Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mother's Day Orange Chocolate Chip Cake

After making sure my bees were safe & sound, I hightailed it down to New York on Saturday night.  I had the pleasure of celebrating Mother's Day with my mom, grandmother, and godmother.  Oh, and with this amazing cake my mom baked.

My mother is seriously a master baker.  She makes insane cookies at Christmas, always has each of our favorite cakes for our birthdays, & always shows up at my house with some sort of tasty pie.  Which explains why she did the baking on Mother's Day.

This recipe is slightly adapted from a Barefoot Contessa recipe.  It has a few steps (a glaze AND a melted chocolate ganache) but it is sooooo good.  Pardon me while I channel Jaisa here.  Nom nom nommity.

Here's what you'll need:

2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature, of course)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs (also room temperature)
1/4 cup orange zest (from 4 oranges)
3 cups flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (or chunks)

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon ground coffee

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one by one and then add the orange zest.

In a large bowl, sift together the 3 cups of flour, the salt, the baking soda, and the baking powder.  In a separate bowl, mix the orange juice, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures to the butter mixture, slowly adding a bit at a time and alternating.  Mix the chocolate chips with the last 2 tablespoons of flour and then add to the batter.  Put into your Bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling, make the glaze.  Over low heat, cook the sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.  Then, drizzle the glaze evenly over the top of the cake.  It helps to have a plate or tray to catch the extra glaze to keep this from getting too messy...

Let the glazed cake cool completely.  Before you are ready to serve, melt the chocolate, heavy cream, & coffee in the top of a double boiler.  Drizzle over your cake and serve.

SO good.

I love you, cake.  I love you, Mom.  Enjoy & stay hungry!


  1. I love chocolate and orange and cake! I wish someone had made this for me on Mother's Day. I guess I'll just have to settle for making it for myself . . .

  2. Yummy! Lucky you!

  3. Best yet! (And the cake was good, too!)


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!