Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chocolate Orange Miniature Loaves (Nigella Lawson)

If only...

... you are a chocolate cake lover, you will love this extremely moist and delicious chocolate cake.

... you are a fan of orange-chocolate combination, you will enjoy every single bit of this cake.

... you are a fan of Nigella Lawson, you must bake this cake!!!


This chocolate orange loaf cake recipe is originally from the book, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson. Before witnessing how Joyce from Kitchen Flavours baked hers, I would never thought that this cake is so wonderfully moist and beautiful... Many bloggers including Ann from Anncoo Journal and Jeannie from Baking Diary that has baked this recipe, said that this recipe is really really really good!

Today, I have baked mine as miniature bite-size loaves with extra dark-chocolate bits and I'm loving them being so dainty, moist, chocolate-y and beautiful.

If only you can taste these, you will know what I mean...

chocolate orange miniature loaf loaves Nigella Lawson
Very moist and beautiful Nigella's chocolate orange loaves
This chocolate orange loaf cake recipe originates from the book, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
The butter has to be well-soften if you are mixing the batter with a wooden spoon.
At this stage, there will be grits of sugar in the butter mixture and it really smells like coffee!!!
This tablespoon of dry ingredients helps to prevent the egg from curdling in the butter mixture.
This recipe looks easy, isn't it?
The recipe says NOT to panic if mixture curdled at this stage.
More chocolate, please! I have added these for extra chocolaty taste :)
These cakes are ready just 20 minutes!
chocolate orange miniature loaf loaves Nigella Lawson
If only you can taste this, you will know what I mean...

Here's the recipe from Kitchen Flavours, adapted from the book, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
(with my modification in blue)

Serves 10-12
160g soft unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
a dab flavorless vegetable oil, for greasing syrup spoon
2 tbsp golden syrup or dark corn syrup
(I used golden syrup)
1 cup dark brown sugar
(I used 60g dark muscovado sugar for half of the recipe)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
3 tbsp best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
(I used 10g Valrhona Dutch processed ones for half of the recipe)
2 eggs
zest of 2 regular orange and juice of 1 (1/3 cup)
My extra addition: 40g chopped Callebaut dark chocolate with 55% cocoa for half of the recipe.

1x 2-pound loaf pan or sixteen 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm miniature loaf pans

Preheat the oven to 325°F or 150°C fan forced and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the sides, or line with a paper loaf-pan liner. - I didn't line my loaf pans as they are made of non-stick silicon.

Beat the already soft butter with the syrup - if you dab a little oil on your tablespoon measure with a sheet of paper towel, the syrup shouldn't stick to the spoon - and the sugar until you have a fairly smooth caffe Americano cream, though the sugar will have a bit of grit about it.

Mix the flour, baking soda (or baking powder), and cocoa powder together, and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tbsp of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another couple of spoonfuls of the dry ingredients before beating in the second egg.

Carry on beating in the remaining dry ingredients and then add, still beating, the orange zest and finally, gradually, the juice. At this stage, the batter may suddenly look dimpled, as if slightly curdled. No need to panic!

Stir in chopped chocolate if you wish. Pour and scrape into the prepared pan and bake for 45 mins (or 20 mins for smaller loaves), though check 5 mins before and be prepared to keep it in the oven 5 mins longer if need be. A cake tester won't come out entirely clean, as the point of this cake, light though it may be, is to have just a hint of inner stickiness. Let cool a little in its pan on a wire rack, then turn out with care and leave on the rack to cool.

Note: Using half of the recipe, I have baked eight 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm miniature loaves at or 150°C fan forced for 20 mins.

Make Ahead Note :
The cake can be baked up to 3 days ahead. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in airtight container. Will keep for 5 days total.

Freeze Note :
The cake can be frozen, tightly wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil, for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature.

Happy Baking
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45 comments:

  1. Yes to 1 and 2, yay! Mean's I got to bookmark this recipe as well.. OMG the recipe is so simple.. I have everything except the golden/corn syrup (and your miniature loaf pans, hah, I only have a normal baking pan).. You know what I'm gonna ask.. Is it ok if I omit the golden/corn syrup? I hope it is still the best butter orange chocolate cake in the world without the golden syrup :)

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    1. Hi Louiz,

      Honestly, I am not too sure but I believe that the golden syrup does moisten the batter pretty well. You can try to use honey instead. Maybe the substitution might work :D

      Zoe

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  2. You made this already delicious cake even more delicious with the oozing chocolate bits! Tempting! I will add some too when I bake this again, yep! I baked this several times already!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your loaf pan thingy. Very cool What brand is it? I would love one of those, as my tin one has seen better days.

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    1. Hi Happy Whisk,

      I'm not sure if there is a brand for this silicon pan. I bought it because I like it.

