I love the sweet combo of chocolate and orange flavored dessert. It seems somewhat elegant when both of these elements combine. It’s like finishing off your outfit with the right pair of shoe. It magically comes together.
I used to bake this cake a lot when I was younger. Mainly because it was my first try at swirling two different cake batters together to create the marble effect; which at that time was exciting – and it’s still is.
I wanted to bake this marble cake again only this time I wanted to layer it with a rich dark chocolate ganache. I halved the recipe and bake it in a six inch cake pan. I really love making small cakes just because it feels right to me. It puts less pressure on me so I won’t feel the need to eat the entire cake by myself since I don’t really like to share.
You can dress up this cake any way you like. It will be delicious either way. I frost the entire cake with a dark chocolate ganache and then pipe little rosettes using the same buttercream that I used for when I made my Dobos Torte but you can use any type of frosting you want here. Then, I use strips of frosted candied orange peel that I made a day earlier to finish the look. (look out for that in my next post)
Chocolate Orange Marble Cake
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grated orange zest
3 tablespoon orange juice
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 inches round cake pan.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs one at a time and then add in the vanilla extract, yogurt and then add in the grated orange zest and the juice.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in the flour mixture into the creamed ingredients.
Divide the batter in half using two separate bowls. Mix in the melted chocolate in one of the bowls fold it in and mix it well.
Now, spoon the orange and chocolate batter into the greased cake pan. Using a knife or a skewer, swirl the two batters to create the marble effect. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cake is done.
1 cup semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
Melt the chocolate and heavy cream over a double boiler.
Allow the mixture to cool down in the refrigerator, stirring it occasionally until you reached the desired consistency to frost your cake.