A marbled plain and chocolate cake enhanced by orange liqueur is a recipe from Chocolate Queen and AGA Demonstrator, Patricia Dunbar. I’m certainly a lover of this dessert!
200g Bournville dark chocolate
175g (6 oz) softened butter
175g (6 oz) golden caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
175g (6 oz) self raising flour
½ level teaspoon baking powder
1 orange, grated rind and juice
85g (3 oz) white chocolate, chopped
For the syrup:
115g (4 oz) granulated sugar
3-4 tbsp Cointreau or other orange liqueur
150ml (¼ pint) double cream
4 tbsp single cream
A 23cm (9 inch) spring form cake tin, lightly greased and base lined with Bake-O-Glide (AG356)
1. Break half the dark chocolate into a bowl; melt then cool; reserve the remainder for the top. Cream the butter and sugar together, slowly add the beaten eggs with a little flour then fold in all the dry ingredients with the finely grated orange rind. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little orange juice.
2. Spoon half the mixture into a bowl with the melted dark chocolate and stir the chopped white chocolate into the other half. Space spoons of white mixture in the tin with the chocolate mixture in between and smooth the top very gently.
2 Oven AGA: Bake on the oven grid shelf on the lowest set of runners with the cold plain shelf immediately above it for about 30-35 minutes; watch the timing.
3 and 4 Oven AGA: Bake toward the bottom half of the Baking Oven for about 35 minutes until cooked through, protect with the cold plain shelf if necessary.
4. Cool a little in the tin before turning out. Return the cake to the clean tin. Dissolve the sugar in 4 tablespoons of water and when the sugar granules have disappeared, bring the syrup to boil for 3 or 4 minutes until slightly thicker, add any remaining orange juice from making the cake. Cool before adding the orange liqueur then pour over the cake in the tin.
5. Later, lift the cake onto a pretty plate. Lightly whip the creams together then swirl over the top of the marble cake and decorate with chocolate curls or grated chocolate.
Bake in a moderately hot oven 190°C (375°F) Gas Mark 5 for about 35 minutes until cooked in the centre.