February 14, 2010

Chocolate Orange Cake

It's just about 2 weeks from the Jewish holiday of Purim when us members of the tribe make baskets full of delicious goodies to deliver to our friends. I always love to test out new recipes during the weeks leading up to Purim so that I can include new treats each year. So far, the Lemon Raspberry Cookie Sandwiches I made this past week have made the cut. I brought them in for my office mates who quickly devoured them and requested another batch. Sorry guys, you'll have to wait another 2 weeks.

This morning, I put together a new recipe for Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cake and I'm happy to report it's delicious! And in honor of Valentine's Day... heart shaped :)

Some notes:
  1. Of course I made the recipe using gluten free flour but you can use regular flour if you want to. For my flour mix, I referred to Karina's, aka Gluten Free Goddess, from her blog. You can find the mix here.
  2. This recipe cake be made into a cake or cupcakes. Baking times for each are included in the recipe.
And without further adieu...

Chocolate Orange Cake
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix or regular flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled vinegar
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp orange zest

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your choice of pan (cupcake tin, cake pan, etc..).
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt & cinnamon. Add the applesauce, vanilla extract, vinegar, water & orange zest and mix until well combined.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan of choice and bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes (for cake) or 25 minutes (for cupcakes).
Cool & enjoy!


  1. These sound/look so delicious! Your picture is gorgeous too! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

  2. Beautiful cake, and love the heart shape!

  3. That is incredibly beautiful! Irresistible, really. And, I bet it tastes fantastic. ;-)