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Old 02-11-2008, 12:39 PM
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Delight-full Chocolate Orange Cake

Whether because of chocolate's alleged aphrodisiac properties or the way it delightfully seduces the palate, chocolate and Valentine's Day seem to go hand in hand. My original intention was therefore to suggest some raw chocolate recipes (see here and here) to share with those close to your heart, but I've been having a hard time finding moulds in the local stores.

Enters Plan B.

With Cafe Gratitude's amazing Mudslide Pie still fresh in my taste buds memory, I decided to experiment with a chocolate orange version of it. (I've been fantasizing for months about the one Heathy made when she visited me last fall.)

The result is the following beyond creamy and scrumptious melts-in-your-mouth dessert that is sure to complement beautifully a romantic candlelight dinner. Don was rolling around on the floor moaning in ecstasy, crying "It can't get any better can it?"

Sounds promising?



Delight-full Chocolate Orange Cake


Makes one 7 " cake

Crust Variation 1
3/4 cup well packed soft dates, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cup ground almonds or loosely packed left-over pulp from making milk
1/2 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup cashews

Place dates in food processor and process until a smooth paste forms. You may need to add a little water.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.

If using ground almonds instead of wet almond pulp, you might want to add a couple of teaspoons of water for moisture.


Crust Variation 2
1/2 cup brazil nuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon cacao or carob powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 medjhool dates
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)

Process first 7 ingredients in a food processor until fine. Add agave and cacao nibs (if using) and process some more until the mixture just starts to stick together.


Orange & White Chocolate Filling
1 1/4 cups orange juice
1 1/4 cups cashews, soaked
1/4 cup agave
2 tbs vanilla
1 tbs orange zest
1 tbs + 1 tsp lecithin powder
1/4 cup + 1 tbs cacao butter

Blend all ingredients except lecithin and cacao butter until smooth. Add these and blend some more until well mixed. Put mixture in the fridge to set (see notes).


Chocolate Filling
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup agave nectar
3 tbs cacao powder
2 tbs vanilla
Pinch of salt
2 tsp lecithin powder*
1/4 cup cacao butter

*Lecithin is derived from soybeans and acts as an emulsifier. Look for lecithin (preferably non-GMO), in granules or powdered form, at your local HFS. If using granules, make sure to grind them up in a high speed blender of coffee grinder.

Blend all ingredients except lecithin and cacao butter until smooth. Add these and blend some more until well mixed. Put in the freezer to set.


To Assemble
Press your crust of choice into the bottom of the springform pan.

Pour half of the White Chocolate Orange mixture on top and set in the freezer for about an hour.

Top with the Chocolate layer and return to the freezer.

Once set, pour the rest of the Chocolate Orange layer and return to freezer until ready to serve.

Decorate with dried coconut and gogi berries ground up in coffee grinder, cacao nibs and orange filets.

Close your eyes and enjoy in good company!


Carmella's Notes:
~ The different layers of this cake can be prepared quickly, but you do want to start preparing this several hours ahead to allow enough time for the different layers to set during the assembly process. (I began around noonish in order to serve it that evening.)

~ I used the cake recipe for my Strawberry Shortcake as the first layer, but I think it would be also fabulous with a chocolate coconut crust. Take your pick!

~ You'll notice that the Orange & White Chocolate Filling is firmer than the Dark Chocolate Filling at first. I recommend keeping it in the fridge until ready to assemble the final layer for easier spreading.
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:42 PM
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mmmmm. . . . chocolate and orange is my weakness. I have been using the zest. That is really pretty! I love red and white decoration so will have to try the goji coconut idea.
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:59 PM
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Ha ha... Thanks Luckitri for your zest comment as it made me realize I had forgotten to include it in the recipe ingredients! Guess I was too much in a rush to share it with you guys.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:06 PM
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Carmella, that cake is absolutly incredible !

I cannot believe how good that looks! Great Job!

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mmmmm. . . . chocolate and orange is my weakness. I have been using the zest. That is really pretty! I love red and white decoration so will have to try the goji coconut idea.

I also like chocolate & orange together as well.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:39 PM
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I just made a chocolate cake with blood orange mousse.... so we are both on the same page Carmi!!!

I'll post my pics when it comes out of the freezer.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:39 PM
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Now: Now; Now: Don on the floor moaning about how good this is?? and it can't get any better than this?????????? Wowshers;

Leah; that's it we'll have to do this next Dodo's Un Cooking in Medford !!!!!

Chocolate and Orange !

question? would adding orange extract be good/too strong for the filling???

""""aren't you orange Joooooooooozie""""
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:31 PM
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Leah,
Ain't that cool when it happens?

Jozzie,

I'm thinking that it might work instead of the zest? Can't vouch as I've never used orange extract before. Do let us know, though, if you try it.

Oh you girls, you gotta gotta try this. A-MA-ZING stuff! Mmmmmmmm
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Carmella

Carmella... will you adopt me?
I can be your adoped mom?

I can clean... and make you laugh... and shoot wolves... and start fire with flint/steel or bowdrill... I can build shelter and can foods, and I can sew, and I can cook... and do dishes... and I love to clean, did I say that?

All you have to do is give me a corner of my own to sleep in and feed me!
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That is a beautiful cake, I wish I were at your house right now.
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Carmella... will you adopt me?
I can be your adoped mom?

I can clean... and make you laugh... and shoot wolves... and start fire with flint/steel or bowdrill... I can build shelter and can foods, and I can sew, and I can cook... and do dishes... and I love to clean, did I say that?

All you have to do is give me a corner of my own to sleep in and feed me!
LMBO

Road trip to Carmi & Don's for cake!!!
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Has anyone ever used psyllium in exchange for lecithin? I really want to make this tomorrow.

Just curious...

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Don and I bumped into a friend as we were walking up the road and invited her over. She couldn't stay for dinner but we gave her some tea along with a big serving of this cake. I love LOVE watching people's faces brighten up as they bite into food I make. That's one of my favorite treats. She was totally wowed. Said there was a perfect balance between the orange and chocolate flavors.

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Carmella... will you adopt me?
I can be your adoped mom?

I can clean... and make you laugh... and shoot wolves... and start fire with flint/steel or bowdrill... I can build shelter and can foods, and I can sew, and I can cook... and do dishes... and I love to clean, did I say that?

All you have to do is give me a corner of my own to sleep in and feed me!
Ha ha... Sounds mighty good, Rowan. You got yourself a deal!


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Has anyone ever used psyllium in exchange for lecithin? I really want to make this tomorrow.

Just curious...

Lana
Lana, I've used psyllium before I got my hands on lecithin too. See this post for my comments.
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Carmi: I want a little corner of my own at your place! I'll forage and hunt for mushies and plant a winter window garden for exchange for food!

heheh! Jozzzzzzzzzie
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LMBO

Road trip to Carmi & Don's for cake!!!

THIS CAKE CAUSES ROLLING ON THE FLOOR WITH ECSTACY! ***better than s - x !!!!!!!!!!!!!! whowshers ! we are all doing a Road Trip ! Watch out ! Joz
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