This divine gluten free cake is a slight modification of a recipe given to me by the lovely Libby. Also known as Jaffa Cake, a reference which will be familiar to both Australians and Poms. It’s labour intensive, and there’s loads of washing up afterwards, but on the plus side, there’s a couple of chocolatey bowls, spoons and spatulas to lick out, as well as chocolate cake heaven at the end.
2 navel or Valencia oranges (they need to be thin skinned, not too much white pith)
200g (7oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) broken in small pieces
100g (4oz) unsalted butter, chopped
8 eggs (Yes, it’s a lot. Yes, you need them all)
300g (10oz) caster (fine) sugar (I keep a vanilla pod in mine for baking)
375g (13oz) almond meal
1 tbsp cocoa (not drinking chocolate, the good stuff)
The night before, put the oranges in a deep pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Throw out the water, cool the oranges and refrigerate overnight.
Next day, preheat the oven to 180C/325F. Grease and line a 24cm cake tin with baking parchment. Put the 2 cooked and cooled oranges in a blender or food processor and blitz till pureed. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be very careful not to allow any water into the chocolate mixture or it will seize. When melted and mixed together, set aside to cool a little. Using a stand mixer – or electric hand mixer – with whisk attachment, beat the caster sugar and eggs together on medium for 5 minutes until thick and pale and the mixture ‘ribbons’. (This is when a trail is left when you dribble a bit of the mixture across the surface). Add chocolate mixture, almond meal and cocoa, and mix on low speed till combined. Fold in the orange puree with a spoon or spatula – do not beat. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45 minutes, or till a knife or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean (it’s going to depend on how hot your oven is). Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then remove from pan and cool completely. Dust the top with a little more cocoa. Serve with lots of whatever artery clogging dairy product takes your fancy.
It’s supposed to serve 6-8….