There is a big difference between thinking about doing something and being motivated enough to actually do it. I have been thinking a lot about doing some baking (among other things, like being a functional human) but I haven't been feeling all that motivated to actually do it. To my defence we haven't really been home and food situations have been taking place at sisters or moms house. So yeah, can't exactly bake a cake, take pictures, and not pull my hear out with 15 people running around the kitchen.. But yesterday I had the afternoon at home to get some shit done and it was the perfect time to open the door,(it wasalmost warm enough to have the door open!!!) put on some tunes, and bake a little something something before we headed over to dinner at my sisters.
Nothing to fancy or overly pretentious, just something that people will eat (especially my mom, she needs all the cake in the word). And a loaf because loafs travel well and sometimes a cake just calls for 90 degree angles. Chocolate because it's chocolate (everyone likes chocolate) with and orange glaze for a slight pop of brightness and honestly, cause I bought a shit ton of oranges a few weeks back and they need to be used up asap.
A welcome back to the kitchen, simple chocolate loaf cake. And after it was devoured by the family (mom loved it) I thought aboutchanging the name to a "Freak Yeah, Damn Tasty, Super Fantastic, Simple Chocolate Cake"..... but that's kind of a long name.
The stuff. Got abowl with flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder, and sugar. Then a cup of what is 1/2 soy milkand 1/2 coffee, some vanilla extract, a little apple cider vinegar, and some oil. That's cake stuff. The glaze stuff is the powdered sugar, the orange, and another pinch of salt and splash of vanilla.
Super simple. Whisk all the dry together
Then just dump all the wet stuff into the dry and mix it all up until everything is evenly incorporated.
Batter goes into a greased loaf pan and into the oven.......45 minutes later...... it's all cooked and stuff. Ttake it out and let it cool.
While the cake is cooling, make that glaze. Powdered sugar, orange zest, a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla go into a bowl. Whisk together with just enough orange juice to make it all come together and is all glaze like.
When the cake is completely cooled, drizzle (dump) glaze all over cake. And really, make sure the cake is cooled or else the cake will just absorb the glaze.
Drip drip drip.... Next time I will remember to do this over a plate or something, there is sugary glaze everywhere.
And now the loaf cake is done, ready for eating.
Have a great day, get motivated and start planning for the WEEKEND! (Cake should be included in those plans)
A Simple Chocolate Loaf Cake with Orange Glaze
Makes one loaf cake
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup oil (any oil but if you use coconut, make sure it's melted)
- 1/2 soy milk
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- an orange (about a tablespoon of fresh zest and 1/2 the juice of half of the orange)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- splash of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. Dump in the rest of the ingredients and mix until evenly incorporated. Pour batter into a greased a 9x5loaf pan then stick into the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
To make the glaze, mix the sugar, a tiny pinch of salt and the zest of the orange together. Add in a splash of vanilla and slowly add in orange juice until the glaze is the consistency that you want.(not to thick or to thin)
Once cake has completely cooled, drizzle the glaze all over the cake.
Now you can grab a knife, cut a slice,and call it a day.