Chocolate cake made with simple ingredients: chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs. The chocolate is complemented with orange zest and candied oranges.
The candies add sweetness and a reminiscence of nuts. This cake is dense, rich, and decadent.
Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake
For the cake:
7 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips*
14 tbsp (1 ¾ sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup candied orange (I used Paradise Candied Fruit)
Zest of 1/2 orange
For the ganache:
1/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Additional orange zest, to top
*7 oz of chocolate chips is about 1 cup plus 2 tbsp
1. Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch springform cake pan.
2. In the bowl of a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Once it is almost completely melted add the butter and sugar. Once the mixture is blended, transfer to a larger bowl and let sit for a couple minutes. Whip in the eggs, vanilla, and flour. Transfer to the cake pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the cake is puffy and the middle is only slightly jiggly.
3. Make the Ganache: Once cake is cooled, make the ganache. Place the cream in a heat-proof cup. Place in the microwave in 15 second increments, until cream is about to boil. Add the chocolate chips and let sit for one minute. Then, stir until the chocolate completely melts into the cream. Allow the ganache to cool for 10 minutes, then pour onto the cake. Spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the orange zest on top to decorate.
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