiddly but it is well worth the extra effort!
jaybee5886
19th Nov, 2013
Do I boil and purée the orange with the skin? :/
Speedbird001
21st May, 2014
yes. boil the whole lot, i always cut the orange before blitzing. Add a spoon of Juice to help the puree to come out of the blender.
VonnieMac3
10th Nov, 2013
I first made this cake for a friends birthday and it was a big hit! Very rich though so you only need a small slice. I've made it a few times since and its easy to overcook which makes it a bit dry so watch it carefully! Also be careful to remove any large pips from the orange once blitzed. Delicious cake though!
xa_gen24
21st Oct, 2013
4.05
Delicious and easy to make. Done it more than once and it's a staple to prepare for any occasion. Received many compliments too!! Used ganache on other cake toppings :-) definitely is a recipe to try!!

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