      Zoe

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  4. Hi Zoe , I can't resist chocolate , now I have to make these ... I have mini loaf pans . thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Hi Zoe,
    I was just thinking of this cake a couple of days ago! Have lots of oranges in the fridge, courtesy from my MIL! I like it that you have added chopped chocolates and bake in small miniature forms! Oh yes, this cake is a keeper alright! Yum! Yum! Nigella has never failed me in every bake recipe of hers that I have tried to far!

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  6. That is a lovely looking little cakes. Chocolate & oraange is an amazing combo & I love this flavour.

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  7. Dear Zoe....I agree with your three points and of course I'm.......So surely I will bake this cake......It is tempting and irresistible one........

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  8. If it wasn't 9:17pm and I didm't have a horrific head cold, I would start making these right now! Oh YUM! I love orange and chocolate (do you get Jaffa Cakes in Oz?) Off to bed now... :(

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    1. Hi Christina,

      I have heard of Jaffa cakes... Are they like chocolate coated orange cookies? Sad to say that it is not a common item selling in Oz.

      Zoe

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  9. These look heavenly and I absolutely love the pan too! I'll be hunting the stores for it ^.^

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  10. Gosh, the addition of choc bits will definitely add more oomph to the already delicious cake!

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  11. Just looking at that last picture makes me drool!!! I love chocolate, I love orange and I do love Nigella, so I have to try this!!

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  12. Oh sooo cute and dainty!. Moist and chocolately. How I wish I could have one right now !.

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  13. Hi Zoe! I am very convinced and that last close up shot is killing me!

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  14. I will love this for sure..because I am a chocolate and orange lover!! Moreover it looks so moist and lovely...feel like grabbing it off the screen

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  15. Might just give this a go.... soon.... ;)

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  16. hi zoe, i hv made this too..i just realised that the clas event will be on for 2 months...will link up soon!

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  17. Aiyo, I've eyed on your mini loaf silicone pan, may be I should invest in one of this, mainly because the cake will look extra cute in the photos! Looking at the photos of your bake makes me feel like grabbing some from here. They look so yummy!

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  18. These loaves look like brownies and I love it! Another great recipe goes on the list ;)

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  19. Yes, Im a fan to the three you mentioned, so you think I should make this to pamper further myself?

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  20. Zoe, I've baked this cake many times and never get tired of it. Your miniature cakes look so pretty! I think I can finish it off in 2 or 3 bites... :D

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  21. Wow so highly recommended, I must try this some day.

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  22. Oh my goodness - these are just adorable. I love making individual servings but have never seen this baking tray before. Off to search Amazon :-)

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  23. These look delightful! I haven't decided yet if I like orang and chocolate together. This is something I should know by now, don't you think?

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  24. Flavorful little cake dear........ Orange and chocolate combo is awsum !!

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  25. Ok... I checked ur list above but most importantly, I am ur fan.... Heehee... Must bake hor?

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    1. Ai yo, Victoria! You made me blushed saying that!!! Yes. To me, I would say this recipe is a must bake :D

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  26. Tick to all three of the above! Chocolate and orange is a marriage made in heaven. I want this now!!!

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  27. Wow! I feel like I have to go to the store to buy the mold right away...only thing that stopping me is it's 10 in the evening now and stores are closed. I like chocolate and orange flavor combo. Fantastic!

    If you're thinking of making my triple layered apple tart, I made tiny error on the recipe. I since corrected the printable 'recipe' though. I apologize if you got confused.

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    1. Hi Nippon Nin,

      After reading your comment, I have been comparing your recipe with my print out (on 1 Apr) but don't seem to find the tiny error that you have mentioned. Can you please tell me? Thanks.

      Zoe

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  28. You are tempting me to bake this chocolate cake too!

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  29. That last photo of how moist they are just got me. Done. I cannot. I am in love :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  30. Zoe, these are so cute, I love chocolate and orange.
    xox

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  31. yumm, I think Kitchen is one of Nigella's best books.

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  32. Who will say no to this irresistible and cute loaves, definitely not me..

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  33. Delicioso y tentador mini cake... exquisitos me encanta,abrazos

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  34. These look so moist and delicious! I am also a fan of all 3 so this sounds perfect! Love the little chunks of melted chocolate too. Yum!

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  35. Hi Zoe! This cake looks really delicious and very cute in mini size! That last photo looks so tempting!

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  36. Chocolate & Orange? That's such a perfect marriage, Zoe!

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  37. This is my favorite cake, yummy! thanks for sharing this lovely recipe...

    Simon

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  38. Why did I even 'miss' this post of yours? Chocolate and orange is the perfect reason aka excuse to eat chocolate! Zoe, those mini chocolate loafs look delectable and make you feel less guilty.

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  39. This recipe seems made for me!!!! Nice to meet you via blogging, dear Zoe! Now I'm one of your followers ;-)

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