It’s time for another recipe! First, the recipe. Then, me blathering onward about my occasionally questionable culinary capabilities and the memories this particular treat holds for me.
- The Ingredients
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural, not dutch processed)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon orange extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup no-sugar added orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- Frosting of choice, and candied oranges or mandarin slices
- The Way of Preparing
- Preheat oven to 350°F, 177°C, gas mark 4.
- Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans with butter and line with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil (or applesauce), eggs, extracts, buttermilk, orange juice, and water until well-combined.
- Whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet and beat until well combined and no streaks of flour mixture remain.
- Divide batter between the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake on the center rack for 22-26 minutes or until the cake passes the toothpick test.
- Place cake, still in pan, on a cooling rack and allow it to come to room temperature before de-panning the cakes.
- Level and frost with frosting of choice. Enjoy!
- Store bought frosting totally works, but a good dark chocolate Swiss buttercream or chocolate cream cheese frosting is awesome, too.
- Freeze the cake after baking for ease of storage and frosting.
- I prefer using applesauce rather than oil, but that’s just a personal preference.
This recipe comes directly from Aubrey’s Kitchen. It’s one of the few that I recommend springing for a small thing of buttermilk to help make this rich cake.
Orange in this case is for prosperity and luck, good for bringing in positive energy. So this particular cake is a good pick me up after a long ritual or after a good meal.