Cake!

23 01 2011

Today is a friend’s birthday celebration and I am surprising him with a giant doughnut!

Just kidding. It’s a chocolate bundt cake with orange and almonds.

Emma’s Better Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs (at room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • shy 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 + 1/8 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 325. Butter a standard size bundt pan (I used the butter wrappers and whatever is left on them from the 2 sticks butter in the cake) and set aside.

For the cake:

  • In a stand mixer, combine butter, orange zest, and sugar and cream until light and fluffy;
  • Add eggs, one at a time;
  • Add vanilla & almond extracts;
  • Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt together (no really – you have to sift it – this is a cake) and separately mix milk and yogurt together in a large mixing cup;
  • Reduce your mixer speed to low and add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the milk mixture, then 1/3 flour, then 1/2 milk, then 1/3 flour;
  • Take the bowl off the mixer and fold in the 1/2 cup toasted chopped almonds;
  • Spoon into your bundt pan, spread it out as evenly as you can;
  • Bake for approx 55 minutes, testing at 50 with a wood skewer – you want it just clean with a crumb or 2;
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then invert the pan over a wire rack and shake out the cake. If you have trouble, try banging lightly on the cake pan with your palm. Cool completely.

For the topping:

  • Whisk together the orange juice and and powdered sugar until smooth – I add 1/3 cup at a time to prevent lumps;
  • Drizzle on your cooled cake on the wire rack, making a huge mess on your counter or cutting board;
  • Sprinkle remaining toasted chopped almonds.

Enjoy!!

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6 responses

23 01 2011
Alison

Oh, you really *were* baking a cake. Okay 😉

25 01 2011
emilye

My birthday is October 19th. Jus’ sayin’…

26 01 2011
erlthegirl

Cake in October!

26 01 2011
laurawp

messy counter yes… but the cake is BEAUTIFUL! in step 1… you mention the ‘cream’… I can see no cream in your ingredient list. you know i’m always looking for stuff like that… ha!

26 01 2011
erlthegirl

Ooh! I mean cream the butter and sugar. No cream in it! Missing comma drama…

26 01 2011
laurawp

phew! just creaming the butter, eh!

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