Chilli & Orange Chocolate Cake

Chilli & Orange Chocolate Cake by


Description

This cake is intense and rich with a warmth from the chilli, it’s not as spicy as you might think so don’t be afraid of it, it totally works.

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 90 mins

Difficulty: Moderate

Ingredients


Base Ingredients
 150g Divine 70% Dark Chocolate
 ½ teaspoon coffee granules
 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (increase if wish), crushed with pestle & mortar/ bash with end of a rolling pin 125g butter
 125g Fairtrade caster sugar
 5 eggs, separated
 75g self raising flour
 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
 1 ½ tspn baking powder
 2 tablespoons Divine Cocoa Powder
 1 tablespoon rum or orange juice or water
 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
 1 tablespoon water
 Peel of half a medium Fairtrade orange, finely grated

Topping Ingredients
 2 tablespoons of good orange marmalade
 300g Fairtrade icing sugar, 25g Divine Cocoa Powder, 125g butter, 4 tablespoons of water
 180g Divine 70% Dark chocolate, 125 g unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon golden syrup

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Utensils & Equipment

20-22 cm tin (springform or loose based)
Bain Marie
Food Mixer
Saucepan
Spatula

Drink Recommendations

Tastes great with Rose Wine.

Featured Ingredients

Method


For the Glaze you need to use: 2 tablespoons of good orange marmalade
For the Fudge icing you need to use: 300g Fairtrade icing sugar, 25g Divine Cocoa Powder, 125g butter, 4 tablespoons of water
For the Bitter chocolate icing: 180g Divine 70% Dark chocolate, 125 g unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon golden syrup

Putting this cake together has been a labour of love. It’s been through a load of variations and this one is pretty much perfect – which makes it special enough for a special event. Customise the cake to suit tastes – add more chilli if you like more heat. Go for the fudge icing for a sweeter tooth or the bitter chocolate for a sophisticated taste and finish.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C Line and grease a 20-22 cm tin (springform or loose based). Melt chocolate in a bain marie by placing the pieces in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, not allowing the bowl to touch the water. Add the coffee granules and chilli. Let the mix melt then stir with a wooden spoon. Remove bowl and leave to cool. Meanwhile cream the softened butter with the caster sugar in a food mixer or the proper way, with a wooden spoon, until light and white. Gently stir in the cooled chocolate and 4 egg yolks. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the bowl and then add the grated orange rind. Fold the mix gently together with a metal spoon using big scooping movements. Add the rum, vanilla and water.

Whisk 5 egg whites until stiff (don’t overwhisk). Add to the mixture by beating in the first tablespoon to loosen the consistency. Then fold the rest in very gently using a metal spoon. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect as it can be hard to combine the two.

Pour the mix into the tin and bang it into the oven for 45-50 minutes (check after 35 – ovens vary!). To test it, prick with a cocktail stick. It should come out clean. Don’t worry if the top of the cake has cracked a bit – you’ll be icing it up. Remove and place on a cooling rack. Take out of the tin after 5 minutes. Leave to cool. Brush the glaze on while still a bit warm. To make the glaze, put the marmalade into a saucepan and melt over a low heat until it’s runny. Brush this onto the cooling cake base with a pastry brush.

To make the fudge icing: combine the sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Melt the butter and water and pour into the icing sugar mix. Beat until combined. It should be easily spreadable but not runny so you might not need all the liquid. Cover the top of the cake and sides generously with the icing, tip it then finish using a spatula. Go for a smooth or a rough finish. You can decorate with cherries, grated chocolate, crumbled flake or chocolate curls (peel from a bar of Divine with a potato peeler). Don’t forget the candles.

Eat and enjoy!

This cake is intense and rich with a warmth from the chilli, it’s not as spicy as you might think so don’t be afraid of it, it totally works.


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  • ktmd

    love chilli and chocolate together…orange is a divine twist

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lmathema Louise Wiseman Mathema

    ooh will be having a go at making this one!

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  • JoC

    There’s just enough chilli to give this cake a kick. It’s amazing how chilli intensifies the chocolate taste…wonder who though of it?

