Chocolate Orange Cake

This is the nicest cake that I have made but I don’t make it too often as it takes a bit more time than others. Well worth it in the end though!

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Ingredients

Serves 8

200g Butter (room temperature)
400g Caster sugar
4 oranges – grate the zest and then juice
5 medium beaten eggs
100g plain flour
300g Ground almond
pinch of salt
150g bar of Dark chocolate
1 tbsp Maple syrup
100g Butter

Preheat the oven to 160/gas mark 3 and grease a 24cm cake tin.

Mix the butter and 300g of the sugar ( the rest is for a syrup) and all the orange zest and mix until combined. Add half of the almonds and mix together before gradually adding the eggs stirring as you add. Add the flour, salt and the rest of the almonds and mix until smooth. Put into the cake tin and bake for around 50 – 60 minutes until cooked through making sure not to overcook it.

When the cake is cooling combine the other 100g of sugar, squeezed orange juice in a small pan and bring to the boil until it is a syrup. poke some holes in the cake with a skewer then pour the syrup over the top making sure it all soaks in and leave to cool.

When the cake is cool make the chocolate topping by melting the chocolate, butter and maple syrup in a glass heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring until it is all liquid. Pour all over the cooled cake making sure you completely cover it with the chocolate and then put in the fridge to cool until the chocolate sets solid.

Slice up and serve with cream or ice cream and try not to remember the sheer amount of calories and naughtiness that went into it!!

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