Thursday, April 18, 2013

Essence of Orange-Chocolate Cake (THB)

Judging from everything of this cake, I wouldn't think this tastes and looks like a coffee cake. For mine, I would prefer to name it as an orange-chocolate yogurt slice instead.

This cake recipe is mostly adapted from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas. It is chosen by Eileen from Hundred Eighty Degrees for our 17th The Home Bakers bake. THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe from this book has been baked.

For some reasons, I have made a few changes to obtain this final texture of my cake and wonder if the original recipe would yield a similar result. In the book, Lou classified this cake as a dessert coffee cake; a bittersweet cake with the combination of orange (including its peels) and dark chocolate. She uses raw orange including its peel and dark chocolate wafers to create a bittersweet taste and also processes the orange and raisins for a pudding-like texture. For me, I don't really like the addition of raisins into the always-classic bittersweet orange and dark chocolate combination and replaced the raisins with extra orange in this case. Furthermore, I don't really like the idea of eating raw orange peels in my bakes and prefer to cook my orange before baking in this case.

With the addition of yogurt, I reckon that my cake by definition should be more like a yogurt slice than a cake. It has a dense pudding-like texture with heaps of bittersweet taste. Overall, I'm feeling neutral with this bake. I like its orange and chocolate bittersweet taste but not a huge fan of its compact and dense yogurt-y texture.


Essence of orange-chocolate cake - very fanciful for a cake name!
This is what I did to my orange...
Making the "cake"
Baking the "cake"
The final touch... the bittersweet dark chocolate
Is this a cake? You be the judge.

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Eileen from Hundred Eighty Degrees for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake.

My ingredients list (which is 1/2 amount of the original recipe)

1 large orange, scrubbed and cooked in boiling water for at least 1 1/2 hrs
60g unsalted butter at room temperature
70g sugar
1 large egg
165g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup yogurt
40g dark chocolate chips
(I used Callebaut chocolate with 70% cocoa)
40g dark chocolate pieces
(with 85% cocoa)


Modifications that I have made from the original:
  • Instead of using raw orange, I have used boiled orange instead.
  • I have replaced 1/2 cup of raisins (for half amount of recipe) with extra half an orange.
  • I have reduced the sugar content of the cake from 100g to 70g for 1/2 amount of the recipe.
  • I have replaced baking soda with the same amount of baking powder.
  • I have replaced chocolate wafers with dark chocolate chips and dark eating chocolates.
  • For half amount of the recipe, I have baked my cake using 15 cm x 25 cm loaf pan at 160ºC fan forced for 30 mins and another extra 5 mins with dark chocolate topping.
    Happy Baking
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54 comments:

  1. flavourful delicious cake looks wonderful

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  2. This really looks like a great great cake. Love the flavors!

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  3. I always use the orange skin and same with lemon. Too tasty to waste. Hope you have a great week and Happy Baking :-]

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  4. I just came from Joyce's place. Hers look more like a cake but I agree with you as yours look like a slice to me. Zoe, 1st time of seeing blending the orange with the "skin" as well! Wah, I hope to become your home guest one day as you always use the best chocolate ingredients, hehe!

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  5. I only tried similar cake with mandarins,but without chocolate..I have to correct that mistake :D

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  6. Wow, orange and dark chocolate, this cake must be great!!!!

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  7. This is a very interesting recipe. I see you using a big orange, cook it with its zest before blending it. Chocolate chips, dark chocolate and raisins as the ingredients, rich and yummy.

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  8. Zoe definitivamente su pastel es delicioso y aromático me encantan los cítricos,gracias ...abrazos y buena semana.

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  9. Hi Zoe,
    Yes, it does look like a slice to me. Sorry to hear that it did not turn out like a cake texture. And interesting that you cooked the orange puree.
    I've got to agree that the combination of orange and chocolate is very nice. Anyway, glad that you've given this bake a try.

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  10. I like the chocolate pieces on top!

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  11. Zoe, I baked orange butter cake with boiled orange, that is the best orange cake that I have eaten. Your cake looks nice to me especially with the chocolate but like what you said, it looks like slice than cake.

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  12. hi zoe, just coming over to look at your cake first. Havent baked mine yet. The last pic..nope..doesnt look like a cake..LOL! anyway, will be baking mine sometime this week :)

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  13. Zoe, I am not a fan of orange cakes and if served, would only pick out the chocolate bits. And my grandma would tell me off for doing that!

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  14. I am drooling here! The cake looks like a bunch of gold. :o)
    Kristy

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  15. One question Zoe. Will it not be bitter with the addition of the skin of the orange... the cake sounds so heavenly

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    1. Hi Vimitha,

      Orange skin itself especially the white part can be pretty bitter and the addition of the whole skin can be bitter in taste. However, the tolerance of sweetness can depends on individual.

      I reckon the cake with cooked or raw orange will be very different again without the orange skin.

      Zoe

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  16. Hi Zoe, I like the large chocolate slices on top, makes it look like a checkerboard!

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  17. Hi Zoe, what a great cake I love orange anc chocolate together!

