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Chocolate Orange Cake

Introduction:

Indulge in the rich and indulgent flavors of Chocolate Orange Cake – a delightful treat that’s perfect for any time of day. This cake is bursting with the goodness of chocolate and the refreshing zest of orange, creating a burst of flavor in every bite. Whether you’re serving it for dessert or simply enjoying it as a special treat, this Chocolate Orange Cake is sure to hit the spot.

Why We Love This Recipe:

✔️ Burst of Chocolate and Orange Flavor: Savor the rich and indulgent flavors of chocolate and the refreshing zest of orange in every bite, which pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the cake. ✔️ Easy to Make: Whip up this cake with simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, making it perfect for novice and experienced bakers alike. ✔️ Versatile: Enjoy this cake on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special touch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Cake Pan:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch (23cm) round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Make the Cake Batter:
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, orange extract, freshly squeezed orange juice, and buttermilk until well combined.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
    • Fold in the orange zest until evenly distributed throughout the cake batter.
  3. Bake the Cake:
    • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it out evenly.
    • Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
    • Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Notes:

  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a tablespoon of orange liqueur to the cake batter.
  • This cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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