So, I still have Easter chocolate and I simply can’t eat anymore… on its own, that is. In times like this, baking a cake that incorporates it somehow is the solution to my problem. Since I received a chocolate orange egg, complete with 2 sharing bars, a chocolate orange cake just makes sense. Here is what you’ll need:
- 2 oranges
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (125 g) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond essence
- 2 cups (250 g) almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Before you get started, this cake will take some time. So if you have the time, let’s get started! First, rinse and clean two oranges and place in a saucepan of water. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then simmer on low for 2 hours. Take off the heat and let the oranges cool.
While the oranges are cooling down, beat the eggs, then add the sugar and almond essence.
Once the oranges are cooked, blend completely until a smooth orange paste is produced. You may want to cut off the ends which can sometimes be bitter.
To the smooth orange mixture, add the coconut oil, which should melt if the mixture is slightly warm.
Add the orange mixture to the bowl and whisk very well.
Add the almond flour and baking powder. Mix this very well until a smooth batter is produced.
Line or grease a baking tray and pour the batter in. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can settle and even out.
Heat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake for approximately one hour.
I broke up the chocolate from the sharing bar and melted it. The idea was to drizzle it over the top. But as in life, things don’t always work out as you planned.
What I didn’t realize, was that there are crunchy bits in the sharing bar which affected melting the chocolate into a smooth drizzle. In the end, I just spread it over the top.
And there you have it, Chocolate Orange Cake! As it didn’t look as nice with chunky chocolate spread over the top, I topped it with sliced almonds and a dusting of powdered sugar. Either way, it tastes fabulous and is a great treat to welcome in the warmer weather! It’s moist, sweet, and bursting with citrus flavour! The only downside is that it took just over 4 hours: 2 to cook the oranges, 1 hour to let them cool, 1 hour to bake and at least 30 minutes of prep before and after it’s time in the oven. But seriously, it’s well worth it! Sometimes good things just take time, and this cake is a great thing! So, as you’re enjoying the warmer weather, give this cake a try! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!