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  18. Zoe, the last pic...doen't look like a cake! Interesting to know that you boiled the whole orange with skin on and made it into puree!

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  19. Zoe, yrs looked great... I had made mine 2 weeks ago, but i hv made modifications as i did not have a food processor... will post mine up soon:)

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  20. The cake look delicious. I think orange and chocolate combination is even better:) I wish I can have a piece right now:)

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  21. can I come over?!!

    Oh, and yes- I think you could definitely do the green smoothie challenge! It's really easy but I understand the initial feeling. :P you could just one make a day and split it between you and all the kids - make it work for you!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  22. LOVE chocolate and orange together! I tend to favour a recipe by nigella lawson which uses the whole (boiled orange) and chocoalte together, just blended! but this looks ace and i'm itcvhing to try this!

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  23. Zoe , love the chocolate and orange combo ! The texture though looks like a steamed cake than a baked one :D Don't know if you've seen Nigella's chocolate orange cake recipe , her recipe calls for oranges to be boiled as well .

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  24. Your cake looks really dense and kuih like instead of cake...I have baked a similar cake with cooked orange and I don't like the bitterish taste!

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  25. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesApril 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Hi Zoe, is a brilliant idea to cook the orange: ) I think the modification yields different texture judging from the last pic, like ji dan gao, is it?

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  26. Love your idea of popping the chocolate bits on only towards the end of baking time! Hey, you created a new Orange Bar recipe!

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    1. Yo! David made something that reminds me of your version of our cake:

      http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/04/orange-syrup-cake-recipe/

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    2. Hi Emily,

      David added almond meal into his cake which is one of favorite addition to orange cakes... His cake sounds very yummy!

      Zoe

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  27. woh,what a nice cake!
    good cake idea~orange mix together with chocolate.
    Seeing for the first time!must be very nice,love it,thank you for sharing.

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  28. Hi Zoe, interesting take on the recipe! Maybe the boiled orange did make a difference in the texture of the cake... Nevertheless, it still looked pretty delicious to me :)

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  29. Love your addition of boiled orange, that is new to me and those chocolate chunks on top of the cake...looks so decadent!!

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  30. The texture of this cake reminded me of a cake I made recently - Donna Hay's Lemon Yoghurt cake. It looked gorgeous, it smelled divine, but I was quite put off by the densed pudding like texture. Really pity because the balance of taste and flavour were perfect. It can be that the measurements with Cups in Australia are different to the Cups measurements used in Europe/UK or USA?

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    1. Hi Nasifriet,

      Yea... Like you, I like the taste of the cake but not the texture...

      I think the Australian cup measurements is about the same as the US/UK ones. 1 cup is 250ml, 1 tbsp is 20ml but can sometime 15ml, 1 tsp is 5ml.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  31. Hi Zoe,

    The cake looks so good! I've never put in whole oranges in while baking before. I usually only squeeze the juice out. How does it affect the flavor, texture and everything?

    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen,

      I realised that all my friends who have baked this cake with raw orange has yield a more cake-like texture. Mine is really moist and dense.

      Zoe

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  32. With the chocolate on top, it looks like art!

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  33. Hey, this cake looks lovely, like the colour. Must be yummy too, orange and chocolate, a wonderful combination!

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  34. I always love choc and orange and they make a great flavor in all desserts.. nice.

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  35. Chocolate and orange , must be a very good cake !

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  36. The cake looks delicious! I am getting very hungry now. I have never seen using the whole orange in dessert like that. Pretty interesting. I love the half melted chocolate chunks on the top. Definitely tempting. Yum...

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  37. Seriously a boiled orange!!! Never tried this!!! So curious about this recipe!!

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  38. What a great combo of chocolate and orange! This cake looks fabulous!

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  39. I love the combination of orange and chocolate. It's a marriage made in heaven! :D This cake looks delicious and what a gorgeous color! :)

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  40. This cake is littered with chocolate, literally! :D
    Love the design and taste!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  41. Oh Zoe, this looks amazing! Never had such cake before, I'm afraid of using the whole orange in the cake, but I'll be brave now and bake it :)

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  42. I have read your post! I would love to buy some of this for my cooking. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog.

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  43. I think it looks more like a "kuih" than a cake! The colour is beautiful though, and should taste really good with that dark chocolate :)

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  44. Really interesting recipe! We still have great quality oranges in the stores at the moment, so I should do this before their season ends. Looks terrific! And I'll bet it tasted even better. ;-) Thanks for this.

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  45. Zoe, it's a good idea to boil the orange before using, maybe next time I'll try that when I attempt this recipe again. Also, I would never have thought of substituting the raisins for more chocolates. Though you are feeling neutral about this bake, glad that you still went through with it :):) Till our next fun bake!

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  46. Never made cake with whole orange. Worth a try.

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  47. Hi Zoe, nice to meet you too, im just started join in THB's group wish to learn more from you all..

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    1. Hi Yiisan,

      Nice to have you baking with us at THB!
      Your cake is fantastic and look forward to bake more with you.

      Zoe

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