Orangette’s Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

by cakeduchess on March 21, 2011 · 43 comments


Sometimes you get hid with a craving. It hits you like a freight train. Well, it hits me like a freight train. I’m relaxing with a good book, food blog, or cooking magazine. I see a recipe. I bolt in the kitchen and immediately start to make the recipe. That’s what happened with this cake.

You see, I’ve been reading Molly Wizenberg’s book “A Homemade Life” off and on for over a year now. I usually am reading it in bed before I fall asleep. The cravings just fade away as soon as I close my eyes. I dream of making the lovely recipes and they turn out delicious.
I’ve been spending many hours relaxing this past week outside with the kids while they have been on Spring Break. They’re swimming and I’m still recuperating from my last procedure; all I can do is read. The craving I’ve been fighting was Molly’s chocolate cake from page 44. She makes them into cupcakes but explains you can also make the recipe into an 8 or 9 inch pan. She also explains you could make it into a layer cake. I’m not sure if it would work for me as a layer cake because I’m not the best cake slicer and I would have to cut the slices very thin.
But as a single layer cake, this cake was just delightful!Smile It was every thing it promised.


Molly talks about how coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate. I discovered that little secret a few years back and have been adding espresso to most of my chocolate desserts. This cake is moist and rich. The glaze was just the right amount of decadence. Everyone approved. It smelled intoxicating while it was baking.
My craving was more than satisfied. You must try out this recipe. Molly’s blog was one of the first food blogs I happened across during one of my pregnancies. I had plenty of free time back them and I loved to read her stories and recipes. She inspired me to take the plunge and start my own food blog.  I’m looking forward to Molly’s next book!

Orangette’s Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

1 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup hot brewed coffee
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup well-stirred, plain, whole-milk yogurt (not low fat or nonfat)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C).  (I baked my cake on 320 F.) I lined a 9 inch cake pan and sprayed the pan and the parchment paper before pouring the batter into it. If you use muffin pans, line them with the cupcake holders.

Put the semisweet chocolate in a medium bowl with hot coffee. Let it stand, stirring occasionally until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips as I was out of semi-sweet chocolate pieces and I used espresso coffee.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg until it is pale yellow. Add the oil, yogurt, and vanilla, beating well.
Gradually pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and beat till it combines thoroughly.
Add all the dry ingredients in three portions and beat on low speed until the batter is just combined. With a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and briefly stir to make sure all the dry ingredients are absorbed.

This is how the batter will look. Nice and smooth.
Spoon the batter into the lined cake pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
If you bake in the muffin tins, bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean.

slightly adapted
8 oz bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Melt the bittersweet (or semisweet)chocolate in a  metal or glass bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir frequently to prevent scorching. If you find the chocolate too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water and stir until combined. When the chocolate is completely smooth, it is ready. Stir in the 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup.

Let the cake or cupcakes cool completely before frosting. You could store the cupcakes in an air tight container at room temperature.

Thank you for stopping by today! I know Monday’s can be rough…this Chocolate Cake should make you smile and make you DROOL! Don’t just drool over it, give it a try!!

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box March 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

This looks incredible! :-) Thanks for sharing! :-) I’ve voted for you on Babble! Good luck!


Wilde in the Kitchen March 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I love a simple, single layer cake. No fuss of cutting layers and crumb coating means less time from oven to mouth! This looks fabulous, so chocolatey!


Maria March 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I love simple cakes. This one looks fantastic!


Evan @swEEts March 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Looks alright to me :) I love the simplicity of the single layer!


Claudia March 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Molly’s recipes have been a mainstay in our home – they never disappoint – as evidenced by your delicious recreation.


Roxan March 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This cake looks lovely, Lora. I also find that coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate! I have a small container of instant coffee granules that I’ll use in my chocolate goods.


Carolyn March 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

It’s such a gorgeous one layer cake, I don’t think I would be bothered to slice it either!


The Mom Chef March 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’m a fan of single layer cakes too (simply because I mess up anything more fancy). This looks like something the family would love.


