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
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
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!