Cooking chocolate was on sale at my local waitrose recently so I kinda stocked up without having a usage plan for them. When I came across this easy Orange Chocolate Cake recipe on BBC Good Food, I knew some of my chocolate bars were going to fulfil their calling.
This is a gluten-free cake – using almonds which is generally a guarantee for a moist, flourless cake. To add to that, an entire orange – peel and all – goes into the mix. Obviously, the orange had to be mushed up. Lots. It was quite bizarre…but the results were orangilicious…
First you cook the orange. In a microwave-safe bowl, pour in 250ml of water, cover with cling film and cook on high for 10 minutes. Flip the now slightly deflated orange on the other side, cover and cook for another 10 minutes. When you’re done, you get this strange looking shrunken thing. Don’t attempt to release the orange alien…just let it cool in the bowl…
When cooled, cut the orange in half, remove any seeds and then cut into smaller, more blendable bits.
With five tbsp of the orangey cooking liquid, blend the orange into a smooth paste. It gets all sticky and creamy like this.
Pour in melted chocolate, ground almonds, baking powder, sugar and egg yolks. See – they’re all happy together. Mix well.
In a clean bowl, whip up the egg whites till they are meringue-ready. Stiff. Won’t-fall-out-of-the-bowl-if-you-overturn-it kind of ready.
Fold the egg whites into the chocolate orange almond mixture till it looks like this. Line a 20cm baking tin with parchment paper, pour in the mixture and even the top out with the back of your scraper, spatula or spoon.
Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for an hour. Watch the cake, you may need to cover with foil halfway through to prevent the top from burning. Cool the cake in the tin. Sprinkle with icing sugar to finish.
Most importantly. cut a big wedge for yourself, make a nice cup of tea and enjoy.