The best chocolate cake: Chocolate Orange Spice Cake


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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6 Responses

  1. triona says:

    yummmm-i will be down for tea and cake this week!

  2. Hi thereThere is also a great gluten free chocolate polenta cake recipe in that Green & Black book.I wanted to give you a quick update on the Best in Season site – we’ve added a few new items to the site which you may find interesting, including a recipe competition (which you’d be welcome to enter) and the first farmer interview at the bottom of the site.Also, we are adding a links section to the site for food bloggers and would like to add a link to Bibliocook, would you be OK with that?

  3. Caroline says:

    I remember that polenta cake – I never seem to have polenta on hand when I need it though!I’ve been looking around Best in Season and I really like your what’s in season calendar. Now all I need to do is copy it into a neat PDF so that I can stick it up on the fridge! And I can attest to blueberries being in season at the moment – mine have just started to ripen, not that they’re going to be left on the bush for too long. They’re just too close to the clothes line…Mmmm – competition time! Recipes for new potatoes? Yes please! That’s definitely one for the Daily Spud.I’d love a link too! Thank you.

  4. Anna says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm….think i’ll try this with the tribe over the next few days. Was baking up a storm for school xmas fair last sunday and much to Roan’s disgust, didnt keep anything at home. He spent his meagre pocket money to buy back some of the rocky road we’d made 🙂
    Had to laugh at the ‘you’ll know when its done when it has cracked on top and slightly shrunk from the sides’ bit, as most of my cakes end up that way, whether they’re meant to or not!!

    • Caroline says:

      Poor Roan! I’d say he wasn’t best impressed by that. I still remember baking Blackberry Crumble with him when he could hardly reach into the bowl to help.

      This is a fantastic cake for pudding, especially served in thin slices with dollops of cream. Might not be too much to the taste of the kids though, unless you make it with chocolate that isn’t quite so dark.

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