The combination between chocolates and oranges is just like a couple. They blend and fit in so well that it is really divine. Today is my little brother`s ( well not so little , he is 25 !!!) birthday and I wanted to make something special for him. He was asking for a chocolate cake for some time and so I thought this is the perfect time to surprise him with what he would be wanting the most.
I was just thinking, what change could I bring to the normal chocolate cake, when the idea of combining oranges strikes me. Immediately I check whether I have the required ingredients and lo…the main ingredient being oranges were not there. Anyways I had to drop my daughter to school and on my way back, bought some oranges. I just had two hours with me before I pick her and so I had to quicken up my process and that is when I thought I would take the help of microwave.
This is a very easy and simple recipe and trust me the outcome is great. I also made Chocolate Ganache which I was experimenting for the first time. Fortunately everything came out well, just that I am not happy with the designing, since I was in a bit hurry…:(
The texture was perfect and I sandwiched the two layers with some chocolate butter-cream. The sides have been decorated with orange slices.
Servings – 7-8
4 tbsp raisins chopped
4 tbsp fresh orange Juice
1 cup light Brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs lightly beaten
4 tbsp milk
1 cup All purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
For the Ganache
1 cup Fresh Cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate cut into chunks
1 tbsp butter
. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and keep it aside.
. In another bowl, mix the raisins and orange juice and keep it aside.
. In a large bowl, beat the eggs using a hand mixer thoroughly till fluffy. To this add the brown sugar and oil and beat well.
. Then add the Vanilla essence and milk and beat.
. Fold in the flour mixture in two to three batches till mixed well. Incorporate the orange juice and raisin mixture to this cake mix and fold in well till everything is combined.
. In a microwave safe pan, grease the bottom with butter. Pour in the batter to half the pan and microwave for about 2 minutes or till cake is cooked and tooth pick comes clean.
. Leave the cake to cool.
For the ganache – In a bowl, heat the cream till it begins to boil, stirring continuously. To this add the butter and mix well.
. Take off from heat and then add in the chocolate chunks and mix well till all the chocolate melts and mixes well.
. When the cake is cooled , pour the ganache on the cake and refrigerate for it to set.
Once the cake is set, you could decorate with orange wedges or cherries or anything of your choice.