No hearts, no pinks, no frills. Only an intensely indulgent, not so good looking, orange chocolate cake. The day is just an excuse to indulge ourselves.
That was our Valentine’s day this year. Yes I am running this late in posting! Can you tell that it takes me more than 2 months to post a recipe after I make it?
We are not the kind we celebrates Valentine’s day in a mushy rosy way. And this time it being on a week day, it made it even more casual and as good or bad, whatever way you want to see it, as another week day. I had been in school volunteering for the parties and other things almost all day. So I barely got any time to even cook any dinner at home.
The cake had been made a day earlier with the Valentine’s day treat for everyone in mind. I chose chocolate and orange as we all really love them together. I have the least patience to decorate a cake. It is fine for me as long as it tastes good and is “presentable”.
The orange slices inside the cake were really good (probably only for the adults ..!) ; but my little one declared that she would have liked the cake better if it was only orange cream and no slices. And this is from someone who will remove all cream and frosting from any cake. So the choice is really yours.
- No hearts, no pinks, no frills. Only an intensely indulgent, not so good looking, orange chocolate cake. The day is just an excuse to indulge ourselves.
- The past few weeks had been the tough, with the girls and me getting sick as if in a race. We are much relieved to start on a good looking and promising week this Monday. I was sorting through the photographs and found some photographs of this cake; the rest must have been deleted somehow. Seems like I am left with the ugly bunch. But before I wander away and get discouraged by the photographs and the look of the cake, I thought the post should be published.
- As long as there is chocolate, there is love
- The base chocolate cake is similar to the Orange Flavored Chocolate Cake I had posted before. It is a very reliable recipe, quite simple and it has never ever failed me.
- Here is a rather messy looking cake, but very very decadent.
- Caramelized Orange and Chocolate Layer Cake
- Ingredients: (makes a 8 inch, 2 layered cake)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet /or dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 + 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed or store bought)
- 2 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 large egg
- 1 teaspoons pure orange extract or 1/2 tablespoon orange blossom water
- about 1/2 cup orange juice (divided) to soak the cake after baking
- For caramelized oranges:
- 8-10 small clementines (sized like a golf ball )
- 4 tablespoon sugar/brown sugar, or as much as you would need (the amount of sugar you will use here depends on how sweet or tart the oranges are; so please adjust amount)
- 3/4 tablespoon butter
- For the orange cream:
- 350 ml heavy cream, chilled
- zest of 4-6 oranges
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (or as much as you would need it to be sweet enough for you)
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)
- Cocoa Powder or Chocolate Shavings for garnish