The only way to kick off a new year in my opinion is with cake. What did you expect, diet food? Sorry, I love me a salad, but there is a place for cake in January for sure. For my latest bundt endeavor, I’m bringing you this dark chocolate orange bundt cake. Citrus is a quintessentially winter food, so I thought it would be appropriate.
In all honesty, I kind of feel like I have a lot to celebrate. This past weekend I traveled to Butler, PA to bury my Grandpa. I know this doesn’t sound very celebratory, but if you’ve ever gone to a funeral for someone who was a professional mortician and a devout Catholic, you know this is their moment of glory. Not to mention the fact that he has been in poor health for long time so, as cliche as it sounds, it really was for the best.
The most beautiful part was traveling back to Butler, a place I hold so fondly in the memories of my youth, and spending a weekend there with all of my relatives who also love and cherish that little town. It was an epic send off.
While I was gone, I missed my bestie Val’s birthday, so Val, this cake is for you. I know you’d rather have champagne, but since you’re growing baby #2, cake will have to do for now.
So with this dark chocolate orange bundt cake, I’m celebrating a life, celebrating a birthday, and celebrating a new year filled with adventure, opportunity, and many fun hijinks to come.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup grated orange zest
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups dark chocolate morsels
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 5-6 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup dark chocolate candy melts
- 3-4 Tablespoons heavy cream **
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- Mix in the orange zest.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, milk, and vanilla.
- Turn the mixer to low and add the flour and milk mixtures alternately in 3 additions beginning and ending with the flour.
- Mix in the greek yogurt.
- Fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add orange juice to powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth and pourable.
- Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and pour glaze over the whole cake. Allow to cool completely.
- For the chocolate drizzle, melt the dark chocolate candy melts in the microwave according to package instructions. Add heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time, until chocolate drizzles easily over the top of the cake.