Chocolate cake with orange and walnuts

Chocolate cake with orange and walnuts

By 28/03/2012

Whilst dusting my books yesterday I was inspired by a couple of cakes recipes and because I liked them both I decided to combine them into one "creation". The result was a rich chocolate cake with a hint of orange and lots of crunchy walnuts which gave it quite interesting texture and made it a bit different to the classic chocolate cake.

I covered it in dark chocolate and toasted flaked almonds. A little whipped cream gave it the final touch.
Very pleased with the result, I will make this again.

  • Prep Time : 1 hour minutes
  • Cook Time : 1h 10 min

Ingredients

Instructions

In a bowl work the butter with the sugar to a cream consistency. Add the yolks, the vanilla, the orange zest and essence, the crushed walnuts and the salt. Stir it all in.
Put 150 g of dark chocolate in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bowl. The heat will melt the chocolate nicely.

Then add it to the mixture stirring it all well in. Add the flour and the milk. Beat the white of the eggs to a very firm consistency and add them, incorporating gently, to the mixture. You should get a batter that falls heavily from the spoon, not too runny, not too thick.
Pour it in a round cake tin (about 23 cm diam) and bake for 60-70 minutes in a hot oven at 170C.  You can check if it is cooked by sticking a toothpick into the centre of the cake. The toothpick should come out clean if the cake is cooked otherwise leave it in for a little longer.

For the topping:
Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down.
In a saucepan heat 125 ml of cream and just before it comes to the boil add the finely chopped chocolate until it melts completely. Pour it all over the cake and around the edges and spread it well. With a rubber spatula you can make a wavy pattern or if you prefer a more smooth surface you can level it well with a long knife.

Toast the almonds in a pan a little and let them cool down.

Put a plenty of almonds on a plastic spatula and press it firmly over the edges of the cake until they  stick to the chocolate.

Whip the cream, fill a syringe and decorate the cake as you like.

chocolate and orange cake

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34 Responses to Chocolate cake with orange and walnuts

  1. simple baking

    oooooooh love it love it love it! the texture looks great and I super like the combo of oranges and chocolate

  2. Rita

    Just beautful! must taste heavenly.Rita

  3. Gloria

    Alida look delicious I love all with almonds lol

  4. ramya

    Love the glossy frosting…you can almost see yourself in it!!

  5. Pegasuslegend

    nice job making a grown woman lick a computer screen OMG this looks fabulous!!!!!

  6. La cucina di Molly

    Ma che meraviglia,è buonissima così tutta cioccolatosa, brava!Ciao

  7. Anu

    You have decorated very nicely. Love the slice of almonds and choclatey,,,,,,,,

  8. Lauralovescakes

    A great creation and this cake looks so decadent! An interesting combination of orange and walnut too! 🙂

  9. MaryMoh

    Mmmmm….that looks so delicious! The texture looks so fine and moist. Thanks very much for sharing.

  10. Javelin Warrior

    I LOVE that you made this all from scratch and it's so beautiful – this would be the perfect treat for a party or holiday feast! Very lovely and yet perfectly rustic…

  11. Max

    Un mix fantastico per una torta davvero golosa. Molto bella nella presentazione…ciao.

  12. Helen Gr

    Good morning!Amazing torta recipe! I love the combination!It is well done, like a flower!

  13. Lenia

    Questa torta e un capolavoro!Bravissima,carina!Un bacione da Grecia!

  14. LAURA

    Che bella presentazione per questa golosissima torta molto ricca!!!Baci

  15. maha

    this looks so tempting n just awesome!u done it perfectly..nice.Maha

  16. Marina Momotok

    Oh my this is mouthwatering 🙂 Looks to good not to try, thanks for sharing!!!

  17. Catherine

    Dear Alida, I am sure that you would be pleased with the results of such a beautiful and delicious looking cake. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  18. Marina

    Wow, Alida, this is a fantastic cake! Lovely decoration!

  19. Rosita Vargas

    OMG…una torta espectacular amo las almendras y el chocolate,fabulosa decoración,abrazos y abrazos.

  20. Carmen Anderson

    What a beautiful cake, looks so rich and yummy! I love the almonds and chocolate! Will try this recipe soon 🙂

  21. All That I'm Eating

    This looks so good! You've put in so much effort and I bet it tastes great.

  22. Veronica Cervera

    Must be delicious!Have a great Sunday,Vero

  23. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    Wow! These looks amazing & what great combo! Awesome! 🙂

  24. Carmen Anderson

    Alida,I really love your blog and I am pleased to tell you that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Happy Blogger Award. Please check out my latest post to receive your award! Have a great day! Carmen

  25. Words Of Deliciousness

    This sounds delicious and the cake looks amazing.

  26. Giovanna

    Una vera delizia! Cioccolato, nocciole e mandorle è un tris troppo goloso! ^-^Un bacione

  27. Kiara

    Ciao Alida! Prima di tutto ti faccio tanti complimenti per il tuo splendido blog! E altrettanti per questa meravigliosa torta! Da urloooooo!!!!! Colgo l'occasione per farti anche tantissimi auguri per una Pasqua serena! Bacione!

  28. Amy (Savory Moments)

    What a lovely combination of flavors you have in this cake – pretty, too!

  29. ISO Certification

    Can't wait to try this recipe. I'll make these for my mom and my brothers and sister. They will be so happy about this.

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