chocolate orange bundt cake #bundtbakers

Have I ever mentioned the fact that I LOVE chocolate?

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

Well, it’s true.
I do.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

I know that it’s probably hard to believe, but you’re going to have to get used to the idea.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

When I found out that Tanya of Dessert Stalking had chosen chocolate as the theme for this month’s #bundtbakers, I was over the moon. Thank you Tanya!!! I’ve made a lot of bundts in this group, but this whole time I’ve only made one other chocolate cake. It’s a cryin shame is what it is, and I promise that I’m appropriately ashamed.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

I usually prefer dark chocolate over milk or white, but to be honest I’ll take any and all of the above given the opportunity. I’m the kind of person who keeps a dark chocolate bar (or two) hidden in a drawer in my night stand just in case of emergencies. I only need a few squares at a time when I need my fix, but when I need it, I really need it.

I know I inherited that trait from my mom, who’s secret chocolate stash is kept in the drawers of her vanity. When I first found out about it I couldn’t believe that she would dare to withhold chocolate from me and have the audacity to keep some for herself. These days, I get it.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

When I was trying to decide on a chocolate bundt to make this month I was totally overwhelmed by the possibilities. There are just too many delicious things you can do with chocolate and I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down.

Every time I’d think of something, my mind kept wanting to wander back to a chocolate orange bundt that I made when I was just getting this blog off it’s feet. That cake was so moist and tender and brightly flavored and super duper chocolatey that it might just be one of my favorite bundts I’ve ever made.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

Now, I don’t want to get into the habit of repeating recipes around here, but I knew this cake deserved to be revisited. I originally made it way back in the beginning, back before I’d found out about and joined up with the #bundtbakers gang, back when I was still using an iphone to take my photos, and most importantly, back when I didn’t really have many readers other than my mother. Not only is this recipe new to the bundt bakers, but I also think it deserves to be highlighted with better photos and to be seen and shared with as many people as possible, which simply wasn’t the case the first time around.

I’ve done this with a small handful of my other favorite recipes from the first few months of Brooklyn Homemaker, and I saw no reason not to revisit this one too. So, chocolate orange bundt cake it was.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

I made a few minor adjustments to the original recipe from back in 2013, but for the most part little has changed. This cake is rich and dark and sublimely chocolatey with an assertive cocoa flavor backed up with soft and melty morsels of finely chopped dark chocolate. The orange zest and juice in the recipe, along with the orange glaze poured over the top, elevate this cake and give it a boost of sweet fruity brightness that can be unusual with chocolate cakes. The crumb is soft and tender, and the cake is so moist that it stays perfectly delicious for several days if covered well. I took half of the cake to work with me and my coworkers devoured it and raved about how wonderful it was. One of them loved it so much that she took a slice home to her roommate, and has been asking me ever since when I’d be posting the recipe so she could try it herself.

If you’re into chocolate, this is a cake you really gotta try. If you’re not, you need your head examined.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

Another thing you gotta do if you’re into chocolate is make sure to scroll down past the recipe to check out all the other mouth-watering, craving-satisfying, unbelievable chocolatey creations the other bundt bakers came up with this month. I myself can barely handle all this chocolate in one place.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

adapted from Joy the Baker

For the Cake:
1 1/4 cups orange juice
zest of 3 large oranges
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup peanut oil (or other neutral vegetable oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips

For the Glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
zest of one orange

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
Generously butter and flour a 10 to 12 cup Bundt pan and set aside.

Whisk orange juice and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and let come to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, mix together the sugar and orange zest until the zest is well distributed and has turned the sugar orange. Add the salt, eggs and egg yolk and mix on low for about 1 minute. Add the buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract and mix on low again for another minute.

Add the flour and baking soda and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add the cooled cocoa mixture and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Mix in chopped chocolate on low. The batter will be very loose.  Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake for 55-65, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.

make the glaze:
Whisk confectioner’s sugar, orange juice and zest until free of lumps. I like to do this in a glass measuring cup with a spout so you can pour the glaze easily.

