Chocolate, and orange are two flavors that live well together creating a third taste to delight your taste buds.
A mixture of two primal extracts that make us sit up and pay attention.
Orange extract and dark chocolate are a common pairing popular in many parts of the world.
Why Chocolate Orange Cake?
It was the Ancient Egyptians who were the first to develop advanced baking skills.
However, they were building the foundation for cake as we know it today.
Just goes to show how long the cake has been evolving.
From a bunch of basic ingredients to the delicate dessert of today.
These two legendary flavors have been paired for a long time given their amazing compatibility.
Going back to the confectionery first developed in 1927, orange and chocolate was an instant hit.
History Of The Orange
Interestingly enough the orange does not exist in nature, being a hybrid of two other fruits.
The orange is in fact the coming together of the pomelo fruit and the mandarin resulting in a third fruit.
The word orange comes from Sanskrit meaning orange tree (naranga).
And in a fascinating development the color orange was named after the fruit, presumably because such colors did not exist!
First grown in China and India, the orange was quickly introduced around the world.
Complex irrigation techniques were invented specifically for orange orchards.
While the orange had been introduced to the Americas through Christopher Colombus.
It was the Spanish Missionaries, and the Franciscans who began planting orange orchards in Arizona and California.
Florida eventually became a big grower due to the favorable conditions in that part of the country.
History Of Chocolate
It all started about 4000 years ago in what is present day Mexico, where chocolate was first cultivated.
Known by the Mayans as the drink of the gods, chocolate was first made into a beverage.
Enjoyed as an invigorating beverage, it was also known for its aphrodisiac properties, and for providing courage.
Eventually the cocoa plant found its way to Spain.
The Spaniards kept this special chocolate drink to themselves for almost a thousand years.
But once the secret was out it became very popular all across Europe in its beautiful sweetened form.
It was mainly the aristocracy and upper classes that consumed the cocoa drink.
Very few people of the lower classes were even familiar with this exquisite drink of the rich.
In 1828 a new invention, the chocolate press, changed chocolate consumption forever.
Eventually, the chocolate bar became commonplace all around the world
And shortly after that chocolate was being used in baking, and the making of confectionery.
How To Make Chocolate Orange Cake
As usual first preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well with each addition, then add orange zest, and set aside.
Add the unsweetened cocoa powder to the sugar mixture and stir in well.
Add the dry ingredients to the sugar and chocolate mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.
Pour the batter into prepared eight inch pans to create two cake layers.
Bake in the preheated oven until done; about 35 to 40 minutes.
Place the orange cake onto cooling racks, run a knife around the edge of the cake, and allow to cool to room temperature.
Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe
For the Cake
For the Cake
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- Add the vegetable oil, orange zest and orange blossom water
- Add the cocoa powder.
- Alternating the dry mixture and the buttermilk add to the sugar and cocoa mixture.
- Divide batter between two prepared 8 inch cake pans.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool cake to room temperature before removing from the pan.