Orange and chocolate when put together, open a portal of another dimension, which leads you into a parallel universe where there is endless happiness, where eating more makes you lose weight and where lemons give you life.
Orange and chocolate form something so deep, so intense and flavourful and so unbelievably delicious that you’d think the person who discovered this was given a nobel prize or at least he should be given one asap.
This cake is so rich, so damp, dense, dark and irresistible that you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from devouring this completely. It’s almost impossible to put in words but it tastes like a mouthful of happy malevolence. Crazy right? but this cake has to be made to believe and this is one of the best desserts you could serve at a dinner party. It’s gorgeous and it has an air of elegant simplicity with the most aromatic and not so subtle flavours of orange and chocolate.
The other best part about this cake is that it’s easy and it can be made into just one bowl.
Just flour, salt, baking soda, butter, best quality dark chocolate, sugar, orange marmalade, vanilla, orange liqueur (optional), eggs.
I started by melting the butter and the chocolate into a microwavable bowl. You could by all means use a double boiler but this was easier and faster.
Stir together and exercise enough restrain to not dive into this dark pool of melted chocolate and butter. It’s so easy that I’m using a tiny wooden spoon and a bowl two sizes too small to make this cake.
Into this add in the orange marmalade
and stir. You can see lumps of the marmalade I put in and this is what helps the texture of this cake making it moist with small pieces of marmalade studded in the chocolate.
and gradually adding a bit of flour and stirring to incorporate. Instead of adding in the whole heap, add in a tablespoon at a time and gently mix in without over beating.
Into a cake mould. You can also make cupcakes out of this and more often when I have a lot of people, I actually make these into small cupcakes and these need absolutely no frosting/icing of any kind… none!!
Now because this cake is damp, it takes a bit longer than usual cakes but this is so glorious and intensely aromatic. It’s fabulous.
You really have to make this cake and see for yourself how easy it is to create something so rich and elegant yet so simple. This cake is a hit and you’d be asked for seconds and thirds. You really have to make this..
- butter 125 g (unsalted)
- dark chocolate 100g (at least 60%cocoa)
- Orange marmalade 150 g
- Orange liqueur (optional) 30 mls/1 tablespoon
- sugar 120 g
- salt 1/4 teaspoon
- baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
- eggs 2 large beaten
- flour 150g
- vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
Recipe: Melt the butter and the chocolate. Add in the marmalade, sugar, liqueur and vanilla. Stir to combine
add in the eggs and mix thoroughly.
Add the flour slowly or one tablespoon at a time and mix completely without over beating.
The batter will be very moist. Bake at 180℃ for 45-50 minutes. Let cool completely.
This cake needs no icing or frosting at all.
Alternatively you can use this recipe and make cupcakes as well.