Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges and a Chocolate Ganache icing. Simple, moist, flavorful and absolutely scrumptious! 

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Hi friends, this is one of the most delicious chocolate cakes I’ve ever had –Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges. Truly!

Make it with love in your heart, and it will be magic.

Is it possible to weave a love spell into food?  I’d like to believe so.

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Ingredients in Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 tablespoons for dusting pan
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 4-5 Blood oranges (1 cup blood orange juice plus zest of two blood oranges) you can sub regular orange juice.
  • ¼ cup triple sec, or orange liquor
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering pan
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ( or fine pastry flour)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10-inch bundt pan ( 3 quart-4 quart)

Chocolate Ganache Icing:

  • 1 heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk (or cream)

Blood orange syrup- optional

  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar

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How to make Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

Butter the bundt pan very well (take your time to do this well) then dust with cocoa powder, knocking out excess.

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Heat coffee, orange juice, zest, orange liquor, vanilla, butter, in a medium heavy saucepan over moderate heat, whisking, until butter is melted, then whisk in a cup of cocoa powder.

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Remove from heat, then add both kinds of sugar and whisk until dissolved, about 1 minute. Let cool.

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While the chocolate mixture cools, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

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Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, then, temper the eggs by pouring a little of the melted cocoa butter mixture to the eggs, whisking, a tablespoon at a time, to gradually warm them. After about 4 tablespoons, add this into the cooling chocolate mixture and whisk well.

Add the chocolate-egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly).

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Pour batter into the greased and cocoa dusted bundt pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

Cool cake completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours. Loosen cake from pan using tip of a dinner knife, then invert rack over pan and turn cake out onto rack.

 

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Melt the chocolate chips and milk in a small pot over very low heat. Whisk until combined, then pour over the cake.

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To make the syrupy blood orange slices – very thinly slice one blood orange. Place in a pot with one cup water and simmer 20 minutes, until water has reduced to about ¼ cup and orange peel becomes tender. Add in sugar, and stir until dissolved.

Squeeze the juice of the other orange( I used ½) into the mix, and simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Taste, add more sugar if you want. Let this cool. Spoon over the cake after cutting into it, topping with a blood orange slice.

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On the homefront: It has been a hard week.  The love story that follows is quite sad, so I caution you now, to skip to the recipe if you don’t have it in you.  I totally understand.

I made this decadent Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Bundt Cake last Saturday, not knowing then how much I would end up needing it in the days to come. The next day, my dad passed away, and piece by piece, it’s been nurturing me this week.

In the end, I loved him. More than I ever thought possible. It took a long time for this to happen, to heal the wounds of childhood, to find forgiveness, and slowly untie the knots in my heart. Our relationship was challenging, the hardest relationship I’ve ever had.

The kind of relationship that makes you want to run away and shut that person out forever, and build a fortress around yourself in order to keep them away.

“But the soul often asks more of us than we plan on giving.”  as James Hollis likes to say.

There was a time in my young twenties when I came to the realization, there was no changing this very impossible man, and that I could either choose to love him like he was, or walk away. Something deep inside me knew I needed to stay and figure out how to do this, not for his sake, but for my own, and ultimately for my own deliverance.

And once I made this choice, now almost 30 years ago, it was like the universe stepped in, in its very uncanny way, and made sure I followed through.

At every cross-road, circumstances occurred that practically shoved me in the direction of love. The ways of life are mysterious…and quite comical!

These external circumstances paired with the inner workings of my subconscious, led me down this road of healing, without me being fully aware of it at the time. As I look back now, I see the thread of synchronicity weaving my inner and outer worlds together, and know there is wisdom in the timing of things.

My mother left my father when she was 80 ( an amazing story!) and charged me with his care. My two biggest fears would be soon become realized, that my mom would die, and I’d be left taking care of my impossible father.

Then my dad lost his memory. But the most surprising thing happened.  His ego completely dissolved away and what remained of him was this pure loving presence.

At first, it was disturbing, that he couldn’t remember things, and in a way, made me angry because I knew he could never again “own” his past, or be sorry for how he treated my mom.  Turns out I was angry about a lot of things. That he lived and my mom died-  of course, I blamed him for that too. Pretty much everything was his fault. 😉

During the next 8 years, I dug up every bone of contention I had with my dad, like I was mining for gold. Every sorrow, every nugget of anger came to the surface…. and was met by his loving presence. He had no memory of any wrongdoing.  It was like looking into the face of a child. Innocent.  And surprisingly, each time I saw him, I felt myself letting go of all the pain, bit by bit.  His loving presence was like sunlight, warming and opening my heart.

Today as I write this I feel peace.  I’m sad of course, it feels strange not to have him here. But mostly I feel this huge release like I finally got to the top of Mt. Everest and from here I can finally see the deeper meaning in all of it.

I learned to love him fully. Flaws and all. I see now how his imperfections were part of a much bigger story- my mother’s story and well as mine. I have never felt so much love pour out of my heart, or so much gratitude, for him. For him being exactly how he was.

Honestly, I feel as if it is one of my greatest accomplishments.

