It still being the Holiday Season, I’ve been on quite a roll, of Special Desserts, and rich concoctions! This is by far one of the most decadent to date. I was thinking about being a little kid, and writing that last post about my Dad, many memories were churning about, my ever overly active mind, and every year at some point, I remember getting one of those Chocolate Oranges, that when tapped on the tabletop all the segments come apart, and were slowly eaten, each one better than the last! I mean who ever thought about Chocolate and Orange together, was brilliant! So began the research, for the right cake recipe, this one is a little different from the Angel Cake Ricky, more creamy, but with the Dark Semisweet Glaze, and Orange undertones, much more intense, with all the light, airy, “Angel” qualities of the other. I must say, a delite for the senses! Luckily I have a very good taste team (my Husband Bobby, his kids, when they come by, my next door neighbors…..ect.) or I’d weigh a ton, as for me…. one bite, to assess, is really all I ever get, gotta watch the girlish figure, dontcha know!!! Then on to creating something else. But I love the look on peoples faces, as they enjoy these treats, as much as I love making them!
And with my own personal eating machine (Bob) off work for the Holidays, I don’t have to worry about them sitting on the counter, for more than a day or two, what I wouldn’t give, to have that man’s metabolism!!! And a quick note! The Holidays are almost over, and some super healthy, and delicious recipes are coming up for the New Year!
New Year, Knew You! Right? So enjoy, while you still have an excuse, to make some really, naughty decisions! Don’t judge, I’m just making this, deliciously, irresistible stuff!
Let the egg whites sit out for a 1/2 hour to come up to about 60º to 70º
Preheat oven to 350º
Have ready a ungreased 10″ inch tube cake pan, w/ a removable bottom.
Sift together 3 times:
1 cup sifted Swan’s Down Cake Flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 TBLS. Orange Zest (you will have to work the zest into the mixture, forcing it through the sifter and using your fingers if necessary to smush it in.
Combine all these ingredients in a large mixing bowl, leaving plenty of room, as this will increase 4-5 times in volume.
1 1/2 cups egg whites (about 10 lg. egg whites)
1 TBLS. water
1 TBLS. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp Mccormick’s Cream of Tartar
1/2 tsp McCormick’s Pure Orange Extract
1 tsp McCormick’s pure Vanilla Extract
Beat on low 1 minute, then increase to med high for 3-5 minutes when mixture forms soft moist shape when mixer is lifted out.
On med high add:
3/4 cup sugar 1 TBLS. at a time
Slowly, this should take 2-3 minutes, and at the end you should have soft, glossy, peaks, that are not stiff, over mixing will produce a tough cake.
Now start to FOLD flour mixture in, about a 1/4 cup, at a time sprinkling over egg mixture. Do not mix or stir, folding mean to grab from the bottom of the bowl w/ a Rubber Spatula and literally folding over top, continue until all flour mixture is folded in, about 6-7 times, until no flour mixture is visible, and completely incorporated.
Pour or scrape into pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until cake tester , skewer, comes out clean.
Let cool comepletely.
Run a knife around the edges and then push up the bottom, and run a knife around bottom to release cake onto plate.
Semisweet Chocolate Glaze:
5 oz Ghirardelli Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Land’O’Lakes fat free Half and Half
Put in microwave, 30-45 seconds at a time stirring, in between, until smooth, Add 1-2 TBLS. at a time:
5 TBLS. Land’O’Lakes Unsalted Butter
1 tsp McCormick’s Pure Orange Extract
Stirring until incorporated and smooth as silk. Test with a candy thermometer, when it reachs 90º, it’s ready to start glazing cake, or you ca cool a little longer and frost, but be careful, this is a delicate cake, and can tear easily, so I highly recommend glazing, for this particular cake.
But for future reference, this glaze is so easy & versatile, it can be used as a great fake out, on a store bought cake. Only you and the cashier at the store will know. But, of course nothing is better than the real deal!
So, as always enjoy!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2009