Mini orange chocolate chunk cake

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cake

110g unsalted butter at room temperature
170g sugr
2 large eggs at room temperature
Zest of 2 large oranges
210g plain flour, plus 1 extra tbsp
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
60ml freshly squeezed orange juice
85ml buttermilk at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
150g good dark chocolate, cut into chunks

For the syrup

50g caster sugar
60ml freshly squeezed orange juice

For the ganache

110g good dark chocolate, chopped
60ml double cream
1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Grease and flour 6 individual serving baking moulds, such as the flexible non-stick 100 percent silicone moulds.

2) Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 mins, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the orange zest.

3) Sift together the 210g of flour, the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the orange juice, buttermilk and vanilla.

4) Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately in thirds to the creamed butter, beginning and ending with the flour. Toss the chocolate with the 1 tsp of flour and add to the batter.

5) Pour the batter into the moulds, smooth the tops, and bake for 30 mins, until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the moulds on a wire rack for 10 mins.

6) Meanwhile, make the syrup. In a small saucepan over a medium/low heat, cook the sugar with the orange juice until the sugar dissolves. Remove the cake from the moulds, put them on a rack over a tray and spoon over the orange syrup. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

7) For the ganache, melt the chocolate, double cream and coffee in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over the top of the cakes.

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