Dark Chocolate Orange Cake, an easy delicious healthy dark chocolate cake recipe. With a creamy cream cheese frosting. The perfect dessert.
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Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake, an easy delicious healthy dark chocolate cake recipe. With a creamy cream cheese frosting. The perfect dessert.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 703kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 10 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (good quality brand) (300 grams)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (170 grams)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt (175 grams)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (100 grams)
  • 2 cups flour (240 grams)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (15 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2.5 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (2.8 grams)

FOR THE FROSTING

  • 1 1/2 cups cream (360 grams)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (I used light cream cheese) (187.5 grams)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon powdered/icing sugar (39.05 grams)
  • zest from 1/2 orange (if desired)

CANDIED ORANGE PEELS

  • Peel of 1 orange thinly sliced
  • Peel of 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/4 cup water (60 grams)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 340° (170° celsius) lightly grease and flour 2 8 inch cake pans (20 centimeters).

FOR THE CAKE

  • Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boilng water (make sure bowl does not touch the water)when almost melted remove from heat and stir until smooth. Let cool.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar and zest until light and fluffy (approximately 5 minutes). Add yogurt and combine then slowly drizzle in the oil and combine until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add to yogurt mixture and combine, then add melted cooled chocolate and combine. Spoon into prepared cake pans and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes (or until toothpick comes out dry and clean). Let cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING

  • In a large bowl whip cream until soft peaks appear, then add cream cheese, sugar and zest continue to beat until thick.

CANDIED ORANGE PEELS

  • Place peel in a small pot of water, enough to cover the peels, bring to a boil, drain and repeat two more times.
  • Mix together sugar and water in a small pot, simmer on medium heart for approximately 8 minutes, add the peel and lower heat to minimum and continue on a soft simmer for approximately 40 minutes, do not stir, swirl the pot a few times if necessary to combine. Drain the peels (reserve the syrup for future use), roll the peel in sugar and place on a wire rack to dry, approximately 1-2 hours (could be more depending on the temperature of your home). Frost cake and decorate. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5.1mg