Thoughts Prior to Cooking:
When I read Bloom and Doom, Audrey goes to visit her grandmother’s best friend, Mrs. June. While there, she is served Orange Chocolate Cake. When I read that, I was intrigued and decided to make it. The book however, did not carry a recipe so as I read several recipes to find the one that sounded the best, and chose this one.
This recipe comes from Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood, on the Food Network website.
Ingredients for Orange-Chocolate Cake:
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3 cups all-purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 2 cups freshly squeezed Orange Juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated zest
- 2/3 Cup of Greek Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Confectioners/Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice
- For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together the softened butter and 1 tablespoon of the cocoa to make a thick paste.
- Use this paste to paint the inside of the pan. Set aside.
- In an electric mixer, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup cocoa and mix until blended.
- Add the orange juice, yogurt, vinegar and vanilla and mix until just combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Fold in the orange zest.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 minutes.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- For the chocolate glaze: Mix the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa together.
- Whisk in the orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a good consistency to drizzle.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
Thoughts After Baking:
This cake was pretty amazing.
It was more of a spice cake then chocolate and was fantastic.
The only thing that went weird was the frosting. It was super dryso I had to add vanilla extract. I think the glaze from the Applesauce Cake would be better.
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For more chocolate recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
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