Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that is over-hyped by many, dreaded by most, and yet still a lovely day for some. I’ve spent many o’ Valentine’s Day drinking wine with my girlfriends and eating Fannie Mae trinidads that my mom buys me each year. And it’s been lovely indeed.
If your mom doesn’t buy you trinidads, though–don’t fret. Make this cake instead. I brought this to cooking club (a biweekly wine-drinking and vegetarian-cooking night with great friends) and it was gone in a few minutes. They are my kind of people. It’s very moist despite not being soaked in sugar syrup as most are. It’s elegant, yet simple. I’m very proud of this one. Try it out sometime. Either on Valentine’s Day or one of the other 365 days this year. Hooray for leap year! An extra day for cake!
So what sorts of romantic things will I be doing this year now that I’ve got — as my grandma says –“a honey” to share it with? Making dinner together and going to an Anti-Valentine’s Day party, of course!
I’ll leave you with some adorable photos of the iconic Julia Child and her husband of almost 50 years, Paul. I just love them. Cheers.
Orange Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
zest of 4 oranges
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup milk at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and zest until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (with a hand mixer). Next, add the eggs one at a time with the mixer on low speed. Mix until combined.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl combine the orange juice, milk, and vanilla.
Switch off adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the creamed butter. I split the flour into three and the milk in half. You want to make sure to start and end with the flour. Mix until just combined.
Measure out one cup of the batter. Add the melted chocolate to the cup of batter and stir quickly to avoid the chocolate cooling too fast and chunking.
Butter and flour your bundt pan making sure to get in every nook and cranny! Next, pour in all of the orange batter, reserving the chocolate. Then, spoon in the chocolate batter over the top of the orange batter, trying your best to distribute it evenly all the way around. Then, take a butter knife and carve figure 8 shapes (you can also just swirl around, but the figure 8’s help you stay consistent). That will give you a marble effect.
Bake in the oven until a toothpick stuck through the middle comes out clean. About 45-55 minutes. Turn half way through to ensure even baking.