Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
I am losing my blogging mojo.. dont know where has it gone to. I am not really that busy and am now hoping just to catch up and revive that blogging momentum of mine. I have seen few of my blogger friends made this during the Nigella Lawson - Cook Lika A Star event, sometime last year and they were all happy about this cake. I made this last month and tell you, i am a lousy blogger. I cant even find my notes when i jotted it down somewhere on my little book, the texture and the baking time.. All i can remember is that it is a nice cake, not entirely bursting with flavours but a simple and good enough for a chocolate cake that comes with some hint of oranges. I am sure you will like it too.
Recipe ( from kitchen flavours, adapted from the book, Nigella Kitchen )
i made this in a 9"x5" loaf pan
160gm unsalted butter, oftened, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsps golden syrup ( such as Lyle's ) or dark corn syrup
3/4 cup dark or light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tbps good quality unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
zest of 2 oranges and juice of 1 orange
Preheat oven to 325F/163C and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
Beat the soft butter with syrup, if you dab a little oil on the syrup spoon, the syrup shouldnt stick to the spoon and beat till you have a fairly smooth cafe americano cream, though the sugar will have a bit grit on it.
Mix the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder together and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tablespoon of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another few spoonfuls of dry ingredients before beating in the 2nd egg.
Carry on beating the remaining dry ingredients and then add in the orange zest and juice. The batter may look dimpled or slightly curdled but it's okay.
Pour and scrap the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 mins, though check 5 mins before and can keep in the oven 5 mins longer if needed. The cake tester may not come out entirely clean as this point of the cake though light, there;s a hint of inner stickiness. Let cool a little in its pan on the wire rack and then turn out with care and leave completely to cool on the rack.
I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organised by Bake for Happy Kids, My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Ann of Anncoo Journal
Also linking this post to Cook Like A Star organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, co hosting with Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Mich of Piece of Cake