Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges and a Chocolate Ganache icing. Simple, moist, flavorful and absolutely scrumptious!
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.
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
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.
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.
Remove from heat, then add both kinds of sugar and whisk until dissolved, about 1 minute. Let cool.
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).
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.
Melt the chocolate chips and milk in a small pot over very low heat. Whisk until combined, then pour over the cake.
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.
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.
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.
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