Chocolate Orange Cake for my Valentine! <3

Valentine’s Day is coming, so it’s time for me to start giving you some delicious, lovely, home-made gift suggestions.
When I think Valentine’s Day the only things that come to mind are sweets…being honest: chocolate!
I’m starting with a basic chocolate bundt cake. I wanted to give it that extra special touch, so I added orange to it. I was wondering which fruit would combine well with chocolate in a cake and orange gave me wonderful results.
What you’ll need:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa (using dark chocolate, bio cocoa)
(optional) 3/4 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup water
fresh juice from 2 oranges
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange peel
Bundt pan
Optional: Chocolate glace
3/4 cups chocolate chips (using dark chocolate ones, without sugar)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon honey (I’m using agave syrup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Procedure:
Grease the bundt pan and sprinkle with some of the cocoa powder. Set aside.
In a big bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa.
Add the yogurt (if you’re using), vanilla, water and orange juice and combine well.
(Adding the yogurt is gonna make the cake super chewy, I personally love a chewy chocolate cake, but this is up to you).
Stir in the grated orange peel and keep mixing.
Pour the mixture into the greased bundt pan and bake in a pre-heated oven to 180°C for 40 minutes.
Preparing the glace:
For the glace we’ll need to use the bain marie technique. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl positioned over a pot with boiling water.
Once melted, add the butter and combine with a spoon until butter has also melted and is very well unified with the chocolate.
Finally add the honey and vanilla extract and mix once more. The result is a semi-liquid glace that you can pour over the bundt cake.

Hope you like this recipe and enjoy it during Valentine’s day, buen provecho!
xoxo.

Opening Patrick Roger @ Sablon, Brussels!

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the first Patrick Roger chocolatier boutique in Belgium, which is now located in the Sablon area in Brussels (Place du Grand Sablon 43).
Patrick Roger is not your typical chocolatier, he’s actually considered one of the rebels of the chocolate world. He not only produces an exceptionally good variety of chocolates, but also creates magnificent sculptures out of chocolate! That’s a first one for me. He carries the Guiness World Record as the creator of the biggest Christmas tree made out of chocolate.
I got super excited the moment I got this invitation, since Sablon is one of my favorite areas in Brussels. His shop is located just in the center next to other awesome chocolate shops. He decided to keep the store in his original state, you’ll notice original paintings in the wall blend in with bricks. In the middle you’ll find one of his own creations, a 7 meter long chocolate sculpture that serves as a table to display his chocolate creations. One interesting fact is that he decorates his stores inspired in forests, so you’ll always see that contrast between brown and green colors.
For his opening in Belgium, Patrick Roger wanted to make a special entrance by appealing to one of the most loved belgian traditions: Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas). He created a chocolate sculpture from the Sint, which is now displayed at his shop in Brussels.
He talks about his creations as a lifetime investment and you can actually notice all the dedication that goes into his work. The ingredients he uses in his chocolates are so varied, have so many different origins and are rich in creative combinations.
I had the pleasure to try out some and gotta admit my favorite one was a Chimay-based truffle, quite thoughtful since Chimay is a very well known belgian beer.
I’ve prepared a short video in which I show a bit of the store, his sculptures and a short interview I had with Patrick Roger himself:

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, if you ever come to Brussels, do check out this shop! You won’t regret it.
Thanks for reading me, buen provecho!
xoxo.

Patrick Roger chocolatier (Brussels)
Pl. du Grand Sablon 43
1000 Brussels
www.patrickroger.com

Thanks a lot to Laurent from Pride for inviting me to this event and also to Sally for being my interpreter during the interview with Patrick Roger.
Really appreciate that you guys considered my blog for this inauguration!
<3