A rich and delicious chocolate blood orange cake
What? A cake? Is this a cake? That might be what you are thinking considering the last time we posted a cake recipe was this Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Waffle Cake all the way back in June.
We apologize for the cake hiatus, but we are re-entering the cake game in a big way! This chocolate blood orange cake was well worth the wait.
This cake was the result of a very spontaneous and unnecessary trip to Trader Joe’s late one night. But let’s be real. Isn’t that what all trips to Trader Joe’s are?
I roamed the aisles looking for nothing in particular, as you do, and I stumbled upon blood oranges. Maybe I am just a sheltered individual, but I have never actually seen blood oranges in real life before! I’ve seen pictures, and heard stories about them, but that’s about it. It was like I was seeing a Unicorn for the first time. I scooped them up so fast it was like they were a new, limited edition exotic fruit that would vanish if I did not buy them right then and there.
If you’ve never had a blood orange before, they taste like a regular orange they are just a bit more bitter. (Perfect for mixing with chocolate).
Since this was apparently becoming a day of trying new things I decided I was going to candy some orange slices. I’d never attempted to do this before. Seemed complicated. Guys, its actually not. Yes, it does take like 24 hours for them to dry, so you need to make them ahead of time if you plan on using them for something specific. But, you just let them simmer in a pan for like an hour and then put them on a tray to dry. The hardest part of the whole process is just cutting the oranges into slices. And by hard I just mean it is a required step. Not actually hard.
And now, commence the cake spam. We are making up for lost cake time, so sorry for all the photos. (But not actually sorry)
Now listen, I tried really, really hard to actually make a dessert WITHOUT any chocolate ganache. Some might say we have a problem. But this cake just needed it ok!? Just look at it dripping down the sides. It’s beautiful and I have no regrets. Chocolate ganache for life.
Also, RIP to this beautiful wood slab. I got swept away in all the ganache goodness that I didn’t even care about how hard it would be to clean it off the wood after….I was just throwing ganache wherever it would go.
Definitely give this cake a try if you like rich, chocolatey desserts. Also if you like oranges. Because..well, they’re everywhere.
Recipe adapted from Box of Spice