Three Things; Monday Lunch – Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Curd

Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Curd

Monday is ‘Monday Lunch’ on the three things blog, today we had a group of park rangers down from Wirral Country Park (our nearest neighbours!) to see the studio, so we thought we’d make them a cake.

Adding orange zest to the sugar and butter

Laura took a relatively simple chocolate cake and zest-ed it up a bit with gooey orange curd filling and topping. The result was moist and delicious.

To make the cake you will need…

One quantity of microwave orange curd, cooked a *little* less than usual so it is runny enough to ooze down the sides of the cake. We used the same recipe to fill our chocolate macaroons.

Two sandwich tins greased and lined on the bottom

200g (7oz) Self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon cocoa
3 tablespoons of milk
125g dark chocolate
3 eggs
150g (5oz) Butter
150g (5oz) Sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4

Adding the gooey chocolate mixture

* Cream together the butter and sugar
* finely grate the zest of one orange and mix well into the sugar, butter mixture
* melt the dark chocolate with the milk in 30 second bursts in the microwave (or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water if you don’t have a microwave)
* beat the eggs into the butter, sugar, zest mixture one at a time, beating well
* add the melted chocolate mixture and stir well, at this point the mixture will look deliciously mousse-y and smell Devine.
* sift (to be honest I rarely sift, just dump it in) the flour bicarbonate and cocoa powder into the mixture.
* fold in until combined.
* divide between the two greased and lined tons and bake for about 20 minutes, check from after 15 minutes. The cake is done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Chocolate orange cake

Leave to cool in the tin for about five minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack and removing the grease proof paper.

Sandwich together with some of the orange curd then pour the rest over the top allowing it to run sumptuously over the edges and pool on the plate for mopping up with fingers after the cake is gone!

The rangers loved it!