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    Blush orange & dark chocolate cake

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Serves: 10-12


    3 blush oranges, scrubbed, zest and juice
    250g golden caster sugar
    250g unsalted butter, softened
    200g self-raising flour
    50g ground almonds
    1 tsp baking powder
    5 large eggs
    100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped

    200g icing sugar, sifted
    1 blush orange, scrubbed, zest and juice


    1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm round cake tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, combine 3 tbsp of the orange juice with all the cake ingredients except for the chocolate (and remaining juice). Whisk with electric beaters for 1 minute until pale, smooth, and creamy. Fold in the chocolate. Pour this cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool. Use a skewer to poke holes all over the top of the cake, then drizzle over the remaining orange juice.

    2 When the cake is almost cool, make the icing. In a bowl, combine the icing sugar and 50ml orange juice and mix to make a smooth paste, adding more icing sugar if it’s too runny. Drizzle the icing over the cake, scatter with the orange zest and serve warm or at room temperature. 

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