Try this moist, vegan Chocolate Orange cake
Well I had all the intention to update my blog many moons ago but here we are, three months later. I do have a good excuse though: we finally (FINALLY) moved into our new house! We could not be happier, or exhausted. Mainly happy of course :) This was a near five-year journey and while it’s been worth it, I don’t want to look at a house plan again!
It took a good month to settle into our house, and it’s only in the last few weeks that I started to feel at home. Until then, my brand spanking new Bosch appliances were basically wall art. I’d been oddly hesitant to use them. Mind you, after the move I was too tired to do much more than cut up fruit and pour a cup of tea in our gorgeous new kitchen.
After three years of using fairly average ovens and cooktops in rental homes, you’d think I would have been champing at the bit. In fact, I actually needed another session at the Bosch Brand Experience Centre to finally get my baking and cooking mojo back. I attended a session earlier in the year but now that I had my suite of ovens, I needed another nudge to get me going.
Fast forward two weeks and I am loving my ovens. Yes, ovens. I have a main 600mm oven, a combination microwave/convection oven, and a steam oven! I also have two warming drawers which my husband insisted on having to complete the look (one drawer would have left a vacant space under one of the shorter appliances…). I scoffed at this but I take back all my misgivings as the drawers are awesome! You can even slow cook meat in them!
I look forward to spending the Christmas and New Year break getting to know my ovens better. I tend to be a better blogger over school holidays so hopefully I’ll get a few new recipes happening this summer. On top of all that, I have a long awaited project to get underway which I hope will really flourish in 2017 as it’s something very dear to me. More about that another time.
For now, I present a simple vegan chocolate and orange cake which I made as a belated birthday offering to my vegan work friend. It’s based on the whole orange cake recipe that many people may be familiar with. I used two small oranges initially but I think one good sized one is enough. I steamed my orange for 30 minutes (using my steam oven of course). It’s not necessary to steam or boil the orange but I think doing so does mellow out the rind so you get less of an orange punch in your cake.
For the frosting, I tried agave sugar in place of icing sugar which worked out nicely and required less sugar overall. And yes, I had a bit of whipped cream with this vegan chocolate orange cake (since I’m not actually vegan), but it’s perfectly delicious on its own too. Or try it with cashew nut cream :)
- One whole medium orange (or two small oranges)
- 60g dark chocolate
- 80g vegan margarine (butter is fine if non-vegan)
- 150g almond meal
- 50g self-raising flour
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 100g white sugar (or preferred equivalent)
- ½ tsp of vanilla bean
- Cut the top of orange off and steam for 30 minutes on stove top, steam oven or Thermomix (make sure you have enough water in TMX bowl). Allow to cool.
- Place chocolate and margarine in TMX bowl and melt content on 37C, Speed 1 until well combined. Alternatively, melt ingredients together with double boiler, or via induction cooktop or microwave. Allow chocolate mixture to cool.
- Add cooled orange to TMX and blitz on Speed 10 for a few seconds until ingredients are well combined and fairly smooth. If chocolate mixture was not melted in the TMX, add to pureed orange mixture. Orange can be pureed in food processor if not using the Thermomix.
- Add almond meal, flour, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla to TMX bowl or food processor. Combine well on Speed 4 for a few seconds.
- Pre-heat oven to 170C (335F) or 150C (300F) for fan-forced. Line a small/medium (18cm wide) round cake tin with baking paper, or grease the tin well.
- Pour cake mixture into cake tin, spreading evenly. Bake cake for one hour. After one hour, place a skewer in centre. If skewer comes out fairly clean (no raw mixture), then the cake is ready. Texture of cake when cooled will be quite moist due to orange.
- For icing, mix one Tbsp of cocoa powder with ½ cup of icing sugar or agave sugar, and ½ cup of vegan margarine. Combine until smooth by hand, Thermomix or food processor.