This weekend is a time for cake with friends. Boil the kettle, curl up on the sofa and slice generous pieces of this Chocolate and Orange Marble cake onto pretty vintage plates. Talk about old times, Saturday night and how damn fine Orlando Bloom looked in The Desolation of Smaug. Because, let's be honest, Orlando Bloom should come up in most conversations.
This cake says let's spend the afternoon together, probably in pajamas. It says it's totally ok to have two slices, scrap that have at least three and keep the cups of tea coming. This cake says I'm meant to be given to friends, I'm meant to be shared and to be loved. It's nearly time to tuck in, but I have a couple of things to say about how much I love the combination of chocolate and orange - and how much I love marble cake! My sister and I used to love marble cake. We used to devour a particular marble cake from Lidl, it tasted like the best one around. Even now when I see a marble cake, I can't help but think of Josie. And as for the flavours of chocolate and orange, I'm not sure if it's a strange combination, but it is one of my favourites. Kind of weird, but also kind of wonderful. If you love these flavours then you can check out these scones I made with Cosmo last year. They're also best served in pajama bottoms and with cups of tea - like most baked goods.
Now, let's get to beating eggs and sifting flour.
For Chocolate and Orange Marble Cake you will need:
225g soft unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
5 medium eggs
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 large orange, zest and 2 tbsp juice
75g orange chocolate (I used Terry's, but you can use Lindt if you'd like to be more sophisticated than me)
Adapted from BBC GoodFood.
Begin by greasing and lining a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and preheating your oven to 180c.
Sift the flour into a bowl with the sugar, butter and beaten eggs.
Whisk together. You will need an electric whisk or guns of steel. I'd like to say I had the latter but I'd be lying. Now split the mixture into two bowls.
In one bowl, add the cocoa powder and milk. Whisk!
In the other bowl add the orange juice and zest. Then guess what? Whisk.
Now dollop the cake mixture into the loaf tin with alternate spoons. Keep going until you've used up all of the mixture.
With the skewer or the end of a spoon create a marble pattern. Don't over mix or the chocolate and orange cake mix will blur together. Bake in the oven for 50 - 55 minutes, until a skewer poked in comes out clean.
Now for the chocolate topping - this is a complicated one.
1. Grab your desired chocolate.
2. Melt your chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
3. Drizzle the chocolate over the cake after it has come out of the oven and cooled a little.
And there you have it! The chocolate topping isn't strictly necessary, but if we only ate things because they were necessary we would live in an incredibly boring, unchocolatey world.
Unnecessary, decadent, weekend, chocolate orangey goodness. Enjoy!