As I mentioned in a previous post, our neighbors gave us some beautiful, ripe oranges. I wanted to try to make an orange cake for a dinner party I was going to since I never have heard of one or made one before. I thought that what I came up with would be too plain so at the very last minute, I just had to add just a handful of chocolate chips…cuz, well…orange and chocolate are so great together! It was perfect. So…here is what I came up with!
Orange Cake with Chocolate Chips
***you can omit the chocolate chips, but really, why would you?***
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
6 tsp grated orange zest (3 oranges)
1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla (or sour cream)
1/4 cup fresh oj
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract
handful of chocolate chips 🙂
Grand Marnier to brush on top, optional
Sweetened whipped cream (make, don’t buy!)
finely grated orange zest
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease/spray a 8 or 9 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper that has been buttered.
Beat the butter , sugar and the zest in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, not overbeating. Stir in the greek yogurt, oj, flour and the rest of the ingredients. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Cake is finished when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool 15 minutes then turn onto a serving plate. After completely cool, flip the cake and poke holes in cake with a toothpick then brush the cake with Grand Marnier. Don’t drown it, but give it a nice SWOOSH of the liqueur.
When cool and ready to serve, slice cake and add a dollop of the sweetened whipped cream with a pinch of the finely grated orange zest on top.
What did I love about this recipe? I loved the fresh taste of the orange. Citrus desserts are just perfect for winter!