Fudgy Earl Grey Orange Chocolate Cake with Shiny Glaze

January 17, 2019

Author Notes:

A slice of fudgy, deeply chocolatey cake is my ultimate dessert, and this recipe does not disappoint! I’ve made many variations of this cake over the years, throwing in brewed coffee, whisky or rum, and they have all been delicious – but to me, this version is the best of all. Please feel free to double the glaze recipe if you would like it to cover more of the cake.

Justine C.

Serves: 8
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min

Ingredients

For Cake:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup strongly brewed earl grey tea (using 2 tea bags)
  • 3/4 cup melted refined coconut oil
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour, or a mix of both
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • zest and juice of 1 medium orange

For Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or melted refined coconut oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup
In This Recipe

Directions

For Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Oil bundt pan (or preferred baking pan/pans, though baking times may vary), then dust with cocoa powder, shaking out excess.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar, and set aside for a couple of minutes.
  3. After two minutes, add the applesauce, orange juice, tea and melted oil, and stir well to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, both types of sugar, the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, orange zest and salt.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry mix, and pour in the wet mixture. Whisk until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into cake pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted to a central part of the cake comes out clean. For a bundt, this took about 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before glazing.

For Glaze:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl or the top of a double boiler, and heat in 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted.
  2. Stir to combine, and immediately spread over cooled cake.

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