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You know those delicious chocolate oranges given out during the holidays? Now imagine those as a cake bar.

Chocolate Orange Cake Bars

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup (150 grams white granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) water

  • 3/4 cup (240 grams orange marmalade

  • 1 cup (245 grams sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup (125 grams all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup (59 grams dark cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon (12 grams baking powder

  • For chocolate ganache:

  • 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) heavy cream

  • 1 cup (175 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Candied orange slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and butter the sides. Set aside.

  2. Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla into a mixer bowl and whisk until eggs are light, fluffy and almost white in color. In a small cup, dissolve the instant coffee in 2 tablespoons of water, then add to the eggs. Add the marmalade and sour cream and use a spatula to gently fold in the ingredients.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter in small batches. Fold in the flour completely after each addition; fold gently to keep the eggs as light and fluffy as possible.

  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly to the edges. Bake in preheated oven until top is completely set, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven onto wire rack to cool completely.

  5. To prepare the ganache: heat the heavy cream until hot. Stir in the chocolate chips until a smooth ganache forms. Place in the refrigerator to set. Once cooled, use a flat spatula to spread the ganache over the top of the cake. Cut the sheet into small squares and top with orange candies, if desired. Store covered.

Chocolate Orange Cake Bars
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- Today I'm making these chocolate orange cake bars. They're really elegant. Perfect for any occasion. Let's get started. I'm going to add my eggs. Next I'm going to add my sugar and a little bit of vanilla for some flavor. So I'm gonna whisk this on high speed until the mixture is really light and fluffy. Alright, all done with that, and now it's time to add the rest of our ingredients. I'm going to be dissolving some instant coffee with water. Stir it around until it's completely dissolved. Now it's time to add that into my egg and sugar mixture. My next ingredient is sour cream. And my favorite part, some orange marmalade. Grab my spatula and just fold this all together. Alright, I have my wet ingredients all done. Now it's time to prep our dry ingredients. In my mixing bowl here I have my all-purpose flour. To that I'll be adding dark cocoa powder and some baking powder. Just mix this all together until I have a uniform mixture. So I'm going to drop my dry ingredients into the batter and then gently whisk just until they're incorporated. You don't want to over-mix the batter. Time to get this transferred into our baking pan. So I'm just going to pour everything right in. Just make sure that batter is spread evenly across the pan, and this is gonna go into my preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is set. While my cake is in the oven, I'm going to get started on my chocolate ganache. So in that small saucepan, I'm going to heat my cream until it's really nice and hot. You wanna heat it just until you can see some steam coming off the surface. And now I'm going to add in my chocolate. So I've turned off the heat on the stove and I'm just going to whisk the cream and the chocolate together until I have a smooth ganache. And this looks perfect. I'm just going to set it aside for now away from the heat. I just took my cake out of the oven and it smells so good. Now it's time to get it out of the pan. Drop that over the top and flip it over. Perfect. Going to lift off this parchment paper. The aroma of this cake is just mouthwatering. It just takes me back to my childhood because my mom always used to make this cake for us. We'd come home from school and the whole house would smell like this chocolate orange cake. Time to get this cake covered in our chocolate ganache. Pour it right over the top. Grab a little offset spatula and just spread it evenly across the top. Now it's time to cut the cake sheet into bars. And now for the final little bit of garnish, I'm gonna add some candied orange pieces on the top. These look perfect. Time to plate them. These cake bars are irresistibly good. It's time to dig in and enjoy one of these. Mm, perfect combination of chocolate and citrus. They beautiful, elegant. They're gonna be perfect for any occasion and everybody's going to enjoy them.