I love the gorgeous tint that blood oranges have and I was looking forward to making a recipe with them. I find the combination of orange and chocolate delicious, and to give it a little kick I added one chili. This is not meant to be spicy; you just feel a little tingling on the tongue at the end. And I felt it more the day after. After that I don’t know because we finished it on the second day. It is a very simple, soft and no-fuzz cake.
This cake is for a 21cm cake mold.
For the cake:
1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of cocoa powder
¾ cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
2 egg yolks
1 ½ cup of sugar
Zest of 1 orange
1 bird’s eye chili, chopped (I used a 5 cm long chili)
For the orange part:
1 or 2 blood oranges, sliced into about 1/2 cm slices
½ cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup of orange juice
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line the bottom of the cake mold with parchment paper.
Once the oven is hot, start to prepare the cake batter. Sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Chop the chili with the orange zest, until it is very fine. Then place the zest and chili in a large bowl along with the sugar. Whisk it on low speed for 30 seconds to allow the oils to come out. Then add the egg and egg yolks, and whisk until it is all incorporated. Add the vegetable oil, milk and vinegar. Finally add the dry ingredients and whisk until it is well combined.
To make the orange part, place the butter, sugar and orange juice in a large pan over medium heat. Let it cook for about 3 minutes until the sugar dissolves, swirling the pan around. Carefully pour it into the prepared cake mold and arrange the orange slices on top of the caramel. Press a bit so that the orange slices stick to it.
Then carefully pour over the cake batter.
Bake it for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Let it cool for 5 minutes in the mold and then carefully run a knife through the edges of the cake and turn it upside down on a serving platter.