I love a good slice of cake but it has to be worth the indulgence! I am particularly fond of cakes that use an interesting mix of ingredients. Just the other day I was in one of the many Mojo’s in Wellington and spied a delicious looking slice of Orange, Almond and Basil cake. One day I will treat myself for afternoon tea.
For now, this cake shall suffice! I wasn’t too sure about this cake when I first came across the recipe on this cool site but it is definitely worth trying. Anything that uses an entire piece of citrus (skin and all) is worth trying to me! The combination of dark chocolate and orange is really quite something and the taste and flavour certainly reminds me of Cadbury Jaffas!
When I made this, I tasted it several hours out of the oven so the dark chocolate had solidified again slightly. It was still pretty darn spectacular in flavour but can only imagine how wonderful it would be straight out of the oven! Enjoy.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 a cup of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 orange
- 1 cup of chopped dates
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda, dissolved in 3/4 cup of water
- 1/2 a cup of cream
- 1 1/2 blocks of chocolate
Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between additions. Munch up a whole orange in blender (skin and all!) and add to the creamed mixture.
Add the chopped dates (which can be done by popping them in the blender at the same time as the orange), vanilla and salt to the mixture. Stir in the flour and baking soda ( dissolved in the water).
Pour the batter into a lined and greased tin and smooth out evenly. Using an entire kingsize block of chocolate, poke pieces of choc (2 squares together is good size) into the batter. Jam in as much in as possible. Smooth the batter over the top of the chocolate. Bake at 160 degrees for 45 minutes or until cooked (definitely better on the slightly undercooked side!)
You either serve warm with whipped cream or ice-cream and for extra decadence, chocolate sauce or if, like me, you are making this cake in advance you can ice the cake with chocolate icing and decorate.