And a very Happy Birthday goes to one lucky person…
Vienna 2008, first trip together!
Happy 24th Birthday Mattia!
Since we are still in Norway and I couldn’t really make him a cake for his birthday I made one in advance, for the weekend we spent together before leaving for Tromso.
As you know, I love the combination of orange and chocolate together and thought of making a chocolate – orange cake.
I know, I know, I shouldn’t be making my favourite cake on someone else’s birthday…
…but it did come out awesome, so that makes up for it, right? 😀
Chocolate Orange Cake
2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup oil
2 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 – 4 oranges
1 tbsp brown sugar
I only cut the cake in two layers, because I wasn’t expecting it to rise so much while cooking. Next time I will probably cut it in three layers and double the filling, to have a stronger orange taste.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine together in a bowl juice, sugar and oil and whisk well.
In a different bowl mix all dry ingredients, then add the dry to the wet, stirring well.
Place in a oiled pan and cook for 40 minutes, until the toothpick comes out dry.
Allow cake to cool down.
Meanwhile prepare the filling; peel and chop the oranges and put them along with the sugar in a sauce pan. Cook for 20-30 minutes on medium low, stirring often. If you prefer, you can skip this part and simply use orange marmalade.
Once the cake has cooled down, cut it in 2-3 layers and cover with the orange filling.
Finish the cake off with a awesome yet weird ganasche
1 1/2 avocado flesh
150 g. chocolate, melted.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Puree the avocado, add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder, stir well. cover the cake with the ganasche.
Although I thought I could taste the avocado Mattia couldn’t guess it was the secret ingredient and couldn’t detect it after I told him what it was. It may seem a bit weird to use avocado, but the result is really good. Just make sure to keep the cake refrigerated at all times to avoid spoiling of the avocado and finish it as quickly as possible…not that I think that could be a problem! 😉