Friday, May 17, 2013

Essence Of Orange-Chocolate Cake

I have to quickly post this up as today is the last day of submission to The Home Bakers for this delicious cake. Taken from the book, Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas, our 17th bake at The Home Bakers, i must say that this is one of my favourite cakes so far that we are baking from the book. The cake is rather unique as the peels of an whole orange including the fruit itself are processed together with some raisins, hence the name essence of orange cake, are added along to the batter, which according to the writer, it helps to provide a long lasting moistness to the cake. Even though the white piths of the orange were processed together, it didnt give any bitterness to the cake, instead all the zests and the orange fruit gave a lovely sweet and tangy flavour to this orange cake.  Chocolate chips, chocolate wafers or pieces of chocolate and in my case, i have used chocolate buttons were then scattered over the cake, it is deliciously gooey when eating it warm. For full recipe, pls check at Eileen's blog at Hundred Eighty Degrees and to view the rest who had made the same cake, click here

this is half of the original recipe
1/2 orange, scrubbed
1/2 cup black raisins
56gm unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
140gms cake flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt/ buttermilk
1/4tsp salt
1/8 cup of chocolate chips
chocolate buttons

1.Preheat oven to 180C and butter and line the prepared baking pan. Cut the orange into quarters, leaving the peel on. In a food processor, combine the orange segments and raisins and process until finely ground.
2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, add the egg , beating well. Mix in the orange mixture.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with yogurt or buttermilk , beating until blended. Mix in the chocolate chips into  the batter, spread evenly in the prepared pan. Scatter chocolate chips or chocolate buttons evenly over the top and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing the cake out from the pan.


  1. Hi Lena! I love the classic combination - Orange and Chocolate!

  2. Hi Lena,
    We enjoyed this cake too, one of the best cakes from this book. Funny that the white pith does not give any bitterness to the cake at all.
    Glad that you've managed to dock in on time! :)

  3. It look moist and soft, must be very good, like the orange and chocolate combo too!

  4. Orange and chocolate are always a very good combination. Love these two tastes mixed cake.

  5. look so yummy...
    thanks for sharing...

  6. This is such a unique cake! I love this!

  7. Hi Lena, your cake looks lovely with the chocolate dots on top.

  8. Hi Lena,
    Love the orange and chocolate combo.
    Your cake looks moist and nice with the dotted chocolate top..:D


  9. Your cakes always turned out looking so delicious and with beautiful crumbs...I still can't get it right sometimes and always very pleased when they looked good:D

  10. Chocolate and orange are the perfect match. These looks so pretty!

  11. Lena , chocolate and orange sounds delicious together ! Your cake looks moist and really yummy :) The dotted chocolate buttons on top look so pretty !

  12. This looks amazing, I love chocolate and orange.

  13. What an intriguing recipe, I've never seen an entire citrus fruit in a cake before- but I can't wait to try it!

  14. what a great recipe - love the flavors
    mary x

  15. A classic and lovely flavour combo, Lena. The cake must have tasted wonderfully aromatic and delicious.

  16. This is one combo that I know I will like, it's interesting to know the entire fruit went into it. Cake looks soft and moist :)

  17. hi lena...lamanya tak masuk sini hihihi..
    masa i pendek sangat la, terpaksa bagi2..bila masuk sana tak boleh masuk sini, bila masuk sini tak boleh masuk sana...mana la kawan2 tak lari theee...

    ni baru siap masak utk lunch for catering...nak sejukkan badan dulu depan pc hihihi...

    olloo lena? sekarang dah ada WV? why? leceh la...hahaha

  18. Hi, Lena, you seem to be busier than last year! Please let me try your orange chocolate cake!

  19. This cake looks yum! I seldom use my food processor, so here's an excuse for taking it out of the cupboard..... Bookmarked!

  20. Hi Lena!

    I have recently discovered the delight of citrus and chocolate. Oh where oh where have I been, lol??? I love the idea that you halved this cake. It looks so yummy! I'll be saving it for future reference!

    Thank you so much for sharing...hope all has been well with you and yours. Perhaps, if you get a minute, you could stop by my blog. I did a post today:) Thanks again, Louise

  21. Lena, I just adore your chocolate/orange cake...great recipe, and the chocolate buttons are so adorable in the cake and so yummy!

  22. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesMay 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Hi Lena, I saw some chocolate oozing out.... :) lovely shot !