Orange and Goji Chocolate Chip Cake with Bitter Chocolate Orange Ganache

The Great British Bake Off is back! AKA the perfect excuse to snack on tasty treats whilst lolling at Sue and Mel. To celebrate we thought we’d get some fantastic cooks to create D&D inspired recipes – according to the theme, of course. So be on the look out each week for some superdelish recipes from superdelish people. And of course feel free to join in and send us your recipes!

 

Week 1- Cake Week: The lovely Lauren of the Wholesome Hunter has created this insane Orange and Goji Chocolate Chip Cake using our delicious choc. Those jaffa cakes had our orange taste buds tingling and we know that this moist, zesty, sweet yet chocolatey bundle of goodness would have Mary and Paul cooing.

The ganache has a slightly unusual ingredient, but I assure you that you won’t taste the hidden black beans; they just give it a nice thick and mousse-like texture. This cake is free from gluten, grains and is mostly free from refined sugars. It’s also very nutrient-dense, so a little goes a long way!

 

Makes 1 cake, serves approx. 10 people

 

For the cake:

300g ground almonds

150g butter or coconut oil, melted

100g coconut sugar

1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Zest of 2 oranges

Juice of 1 orange

50g goji berries soaked in juice of 1 other orange for at least 1 hour

2 eggs, beaten

100g (1 bar) Doisy and Dam goji and orange dark chocolate, roughly chopped

To decorate (optional): Orange slices and zest, goji berries and more D&D chocolate, for grating.

 

For the ganache:

1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed (240g)

6 tbsp cacao powder

8 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey

2 tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted

100ml water

1.5 tsp orange extract

8g coconut flour to thicken, or gradually add a small amount of arrowroot instead to achieve your preferred thickness (if you can’t find these, you can grind dried coconut in a food processor until it turns into flour)

 

 Method:

1.) Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan). Grease a 20cm wide tin with butter or coconut oil and line the bottom with baking parchment.

2.) Add all of the dry ingredients (except for the soaking goji berries and chocolate) to a mixing bowl and stir together with a wooden spoon.

3.) Add the beaten eggs, butter or coconut oil, orange juice and zest to the bowl and mix in until a smooth and slightly sticky mixture forms.

4.) Stir in the chopped chocolate and goji berries along with the orange juice that they’re soaking in.

4.) Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and smooth down the surface with the back of a spoon.

4.) Bake for 45 minutes until golden. The surface of the cake should spring back when lightly pressed if it’s ready.

5.) Take the cake out of the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.

6.) While the cake is cooling, start making the ganache. Add all of the ingredients except for the coconut flour or arrowroot flour to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Then stir in the coconut flour or arrowroot flour by hand.

7.) Spoon the ganache onto the surface of the cake and spread smoothly. Decorate the cake with thinly-cut orange slices, goji berries, grated chocolate and orange zest.

 

Enjoy!

If by some miracle you have any left over then it will store perfectly in the fridge.

 

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