chocolate orange heaven

A delicious chocolate and orange cake for a delightful Mother's Day in sunny California.  It was a quick make mixing all the dry and then adding the wet ingredients. I decided to put this cake into a loaf tin instead of a round tin and it's worked out nicely.  I used wholemeal flour but I reckon you could use a combination of almond meal and any other type of flour too.  I was also thinking to exchange the eggs for a cup of Greek Yogurt, i will try that and let you know how it goes :)

In the meantime, here are the ingredients.  i like this cake as it's not very sweet, you could make it sweeter by adding more dates or a 1/4 cup of maple syrup if you like it sweet.  it's crumbly and light and not a dense cake like the brownies, the orange also lifts it a lot.

  • 2 cups whole meal flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 20 mejool dates
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • tablespoon of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of marmalade
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs

Put all the dry ingredients into a big bowl.  In a blender put the dates, orange juice, boiling water and marmalade ( I used the hot water to help melt the dates into a paste) blend until you get a nice paste.  Add the eggs and oil and combine.  Mix all the wet into the dry until all mixed together.  It will look rather thick and you will have to scoop it out into the tray rather than just pour it.  Put in the oven for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean on 350F / 180c.

Enjoy with ice cream :)