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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake ~ Sweet and Simple Bakes Monthly Baking Event.




The first of the month means time to present ‘Sweet and Simple Bakes Monthly Baking Event’. It was my turn to choose a tried and tested recipe this month. I presented a recipe that I have been baking for years and a huge favourite of my family “Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake”. This loaf cake has three elements to it but I assure don’t let that put you off as it remains a sweet & simple bake. The first element is the orange sponge loaf the second being the wonderful orange drizzle and thirdly a topping of chocolate. I know this is such a classic combination of flavours that never cease to lose their appeal. This would make a great teatime cake cut into slices and served with a lovely cup of tea – perfect!






Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake


Ingredients

For The cake
175g (6 oz) softened butter
175g (6 oz) caster (super fine) sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp milk
For The Orange Syrup
Juice of 1 orange
100g (4 oz) granulated sugar
For The Topping
50g (2 oz) dark chocolate or milk chocolate – your choice
Sprinkles of choice (optional)

You will need a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin – greased with a little butter and lined with greaseproof paper or non-stick baking paper.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

In a mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar and beat together until light and fluffy in appearance. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well until fully incorporated. Add the orange zest, flour and milk and fold in gently with a spatula or large metal spoon. Turn into the prepared tin, smooth the top of the mixture and bake in the oven on middle shelf 35 -45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. When cool make little holes in the cake with a skewer, (this is important for pouring the syrup onto the cake to ensure the syrup soaks in fully.)

For The Orange Syrup

Put the orange juice and granulated sugar into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for a couple of minutes. Pour over the top of the cake. When all the juice has soaked in, carefully remove the cake from the tin.

For The Topping

Melt the chocolate by placing a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted, pour over the top of the cake. Either smooth the top over with a spatula or make a little pattern with the prongs of a fork. Add sprinkles if desired, leave chocolate to set before cutting into the cake.

Lastly slip into the sublime world of chocolate orange drizzle passion, and eat your heart out on a slice or two.......mmmmmmmm.....



Please do call by Sweet and Simple Bakes, view our round-up of our other bakers; also, if you would like to join in our monthly bake, we would be most delighted to have you join in and bake with us – everyone is welcome!



50 comments:

Liz said...

Wow! A cake with orange syrup and chocolate topping. I love it!

Sanghi said...

Orange cake with choco topping, a simple but yummy cake rosie.. U rock dear!

Ann said...

Rosie,the loaf looks perfect though am not into chocos..made the day..yummy

Wonk said...

This was such super choice!

Without exception everyone who tasted mine commented about it being nice - I've never been so popular, LOL.

Thanks so much for sharing Rosie, definitely a keeper :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Simple, but oh so tempting and delicious! A great cake!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jamie said...

This looks so luscious, moist and yummy! And adding the chocolate frosting to this orange loaf cake sounds amazing!

sowmya said...

looks delciious..i have to give a miss this time too..maybe in september now..

Donna-FFW said...

The combination of chocolate and orange sounds so very delicious.I love family tried and true recipes, they always work!!!

Maria said...

Chocolate and orange, yum! Looks like a great loaf cake!

The Girl said...

This worked an absolute dream and tastes gorgeous.

Can't wait to get home from work and post mine up!!

Mary said...

Rosie i love it , gonna copy your recipe so i can make it , thanks!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks Liz a simple drizzle cake to make but packs great flavour :0)

Hi Sanghi, I’m a rocking honey all the way to the mixer ;0)

Hi Ann, the choccie coating could be left off and it would still make a great drizzle cake :0)

Hi Wonk, I am SO pleased you enjoyed this month’s bake and such compliments now doesn’t that feel just as good as baking the cake ;0)

Ahhh thanks Rosa as always you are so kind :0)

Hi Jamie thanks for visiting and lovely to *see* you here a warm welcome to B.C.G.

Hi Sowmya, it will be lovely to have you join us again when possible :0)

Hi Donna-FFW, me too. Family recipes seem always work well. :0)

Thank you Maria :0)

The Girl, yippee I can’t wait to view your cake. So pleased it worked out well.

Hi Mary, I hope this bake becomes as popular in your home as it is in mine – enjoy :0)

Thank you my dearest friends for popping by and also for your very kind words – you all rock!!
Rosie x

Katie said...

Ohh that looks so good and lovely and moist. I'm a recent choc & orange convert so will have to try this

HannahBanana aka Amanda said...

Yum! Great flavor combo! Looks so rich and would be great with tea...or coffee...or juice...or milk...mmmmmmmm!

The Blonde Duck said...

I think you'd be an absolute ball to hang out with.

Maria said...

Rosie, it looks heavenly! Love the orange syrup and that chocolate topping is irresistible. Beautiful loaf!

Karine said...

That looks sooo chocolate! Oragen and chocolate together are a perfect match!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious! I've never had orange cake with chocolate icing. It sounds wonderful!

Anitha said...

Hey Rosie,
The orange cake with chocolate is sooooo....tempting!!

Bunny said...

