Baking, Something fruity, Something sweet

Simple chocolate orange cake with passion fruit sauce

IMG_3568This is a very simple chocolate cake. It’s not the most luxurious chocolate cake you’ll ever eat but it’s quick and easy and great as a base cake serve with fruit sauces or ice cream. I made the cake with part sugar part marmalade so the cake itself has an orange flavor. If you prefer plain chocolate cake then omit the marmalade and add more sugar. I don’t like my cakes too sweet so don’t add too much sugar. If you like sweeter cakes then increase the sugar.

So what do you need?

  • 160g of sugar (or 80g sugar and 80g of marmalade)
  • 250g (2 cups) of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 100g coco powder
  • 3tsp of baking powder
  • 60ml of vegetable oil
  • a cup / small pot of sour cream / plain yoghurt
  • 160ml water
  • 2 large free-range eggs

So what do you do?

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350F. Oil a baking tin, I use a long (29 x 10 cm) loaf tin or you can use a bunt tin. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth mixture. (If you want to do it in a bow I’d mix the wet ingredients together first then add the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the tin and then cook for about 40 mins, until a skewer comes out clean. Check after 30 mins and if the top is cooking to quickly place a piece of foil over the cake to stop the top burning. Once it’s done leave in the tin for 5-10 mins then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool. If you want it to look pretty when you serve it dust with icing sugar before serving.

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While the cake is cooking you can make the fruit sauce. I used passion fruit, you could use summer berries instead if you like, or make a marmalade sauce by heating up some marmalade with a mottle water to make a sauce you can pour.  I put the pulp of about a dozen juicy passion fruit in a small saucepan and added a little water about 1 or 2 tbsp and added 2 tbsp of sugar and heated it up and simmered for about 5 minutes and allow to cool. I then pour the sauce on the cake as I serve it you could add a dollop of whipped cream too for an extra treat.

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