Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rain rain go away.... Orange Scented Chocolate Chip Cake

Sorry for just a recipe today. I am all out of words. All out of patience. I am having a bad day. Just to give you and idea of how I am feeling, I am making jarred sauce, frozen meatballs and pasta for dinner. But cake always cheers me up. Of course I am baking this for a family gathering on Saturday, but just baking it is cheering me up. A little.

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon orange flower water (this can be omitted, I just have some so I add it)
6 eggs, room temperature, separated
3 cups sifted self-rising flour (measure after sifting)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temp
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Using an electric mixer, cream shortening with 1 1/2 cups sugar. Blend in vanilla and orange juice. Add egg yolks, one at a time, blending just until smooth after each addition.

Stir baking soda into the buttermilk.

To the first mixture, add sifted flour alternately with buttermilk , blending well after each addition.

In a glass or stainless steel bowl, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks (this will take a few minutes). Fold chocolate chips and egg white mixture gently into batter until well incorporated.

Spoon batter into a generously greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cover lightly with foil if it starts to brown before it is done. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

Cool on rack; carefully remove pan and transfer to cake plate.


  1. Sounds delish! I notice the recipe says lemon juice and zest, so I assume you mean orange juice. Are you supposed to add in orange zest also? And I've never heard of orange flower water - sounds lovely!

  2. Yum! Orange and chocolate! I always find that chocolate makes me feel better - hope it worked for you! :)

  3. Lisa, thanks! I realized that I originally make it as a lemon pound cake and adpated it, but forgot to change that one part. I didnt use zest, but I am sure it would add something! It was really yummy!

    Melinda, thanks for stopping by, I did feel better. I have been a bit under the weather the past few days but the cake helped. Now I am off to read about your brownies....