Spiced orange Sacher torte

Chocolate and orange – it's a combination that just works.
Triangular slices of iced chocolate cake on a marble off-white background.Louise Lister

Chocolate and orange is a no-fail combination, but we’ve taken it up a notch with this aromatic twist on the time-honoured Sacher torte.


Chocolate glaze


1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm springform tin and line base and side with baking paper (see note).
2.Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the water touch the base of the bowl) and stir until melted and smooth (3 minutes). Cool slightly.
3.Whisk eggs and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer until tripled in volume (8 minutes). Sift over flour and spice and gently fold with a whisk to combine.
4.Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl. Fold in egg mixture in two batches, then pour mixture into tin and smooth the surface.
5.Bake cake until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (50 minutes). Stand cake in tin for 20 minutes before transferring, top-side up, to a wire rack to cool.
6.For the chocolate glaze, place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place cream in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour hot cream over chocolate and stir until smooth.
7.Trim top of cake to level. Cut a round of baking paper slightly larger than the cake and place on a wire rack. Turn cake upside-down onto the baking paper. Cut cake in half horizontally, spread base layer with warmed marmalade then top with remaining cake layer. Place cake on a rack over a tray, then pour glaze over, using a palette knife to spread glaze evenly.

If you can, lock in the base of your springform tin upside-down, so the base is level. This will make it easier to slide the cake off the base.


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