Sunday, August 17, 2008

Chocolate Orange Yogurt Cake

So as you might have guessed from my last post, this cake was not nearly as moist as the cake Deb made over at Smitten Kitchen...that's what happens when you cut out all the ingredients that make it moist! :) But it did have a great flavor & I rather liked the texture. It was light & filling at the same time, & oh so orange-y. I think everyone really enjoyed it. I did decide to frost it after all, but don't even get me started on that! The frosting doesn't look the greatest, but it complemented the cake well.

Chocolate Orange Yogurt Cake

Adapted from Ina Garten

courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup egg whites
2 teaspoons grated orange zest (approximately 1 orange)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
5 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.


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VeggieGirl said...

LOOOVE the chocolate & orange combination!

Patricia Scarpin said...

This is such a delicious combo of flavors no icing is necessary!

Sarah said...

Patricia - that's what I thought too, but I didn't know if it would be too bare for the birthday couple! I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't taste it sans icing though...

I guess that means I'll have to make it again! :)