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Hope you enjoy this Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges and Chocolate Ganache icing.

Simple, moist, flavorful and absolutely scrumptious!

Sorry for the sad tale….keeping it real.

Love,

Sylvia

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Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges


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Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges and a Chocolate Ganache icing. Simple, moist, flavorful and absolutely scrumptious!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 tablespoons for dusting pan
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 45 Blood oranges (1 cup blood orange juice plus zest of two blood oranges) you can sub regular orange juice.
  • ¼ cup triple sec, or orange liquor
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering pan
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ( or fine pastry flour)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10-inch bundt pan ( 3 quart-4 quart)

Chocolate Ganache Icing:

  • 1 heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk (or cream)

Blood orange syrup- optional

  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325°F. Butter bundt pan very well (take your time to do this well) then dust with cocoa powder, knocking out excess.
  2. Heat coffee, orange juice, zest, orange liquor, vanilla, butter, in a medium heavy saucepan over moderate heat, whisking, until butter is melted, then whisk in cup of cocoa powder. Remove from heat, then add both kinds of sugar and whisk until dissolved, about 1 minute. Let cool.
  3. While the chocolate mixture cools, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, then, temper the eggs by pouring a little of the melted cocoa butter mixture to the eggs, whisking, a tablespoon at a time, to gradually warm them. After about 4 tablespoons, add this into the cooling chocolate mixture and whisk well.
  5. Add the chocolate-egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly). Pour batter into the greased and cocoa dusted bundt pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.
  6. Cool cake completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours. Loosen cake from pan using tip of a dinner knife, then invert rack over pan and turn cake out onto rack.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips and milk in a small pot over very low heat. Whisk until combined, then pour over the cake.
  8. To make the syrupy blood orange slices – very thinly slice one blood orange. Place in a pot with one cup water and simmer 20 minutes, until water has reduced to about ¼ cup and orange peel becomes tender. Add in sugar, and stir until dissolved. Squeeze the juice of the other orange( I used ½) into the mix, and simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Taste, add more sugar if you want. Let this cool. Spoon over the cake after cutting into it, topping with a blood orange slice.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 inch
  • Calories: 275

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story and experience with your dad. I have just gone through similar experience with my father in law who was like a dad to me, since my dad passed away when I was a child. I so relate to this. Keep on sharing, true connections are formed in the sharing. 🙂 Su

  2. I don’t like chocolate, I came here to read the rest of the story about your while my tumeric soup is still cooking. What a blessed story for me to read!! Wow, I GET ALL OF IT, I went through something very similar except it was with my step mother. She’s still alive but I have love for her now. I’ve come to learn she endured child abuse herself as a child in the fostercare system 😒 well she repeated her past on to me. I thank God for the time He gave me to spend with her and care for her during her mental break down. It’s not the universe that brought you through that ma’am that was all God. God is love and He works through love. You said it yourself in your story how you found forgiveness for your dad through love. That’s God 🤗 Thank You Jesus !! This story blessed me today thank you. 😊

  3. Sylvia: Thank you so much for sharing your story and keeping it real.
    Life is amazing. Sending love from Victoria, British Columbia.

  4. Delicious cake. I added Gran Marnier to the ganache and also made a gran marnier whipped cream. Everyone loved it at xmas dinner. Rich and delicious, the syrup was a really nice touch as well

  5. I loved this cake so much! The flavors blended together so well. The combination of chocolate and blood orange is divine. I did use bakers joy to coat my Bundt pan and the cake released very easily. Will definitely be my go to special occasion cake

  6. hello..!!! planning on baking this as a bday cake for tom… instead of baking in a bundt do u suppose i could bake it in a 9” round. should the baking time be the same..??

  7. I made this for my husband’s birthday. It is the BEST chocolate bundt cake recipe! Super easy to make, and super moist! I am lucky enough to have blood oranges in my yard, and the orange taste is sublime. My daughter doesn’t like orange and chocolate. If I omit the orange juice and zest, do you think I need any other or additional liquid? Thanks again for this GREAT recipe 🙂

  8. Baking this tomorrow. Totally loved your story of your relationship with your dad. Every family has a story and yours is very moving. So happy that you came to place of peace with your dad.

  9. So glad I found your website! I have not tried any of the recipes yet, but am making my shopping list right now! Your story of your Dad is quite similar to my current experience with my Mom. Thanks for sharing. Growing up, I longed to feel her love and pride, guidance and support, but somehow her words and actions were always critical and sarcastic. Though I kept in contact, I fled across the country to Colorado for the healing magic of the mountains. Still here, 30 years later.
    She now has Dementia at 84 yo and is kind and funny. It seems the bad behavior disappeared along with her memory. I can completely relate to your story. She seems content in Memory Care, as her cognition and daily function is that of a 6 yo.

    Can’t wait to try the chocolate cake! Trying to eat less sugar, but everything in moderation, not all or none, right?
    Best,
    Barb

  10. Loved the story about your dad. I am going through a lot of the same things with my dad. The similarities are uncanny. Letting go of expectations, learning to accept and forgive. Major life lessons. Thank you for sharing your story.