Chocolate Orange Cake

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr 10 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated zest
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Special equipment: a Bundt pan

  • For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the softened butter and 1 tablespoon of the cocoa to make a thick paste. Use this paste to paint the inside of the Bundt pan. Set aside.

  • In an electric mixer, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup cocoa and mix until blended. Add the orange juice, mayonnaise, vinegar and vanilla and mix until just combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Fold in the orange zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

  • For the chocolate glaze: Mix the confectioners' sugar and cocoa together. Whisk in the orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a good consistency to drizzle. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

You can substitute 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise.


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