Dark chocolate & orange cake

Dark chocolate & orange cake

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(78 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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Ingredients

  • 1 Seville orange
    Orange

    Orange

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  • a little melted butter, for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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

    Egg

    egg

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

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

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

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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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declancostello
28th Jul, 2012
I put this cake mix into muffin tins and cooked for just over 30mins. Delicious.
cindytitcomb
27th Jul, 2012
I made it with half s/r flour, and half plain. It did rise more, so making it nice and fluffy, BUT I had to put a bit of mix in another pan. It was superbly tasty - made for my father in law's 83rd Birthday and we all loved it! Only made half of genache, which was more than enough. I was dubious about boiling and whizzing the orange, thinking it would make it bitter, but it was superb.
smc_mcclellan
14th Jul, 2012
I baked in two tins and used half the ganache recipe amount both to sandwich the two halves together and on top. Worked perfectly! A great cake.
shireen82
15th Jun, 2012
5.05
This is one scrummy recipe. Made it for a friend when I was over for dinner..... Almost did not want to leave the whole cake there!
kjh3540
12th Jun, 2012
4.05
Nice and moist tasty although I would have liked more of an orange flavour so if I do it again will be doing two oranges. I also added a middle layer of orange butter icing because my other half has a sweet tooth and then some! He loves it but added cream....! Healthy it's not tasty it is.
superballgirl
1st Apr, 2012
Not as wonderful as I thought it was going to be - somewhat disappointingly. Despite following the recipe to the letter, the cake went sad in the middle (I am not an inexperienced baker). I rescued it by scooping out the sad bit, making a little less ganache to go round the top, and filling the hole in the middle with cream and fresh orange segments. The cake was drier and heavier than I anticipated it being :/
kaonashi_spirit
12th Mar, 2012
5.05
Never been a fan of orange chocolate. But I made this for a friend's bday and everyone loved it and I loved it! He though it was the best cake he's ever tasted. Lovely light texture. Not too bland and not too sickly.
rickie86
26th Feb, 2012
I have made this cake 3 times now, the first time I followed the recipe exactly as this is the first cake iv ever made, it went so well that I made another but also added mixed nuts in with the mixture and added chopped nuts for decoration. The third and most successful time I made three cake sponges to place on top of each other separated by Ganesh, one was plain, one was with added nuts and one had added chocolate drops then same crush/chopped nuts on top for decoration, I also put 3 slices of candied orange on top (which I made my self) cup and a half of water, cup and a half of suger, bring to boil, then med heat until segments go clearish then simmer until water is syrup!) very good cake!!
nicoledangoor
18th Feb, 2012
i no finding perfect recipes are hard! and we cant trust all those out there.. There is a group on facebook that was just created The Bake Exchange which is designed to share everyone's favourite old/new recipes. Join and share all your favourite recipes so we dont need to spend so long looking for and testing all the different recipes out there.
nicoledangoor
18th Feb, 2012
i no finding perfect recipes are hard! and we cant trust all those out there.. There is a group on facebook that was just created The Bake Exchange which is designed to share everyone's favourite old/new recipes. Join and share all your favourite recipes so we dont need to spend so long looking for and testing all the different recipes out there.

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