I have to bring dessert on the 4th and was wondering what to make, this is it!! It looks so moist and who could resist the flavors! Thank you Rosie!!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Gorgeous flavours Rosie & a stunning cake. The combination of these flavours always rocks!! Couldn't get better than this orang + chocolate in a cake=YUM!!

Gloria said...

Dear Rosie this cake look absolutely wonderful! nice! beauty! xxxGloria

Uma said...

mmm. that's a delicious and tempting cake :)

Arundathi said...

Rosie - that looks delicious! Thanks for an awesome bake. Looking forward to the next one.

Yael said...

Cake looks and sounds yummy! Love the combination of chocolate and orange. I will definitely be joining you on next month's bake. Looking forward to it!

HFJ said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for this month's recipe - it was a great cake to make. Yours looks fab.

Heatherfeather said...

I am glad I was able to join you this month baking this yummy cake. It was really good :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi HannanBanana – I do love that name :0) Thank you & this cake would be great served with any form of drink, mine would have to be a good cup of tea – so very English I know but that is what I was brought up on, the good old cuppa *giggle*

Hi Duckie, teehee I’d have to sneak a piece of cake in my hand bag for us on our night out *wink**wink* :0)

Hi Maria, ahhhh thanks sweetie – the combos are very good on the taste buds if I may be so bold to say it myself :0)

Hi Karine, I do hope you will try this recipe out sometime – you’d love it if you like the choccie orange combo :0)

Hi Jerri, thanks sweetie and it certainly is a must try of a bake :0)
Thanks so much Anitha :0)

Hi Bunny, *huge smile on Rosie’s face here* This would be perfect for the 4th July dessert – any chance of a wee slice ;0)

Hi Deeba, a huge compliment coming from such an accomplished baker as yourself – thank you sweetie :0)

Ahhhh thank you SO much my ‘dear’ Gloria :0)

Thanks Uma you are so sweet and kind :0)

Hi Arundathi, thanks sweetie and I’m SO pleased you enjoyed this month’s bake @ S&SB – rock on until tomorrow – the new bake will be on show :0)
Hi Yeal, It will be great to have you come and bake @ S&SB – looking forward to that :0)

Hi HFJ, it’s a pleasure to visit and I’m pleased you enjoyed this bake this month :0)

Hi Heather, so pleased you could bake with us – your loaf cake looked amazing :0)

Thank you my dearest friends for popping by and also for your very kind words – you all rock!!
Rosie x

applecrumbles said...

You are so right - what a great tea time cake.

Elra said...

Your Chocolate Orange Drizzle Loaf Cake sounds wonderful. I love how moist it looks.

Donna Childree Gotlib said...

Chocolate Orange Drizzle looks like a hit. I am putting this one on my list, and forwarding it to my sister.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I love the way you did your chocolate frosting on top! :D

Sugar said...

orange and chocolate will never go wrong..they are a good combination...this cake was so moist and tasty...will make people carving for more....

Gale Reeves said...

Another great recipe choice. Thanks!

Gale Reeves said...

It would be fun to see a list of city and country of those participating in this monthly bake. How amazing that we can come together from all over the world and bake. Thanks for organizing this event!

Justin said...

i always seem to read about pairing chocolate and orange together, but I've never tried it at home. might have to remedy that.

Nicisme said...

I am a fan of drizzle cakes, and adding chocolate makes this one better!

burpandslurp said...

wow...how enticing with the words "orange drizzle"...Bet it just perfumed the whole house while baking in the oven!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Goodness me, that looks wickedly good!

Grace said...

i think orange and chocolate is a fabulous combination that isn't used nearly often enough. great moist and tasty cake, rosie!!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Many thanks my friends for all you lovely comments! A warm welcome to all my new friends here @ B.C.G. I do hope you will call by again and sample my sweet bakes :0) The combo of orange and chocolate is an amazing pairing of flavours it certainly does work extremely well.

Hi Gale – we did think about asking re- locations before, however, I gather some bloggers like to keep personal details like locations out of print. It’s a pleasure being part of S&SB, teehee , I get to bake along with all you lovely S&SB bakers :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Ingrid said...

While my children would love those apple cinnamon muffins I'm more of a cake lover and this loaf cake looks GREAT! I've been wanting to try the orange and chocolate flavors together.
~ingrid

Cakelaw said...

I would very much like a slice of this wonderful cake with my tea right now.

Kevin said...

Orange and chocolate is such a nice flavour combo and thenes cake looks great!

Talita said...

Wow! What a delicious cake!! Thanks for sharing it! You have a great blog!

James said...

Well the lemon drizzle was nice, but this takes it to whole new levels!

Maria♥ said...

Rosie, thanks so much for submitting this wonderful recipe. This has now entered our top 10 fave list in my home. Your cake turned out beautiful, as do all your bakes!

Maria
x

Bridgett said...

Oh wow, I love the combination of orange with a bit of chocolate!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thank you my friends how kind of you all :0)

Hi Talita, a warm welcome to my little blog and lovely to *meet* you :0)

Rosie x

Neil said...

Hi Rosie, I'm new to baking, but I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious, thank you. Love the blog.