Chocolate Orange Cake

I've only recently started following Nigella Lawson and have become a little bit obsessed with her recipes.  She has a good selection of gluten free cakes and savoury dishes and I like that she makes things simple with all ingredients in one bowl meaning less faffing and washing up !  One of my new favourites is her clementine cake,  I've made it for a few friends now and they love it too.  This is a slightly jazzed up version with chocolate in the mix...who doesn't love a bit of chocolate and orange mixed together :))


4 clementines/satsumas or 2 oranges

100gm dark chocolate (I use Green & Blacks or Aines)

100gm butter (you could use stork too if you wanted to)

8 eggs

1 & 1/2 cups caster sugar

300gm Ground Almonds

1/2 cup cocoa


Heat the oven to 180c.  Line a 9" tin with greaseproof paper/baking paper.

Give the oranges a wash, put them in a saucepan (whole with skins and all), cover with cold water, bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes.  Drain the oranges and let them cool.

In the meantime melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.  Allow to cool slightly.

Puree the oranges in a food processor until smooth.

In a bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar,  add the orange mixture.  Then stir in the almonds and cocoa powder and finally the chocolate and butter mixture.

Pour the mixture into the lined tin and place in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour (my oven is super fast and unpredictable so I check it at 45 minutes then leave it for longer if needed.  An inserted skewer should come out clean).

Allow to cool in the tin.  When ready to serve pop it out of the tin, dust with icing sugar and serve with cream or ice cream.  Also great with yoghurt or your dairy alternative of choice.

Because there's a lot of moisture in the cake it will last for 3 to 4 days in a good airtight container.

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