IMG_6657whenever i am in town, i make it a point to bake for the church… i haven’t managed to feed all the mouths, but i think i am doing as best as i can (-o⌒) …it’s difficult to make bread for they are usually hardened slightly by the following day (in Beijing) ~ plus, i really like to serve my bread fresh and warm…  so when Zoe told me that this was truly one of her favourites among her bakes, i knew i had to give it a go (๑>ᴗ<๑)

Recipe adapted from Bake for Happy Kids 

Ingredients (serves 10 – 12)
* Zoe’s modifications in green

IMG_6659160g soft unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
a dab flavorless vegetable oil, for greasing syrup spoon
2 tbsp golden syrup or dark corn syrup – (I used golden syrup)
1 cup dark brown sugar – (I used 60g dark muscovado sugar for half of the recipe)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda – (replaced with baking powder)
3 tbsp best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted – (I used 10g Valrhona Dutch processed ones for half of the recipe)
2 eggs
zest of 2 regular orange and juice of 1 (1/3 cup)
My extra addition: 40g chopped Callebaut dark chocolate with 55% cocoa for half of the recipe 

Directions

IMG_6656– 1x 2-pound loaf pan or sixteen 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm miniature loaf pans
– Preheat the oven to 325°F or 150°C fan forced and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the sides, or line with a paper loaf-pan liner. – I didn’t line my loaf pans as they are made of non-stick silicon
– Beat the already soft butter with the syrup – if you dab a little oil on your tablespoon measure with a sheet of paper towel, the syrup shouldn’t stick to the spoon – and the sugar until you have a fairly smooth caffe Americano cream, though the sugar will have a bit of grit about it
– Mix the flour, baking soda (or baking powder), and cocoa powder together, and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tbsp of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another couple of spoonfuls of the dry ingredients before beating in the second egg 
– Carry on beating in the remaining dry ingredients and then add, still beating, the orange zest and finally, gradually, the juice. At this stage, the batter may suddenly look dimpled, as if slightly curdled. No need to panic!
– Stir in chopped chocolate if you wish. Pour and scrape into the prepared pan and bake for 45 mins (or 20 mins for smaller loaves), though check 5 mins before and be prepared to keep it in the oven 5 mins longer if need be. A cake tester won’t come out entirely clean, as the point of this cake, light though it may be, is to have just a hint of inner stickiness. Let cool a little in its pan on a wire rack, then turn out with care and leave on the rack to cool
– Note: Using half of the recipe, I have baked eight 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm miniature loaves at or 150°C fan forced for 20 mins

Personal notes:

IMG_6655– i followed the original recipe, except that i used 120g organic coconut sugar and adapted Zoe’s idea of adding in chopped chocolate (which i highly recommend о(ж>▽<)y ☆)
– baked cuppies were decorated with melted dark chocolate, walnut, chopped pistachio and dried candied orange slices

IMG_6661thanks Zoe for your recommendation… this is indeed a wonderful recipe ヾ(@† ▽ †@)ノ

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organised by Bake for Happy KidsMy Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Ann of Anncoo Journal

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and also linking this post to Cook Like A Star organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, co hosting with Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Mich of Piece of Cake

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  • joceline (April 21, 2014)

    那么多个小蛋糕。看来我可以吃多几个了。哈哈哈 。。。。。。

  • Mel (April 21, 2014)

    Hi Victoria
    If I could get hold one of this from you for my afternoon tea now, that would be great. You aways make something out of it looking so pretty.

  • Fion@轩宏妈 (April 21, 2014)

    这么棒的食谱,我当然不会错过
    打令,我要一打哦。。。嘻嘻嘻

  • 鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 (April 21, 2014)

    很饱满很浓郁噢,看起来配咖啡是一流的,嘻嘻

  • eileen (April 21, 2014)

    如果我的church有你这个同伴,该有多好啊@

  • moon (April 21, 2014)

    那么多杯,来来来,我帮你吃一点

  • Tze (April 21, 2014)

    很美的小蛋糕!一个不够啦 ^^

  • May Law (April 21, 2014)

    有很多个杯子,我不贪心。。我只要一杯!

  • Esther Lau aka Copycake Kitchen (April 21, 2014)

    I tried this recipe before so i don\’t this is super yummy!
    The decoration on top look beautiful 🙂

  • 0620 (April 21, 2014)

    chocolate and orange是好kawan,呵呵!!
    那个杯子很漂亮哦 XD

  • Ann Low (April 21, 2014)

    Nice decoration and wrapper makes the cake looks so pretty! Love the chocolate and orange combinations, so perfect!
    Thanks for linking to LTU 🙂

  • xiao (April 21, 2014)

    这样的搭配有火花~呵呵^^
    喜欢呢=)

  • Mich Piece of Cake (April 22, 2014)

    I made this recipe too and it was amazing! Loved that you made it into mini cakes.

  • kitchen flavours (April 23, 2014)

    Hi Victoria,
    I like your version of making this into cupcakes! No greasy knife to wash! haha!
    Thanks for linking!

  • Zoe (April 29, 2014)

    Hi Victoria,

    Glad that you like this recipe! Yeah… adding chopped chocolate make these cakes extra good! I think you have made everyone in the church very happy 😀 I reckon if you bake more cupcakes, you will make them happier 😀 😀 😀

    Zoe

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