Saturday, 22 January 2011

Chocolate Chunk and Orange Cake

This is a variation on the Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe which wasn't so successful the last time I tried it with added blueberries and apple. I wondered then if the problem wasn't the extra rich yogurt I was using, with around 10% fat levels, so this time I used 100g buttermilk, 100g of the same yogurt as last time and 50g semi-skimmed milk to make up the volume needed (250mls). I also used only 100g oil, as I realised that weighing out 125g was probably giving me more than the 125mls called for in the recipe. This time I baked the cake in a 8" (20cm) round tin, and it cooked in 55 minutes.

The result was a much more acceptable texture - more open and cake-like than before, and quite moist, although light too. Not perfect, and there were a few random large air bubbles which I'd prefer not to see, but much better than before.

The basic cake batter: 200g plain flour, 2tsp baking powder, 1/2 teaspn salt, 200g caster sugar, 250g natural wholemilk yogurt, 3 eggs, 100g sunflower oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. To this I added the finely grated zest of a large orange and 150g of chopped plain (74%) chocolate,

The method is simple - sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. I added the orange zest to the flour mix after sifting and whisked it in. Whisk the sugar, yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil together until smooth, then fold in the flour mixture. Finally fold in any solid additions - in this case the chocolate chunks.

Bake at 180C, until a test probe comes out clean - around 50 minutes. Cool for about 20 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack until completely cold.

I look forward to trying other flavour variations of this cake in future, and maybe even trying fresh fruit again, now that the 'yogurt question' seems to be answered.

9 comments:

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

it looks quite bready or brioche-like... which is a lovely texture for a cake and I love the choc/orange combinations... lovely x

Lisa said...

Your cake looks nice and fluffy and that orange chocolate combo sounds like a delicious choice for it. I have a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up or another sweet treat if you wish. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

Chele said...

So practice does make perfect. Lovely flavour combo and it looks perfect!

C said...

Really glad you've managed to make a more successful incarnation of the cake - this one looks really delicious.

I really like chocolate and orange as a flavour combo - what did the CT think of this one?

Suelle said...

C - chocolate and orange is one of CT's favorite flavour combinations. We used to buy chocolate oranges instead of Easter Eggs when the children were younger (plain chocolate, of course!)

Choclette said...

This cake looks and sounds delicious Suelle - glad you cracked it 2nd time around. I do like the look of the white sponge and chocolate flecks - lovely.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Yum I like the look of this. Cakes that are light yet moist are the best

celia said...

The cake looks delicious and much less stodgy than last time, Suelle - glad it's passed the CT test! :)

Katie said...

That looks wonderful and I love its speckled appearance. I little burst of flavour in every bite