Not Another Bloody Orange Chocolate Cake Recipe
Blood oranges have such a short season, I feel it’s imperative to make the most of them. They have a wonderful flavour and are not overly sugary like some oranges can be. They also have a gorgeous blood red colour. The colour is lost in this bloody orange chocolate cake, but the flavour is there.
I’ve been testing out the Optimum Induction Pressure-Cook Pro recently. It’s an amazing piece of kit and functions as a slow cooker as well as a pressure cooker. It stews, steams, roasts, deep fries, braises, defrosts and much more. I’ve made porridge, yoghurt and rice as well as this veggie bean chilli. This quite astonishing multi cooker can also bake cakes. I decided to test this particular function out with a blood orange chocolate cake.
Unlike the last chocolate cake I made for Jumpstart 2017, this one is not vegan. It’s not what you’d call a healthy recipe either. But it’s healthier than most cakes. It’s made using organic wholemeal spelt flour, organic 85% dark chocolate and unrefined sugar. Just don’t dwell on the amount of sugar; it’s a little eye watering The ingredients together with the cooking method give a beautiful moist fudgy consistency and wonderfully intense chocolate orange flavour. It would be perfect to give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. Red is the symbolic colour of love after all, even if it can’t be seen. The blood orange chocolate cake has the added bonus of being super easy to make too, either in an oven or in the Pressure-Cook Pro.
My mother in law has recently passed away. She had a very sweet tooth, so it seems fitting somehow to post this fudgy blood orange chocolate cake on the day of her funeral.
- 225g unsalted butter
- 200g dark muscovado
- 100g molasses sugar
- 1 blood orange
- 2 large eggs
- 100g 85% dark chocolate (I used G&B)
- 200g wholemeal spelt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 150ml boiling water
- ½ blood orange
- 1 tsp honey
- 75g 70% dark chocolate
- 25g unsalted butter
- Melt butter, chocolate and sugars in a large saucepan over a very gentle heat, then remove from the heat.
- Grate in the zest of the orange, then squeeze in the juice. Stir until everything is combined.
- Beat in the eggs, one by one.
- Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the flour and sift a third in. Fold in, then stir in a third of the hot water. Repeat until everything is just mixed.
- Pour into a silicone mould, lined tin or a buttered / oiled Pressure-Cook Pro bowl.
- Bake for 55 minutes at 180℃ in the middle of the oven or until the top is firm and an inserted skewer comes out almost clean. A slight underbake is much better than over baking with this cake.
- If using the Pressure-Cook Pro, select the cake function and adjust the time setting to 1 hr.
- Leave to cool, then turn out onto a serving plate.
- Squeeze the juice of an orange into a small pan. Add the honey and chocolate and melt everything over a gentle heat. Alternatively place in a bowl over some hot water.
- Add the butter, half at a time, stirring until melted.
- Pour over the cake, allowing it to dribble down the sides.
- Other oranges can be used, but the flavour and sweetness of the cake will vary.
Other recipes using blood oranges you might like
- Blood orange curd via Tin and Thyme
- Olive oil, cardamom blood orange polenta cake via Recipes From a Pantry
- Suger free blood orange cake via Rough Measures
- Blood orange squash via Tin and Thyme
- Purple sprouting broccoli & blood orange salad via From the Healthy Heart
- Blood orange salad with avocado, radish & dill via Family Friends Food
- Squash, blood orange & radicchio salad via Natural Kitchen Adventures
This is my entry for this February’s We Should Cocoa. If you’ve made anything where chocolate is a main ingredient this month, do join in.
I’m also sharing this blood orange chocolate cake with Ness at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake. The theme this month is Cakes for All.
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