Place a sheet pan under the rack with the completely cooled cake. Pour the glaze over the Bundt cake, covering it completely. If you have leftover glaze pour it from the pan back into the measuring cup and go back in for another coat. Transfer to a cake plate or platter by gently sliding the cake off the rack, use a thin spatula to help lift it if necessary. Leave at room temperature until ready to serve. The glaze will harden and form a sort of candy shell and keep the cake nice and moist.

chocolate orange bundt cake | Brooklyn Homemaker

It’s probably a good thing that I’m not able to taste all of these cakes because I’d probably eat until I burst given the chance. All this chocolate sure has me drooling guys!!!

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78 comments

  1. I couldn’t wait to see your cake and photos because they are always so incredible. The citrus punch to go with chocolate is a great idea and I’m glad you shared this recipe, well, again.

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    1. Thanks Sue! It’s kind of complicated but I found the images for the buttons somewhere online, and then uploaded them and attached the links using a wordpress text widget. I’m not very good at writing html, but after a few tries I got them all to work.
      I wish I had a simpler answer for you!

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  2. Gorgeous as always!! Love the flavor combination – there’s nothing quite like chocolate and orange together; always makes me think of Christmas time and those silly “chocolate oranges” you whacked on the table and ate in “sections”… ahhh… childhood… and yes, I keep chocolate stashed in my bedside table too… because when you need some chocolate, you NEED some chocolate! :)

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  3. Love the depth of chocolate color in this cake. I can’t believe you haven’t done a chocolate bundt yet — clearly holding out on us. This one just looks so great. Orange + chocolate always reminds me of a winter day, so I may have to make this before the spring thaw!

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  4. Dear Tux, I enjoy chocolate in all forms too. Chocolate and orange though is a winning combo. I love oranges just as much as chocolate too! Marmalade and nutella on toast is a delicious snack. This cake looks beautiful. I know I would enjoy this!! Have a wonderful day, Catherine

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  5. Wow Tux! What a beautiful cake! You picked a great bundt pan to showcase this one. I am such a sucker for the chocolate-orange combo. But that 5th photo in your post….that creamy orange drizzle…..you are killing me! P.S…..I’ve adjusted my description of the group in my post. But judging from your great baking skills and beautiful photography…..the cheese won’t stand alone….but he’ll certainly stand out! : )

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  6. Oh my God! THUD ! (That’s the sound of me dying and going to heaven only to return for a bite of this cake) . I have so much to learn from you. Absolutely stunning photos and what an incredible flavor combination.

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  7. My mom also has a secret stash of chocolate, and when you give her truffles for her birthday or valentines day, she doesn’t like to share (who can blame her?) The only thing my mom loves more than pieces of dark chocolate, is chocolate covered candied orange peel! I love the combination of orange and chocolate, this cake looks divine!

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  8. Okay this cake is seriously too good to eat. I would be so proud of accomplishing a cake that looked like that – that I would just parade it around. Annnd it sounds delicious too. Nom nom. PINNED.

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  9. Your mom sounds like a woman who has her priorities in order, Tux! I’ll bet there were many times when she needed the secret stash. :) I’m with you on the dark chocolate; it’s my favorite but I am also willing to be flexible. What a classic combination, orange and chocolate, and what a gorgeous cake!

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  10. Well, what can I say…Pairing chocolate with orange is always a winner, your pictures are amazing and yes, I admit I keep small chocolate bars in my bedside table drawer just in case of an emergency…

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  11. I wanted to make a chocolate-orange cake but wasn’t sure that I’d like it. I am not sure why I keep running away from the citrus-orange pairing. I need to try it some day. I’d do a mini version right now but I am trying to stay refined-sugar free. We won’t talk about the 3 cookies that I ate.

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      1. They do!!! I live in Canada and Williams Sonoma FINALLY started shipping here! I think I will shelve the QE cake recipe for now (maple fudge pecan icing will give me instant diabetes) and try out this chocolate orange recipe of yours! Again – thank you!

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  12. Look so lovely cake, must bake it. I have a question: could i substitute the buttermilk with something else because it is not available in Sweden.

    Thanks
    Jian

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    1. I would recommend just using regular (whole) milk, but use about 2 tablespoons less since milk is thinner than buttermilk. No need to add lemon juice or vinegar, there’s enough acid in the orange juice.
      I hope it works out well for you! This is one of my favorite cakes ever!

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