June 22, 2008

Sarah: 2008 Cooking Adventure, Week 19

I wanted to make a treat for the girls on a Tuesday night. Well, truthfully I wanted to eat cake, but luckily the girls saved me from consuming the entire cake on my own. I decided to make an Orange and Chocolate Cake from Joy the Baker (via Tastespotting).

The cake is easy to put together, since it's the same mix, split in half, then flavored (orange one half, chocolate the other). The sour cream makes it delicious and moist (ew, I hate that word) and the presentation is great for only a little work.

I didn't cook the cake quite long enough. I wish the cake hadn't fallen as a result, because it looked awesome when I first pulled it out of the oven.

I sprinkled the top of the cake with powdered sugar, but you could also leave it plain or drizzle it with icing. Either way, I'd make this again if I needed an easy dessert. Thanks, Lisa, for letting me use your bundt cake pan!

Recipe after the jump.

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake
adapted from the Gourmet Cookbook

3 1/2 cups cake flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, left at room temperature for 30 minutes
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
zest of 1 large orange
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Put rack in the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour (I just used Pam on Lisa's nonstick pan) a 12 cup Bundt pan and set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add half of flour mixture, and mix until just blended. Add sour cream, mixing until just combined, then add remaining flour mixture and mix until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly into two bowls. In one bowl add the orange zest and orange extract and stir to combine. In the other bowl add sifted cocoa powder and chocolate chips and stir to combine.

First pour the orange batter into the buttered Bundt pan, spreading it evenly around the bottom of the pan. Next, simply add the chocolate batter on top of the orange to cover. No swirling is necessary, although you can swirl the batters together if you like.

Bake until cake is springy to the touch and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from oven and cool cake in the pan for 30 minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Posted by sarah at June 22, 2008 07:47 PM

I hate the word "moist" too....really, that is my least favorite word (along with Panties)....I knew we had a lot it common...it must be and Anderson thing.

Posted by: Megan on June 22, 2008 11:11 PM

I'm so glad you tried this cake recipe! It's one of my go-to favorites. I've also had trouble with cooking bundt cakes long enough. Sometimes it's so hard to know if they're done. Glad you were able to enjoy this anyway! And you made me laugh- i know a lot of people who hate the word moist. Ha!

Posted by: Joy the Baker on June 22, 2008 11:15 PM

HA! The problem with both of those words, Megan, is I haven't found a suitable replacement. I suppose you could say "underpants" but then I feel like I'm wearing giant white monstrosities with licensed cartoon characters splayed across them. And "damp" is also an unpleasant word, plus food can't be damp. Unless you've spilled water on it, I suppose.

Joy, thank you for visiting and thanks so much for the recipe!

Posted by: sarah on June 23, 2008 09:16 AM

the ways you choose to spend your free time concerns me. In a good way. I would like to pitch an idea to Salt Lake public access, and it goes like this: you cook pastries in silence, and I sit in a lawn chair in the background (naked, of course). Upon conclusion of the desert preparation, I dress myself and consume product, while you take over on the lawn chair. I am not sure where this is going, but hopefully I have given you some things to think about. Wait: did I mention that there will be livestock involved?

Posted by: dakota fanning on June 24, 2008 02:44 AM

So glad you found inspiration via TasteSpotting! We will be back up shortly to continue inspiring you...Thanks for the love!

Posted by: love, tastespotting on June 25, 2008 01:53 PM
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