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chocolate-orange cake with intense ganache

by on June 1, 2010

i had made this cake before in cupcake form, so i was curious to try it as a cake. this was for my nana’s end-of-birthday-month bash, so i wanted to knock this bad boy out of the park.

i decided that orange would be what made this cake so much more than just a cake.

also, i JUST decided that i’ll show the baking of the cake here, and the ganache and the…ganaching….in two other posts

mix together two cups sugar

with two cups flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

in a pan, melt together 2 sticks of butter with 4 giant tablespoons of cocoa. i think i was supposed to melt the butter, THEN add the cocoa, but it seems to me that heating the two at the same time…melds them together, almost, leading to a richer chocolate flavor.

pour 1 cup boiling water into the chocolate mixture, let it boil for about 30 seconds…

pour the chocolate mixture over the flour mixture, and stir a little bit – so it’s just mixed together, and cooled a bit.

hmmm, i think this is eggs. or orange juice. no idea. let’s say this is two eggs, beaten.

then you add 1/2 cup buttermilk.

and add in 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

add the wet ingredients to the chocolate/flour mixture, and stir. pour into a prepared pan (i used a 9×9 pan, greased, with parchment paper on the bottom.

the cake comes out after…well, a long time. 35-45 minutes. or so. maybe. ish. just until the cake is not wiggly, and mostly passes the toothpick test.

with the exception of a couple nicks, this cake came out beautifully. tune in soon for the ganache recipe!!

xo

the baking goddess

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