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  • http://twitter.com/claire_trevor Claire Trevor

    I’ve never tried a chocolate and chilli recipe, but this one sounds great.

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  • Nisha Koya

    Never tried anything like this sounds delicious

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  • Jenny Eaves

    An unusual combination of ingredients. Chilli and chocolate has been around for a while, but the orange gives it a fresh twist. :)

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  • ClairejB

    I’m afraid I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to chilli but maybe if it was quite mild and in chocolate it would be ok! Sounds intriguing!

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  • John C

    That is a really fantastic list of ingredients, including “1 tablespoon rum or orange juice or water” – well I think it has to be rum for me.

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  • backflipbedlem

    great Recipe Jamie

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  • Sam Cresswell

    How interesting… never thought chocolate, chilli and orange would go together…

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  • http://twitter.com/janesgrapevine Jane Willis

    I’ve seen chilli and chocolate together before – but never in a cake. Great idea!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lorraine.rogers.980 Lorraine Rogers

    oh my word have died and gone to heaven – a girls dream

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  • Ellen

    I love the fair-trade detail – good job guys! Looks fantastic :)

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  • Abi R

    Mouth-wateringly good!

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  • babysblue

    Tasty!

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  • vhowe91

    Sounds so tasty

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  • Aimee Ryan

    Great flavour combinations!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jess.yates.96 Jess Yates

    Definitely worth baking!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iain-Maciver/100000321092934 Iain Maciver

    this is sure to have an interesting taste

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004017384575 Annie Jay

    wow, this looks and sounds divine! Right up my street, can’t wait to try it out :D

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  • Diane R

    Hubby loves my chilli chocolate cup cakes will surely give this a go.

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  • http://twitter.com/Sineadsocs Socs

    Heaven – have all the ingredients, just need to take the finger out and get baking!

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  • http://twitter.com/slinkydreamer Julia

    That sounds and looks exquisite! I am fantasizing about it with fresh
    cream, the contrast of the cream against the dark chocolate and chili, the texture of the sponge – aaahh bliss,,,

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  • http://www.facebook.com/emma.rowley.127 Emma Rowley

    This looks amazing! So yummy!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=536387017 Hel Cruse

    i have a Devine Chocolate Cook Book. That is my version of 50 Shades of Grey!! Nom Nom!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ssouthurst Sue Southurst

    wow that is a stunning cake

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  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.glynn.77 Angela Glynn

    mmmm, I LOVE the chilli chocolate combo – looking forward to giving this one a go. Thank you!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786810146 Claire Bull

    mmmmm sounds delish, ill have to try it :D

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.foster.16 Jackie Foster

    Might try this even though it scares me a little !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lani-Nash/100003653624694 Lani Nash

    Wow, two of my favourite things to mix with chocolate (orange and chilli) in one place. To be honest I don’t know why I haven’t tried finding a recipe with both in before! I came across this by accident but boy am I glad! I have already pencilled in time to make this at the weekend. Looking forward to it!

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  • clare martin

    I really want to try and make this for my boyfriend, his two favourite things chocolate and chili!

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  • Siobhan McCall

    Sounds fab,very unusual. My husband loves dark chocolate and I love spice, so we can combine the two!

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  • http://twitter.com/Falkirkgal Gwen Murray

    Sounds decadent and a little bit naughty!! Late night treat with glass of vino :-)

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  • juliette

    what a great combination – I only had tried chilli with strawberry and was surprised how well the orange worked – will definitely keep this recipe for the next dinner party

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  • http://twitter.com/LindyHine Lindy Hine

    Looks a little too dark for me but would be good to try it as a new taste experience!

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  • http://twitter.com/CompingCraig CJ

    Chilli and orange, what a great combination, I wish I had tried this before! 100% will use this again!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ainun.n.ghazali Ainun N Ghazali

    I’ve tried choc with chili and orange separately before but never tried them together. Would be interesting to see how this combo works in a cake.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeanette-Downing/100003475182427 Jeanette Downing

    my OH loves this x

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  • Liquorice

    Oh wow, this sounds and look amazing, I’m going to make this for my husband on his birthday, just hope I can fit all the candles on it!

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