Pegasuslegend March 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Oh boy does this sing my name lovely and totally yummy!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This cake looks terrific! Sometimes nothing beats a homemade chocolate cake!


Shawn March 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm


Voted for you on!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I love that this is a single layer – seems less intimidating than a massive cake to be eaten!


A Thought For Food March 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm


I don’t know how you do it. Where does all this stuff go? I’ve seen pictures of you… and you’re tiny. So, who is eating all this food?




kita March 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I think the best food comes from these have-to-have-right-now cravings! This cake looks wonderful.


Cheryl and Adam @ March 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

We big fans of Molly’s as well, and this looks just fabulous! I agree a single layer cake is just easier to deal with sometimes and, frankly, there’s less to tempt us later!


Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips March 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Yum! This looks delicious! Coffee and Chocolate are always good together! Great recipe!


Karen March 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I loved that book! This cake recipe definitely stood out…and it looks fantastic here! I’m with you on the not being able to slice evenly…I always end up lopsided.


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Michael Toa March 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

The cake looks fiercely delicious. You frosted yours so beautifully. I also adore the combination of coffee and chocolate. Yum.


Becky March 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Your cake looks so good, and a one layer cake is quicker and easier to frost, so you can eat it sooner, to feed your craving.


Denise March 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I also love Orangette’s blog & book! This cake looks like such chocolaty (is that a word?) goodness. I bet it’s long gone by now. Glad you had a relaxing spring break!!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen


Sandra March 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

Double Yum!


Sandra March 22, 2011 at 1:13 am

I hear you about reading before sleeping..I do it often and then dreams come:)) of course food dreams:)
Your cake turned so good and delicious! Love how chocolaty it is!


Lizzy March 22, 2011 at 1:18 am

Oh, yum…looks like the perfect cake for our family :) Congrats on your nomination…I’ll pop over and vote!


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom March 22, 2011 at 1:55 am

Loved Molly’s book and didn’t realize she was working on another book so that makes my day. I bet your cake was gone in no time. That’s the great thing about a single layer.


Happy When Not Hungry March 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

What a beautiful chocolate cake! My mouth is watering. Definitely need to grab Orangette’s cookbook too!


Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen March 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

You’re right-that is easy! That would be super easy to convert to GF too! I’m trying to lay off sweets since I had to give up my gym membership, but this is sorely tempting!!


Pretend Chef March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Looks so delicious! I will need to check out the cookbook because this cake would be perfect for the birthday season upon me. Yummy!


Sanjeeta kk March 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Certainly the cake has brightened my week ahead :) Love the gorgeous baked beauty!


Peggy March 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

That is one incredible-looking cake! I think you’ve given me the urge to go right into my kitchen and start baking this! =)


Sprinkled with Flour March 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’ve been looking for a good chocolate cake to make, these one sounds perfect! I love your icing swirls, so perfect:)


Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Oh how I love chocolate cake! I wish I had a giant slice of your cake right now for breakfast. I would even give up my bagel for your cake! ;)


Jamie March 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I love simple, one pan chocolate cakes like this and so does my family. Perfect breakfast and snack cake! Coffee does do magic to chocolate cake batter.


Emily Malloy March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I must eat this. Now.


Yuri March 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Chocolate makes everything better :D


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briarrose March 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

What a beautiful cake. It rare to see a single layer anymore. :)


Lael Hazan @educatedpalate March 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thick and rich and chocolate…. more need not be said ;)


Raina March 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I am always craving chocolate cake. It is by far my favorite treat. Yours looks amazing.

I voted for you on Babble:)


Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Yum! That cake looks amazing! Good luck on Babble! You deserve it!


Magic of Spice March 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Gorgeous cake!


Patty H. March 25, 2011 at 12:28 am

This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it.
Heading over to vote now…..good luck!


A little bit of everything March 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Oh how I love homemade chocolate cake, Thanks for sharing Lora, looks amazing.


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