Orange & Chocolate Chips Pound Cake

Orange & Chocolate Chips Pound Cake

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We woke up last Thursday to a low beam sunlight peeping in through our large glass balcony door, unlike other days when I would be forced to wake up by the bright sun . I was happy , thinking it was one of those cozy foggy days that had returned . I opened up my balcony to let in some cool breeze , but alas !!! it was a dust storm that had engulfed the whole of the gulf region. PHEWW !!! I somehow closed the door to find that everything inside the room has been covered with a film of dust , including  ME !!! I had a real hard time cleaning up the mess L . The weather here is so unpredictable! The weather all across the globe is quite topsy turvy these days .The UAE and other gulf countries had experienced  a frightening Dust and Sand storm and the visibility had even come down to 100 meters’  .That meant , we had to cancel our weekend plans and stay back home for the whole day .

Even after all the extra work that the storm gave me , I was pretty happy thinking about getting a whole weekend to stay at home with my love ❤  .And baked a cake to celebrate the weekend !!!  Im one of the kind who bakes a cake any time im happy ( read as happy , sad or emotional 😛 ) . Baking is like a therapy , except for the clean up !

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I have been having this cake in mind for a long time now , but then every time I was bitten by the lazy bug, now I did not have any other option that staying in .So I baked this light , moist , flavorful cake and instantly fell in love with it . There was an ‘explosion of Orange flavors’ in every bite and it lingers. Try it and you’ll fall in love too ❤

This  is a Martha Stewart recipe , I substituted with oranges in the recipe ❤

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Orange & Chocolate Chips Pound Cake

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  2. 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  3. 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  4. Zest of 2 medium oranges, finely grated
  5. 1/3 cup freshly squeezed Orange juice
  6. 3/4  teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 2 cups sugar (I added 1 ¾ cups since I prefer it less sweeter)
  10. 5 large eggs
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips ( more if desired )

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F ), with rack in lowest position.
  2. Butter and flour two medium load pans. ( you could use any pan )
  3. In a small bowl (or liquid measuring cup), combine buttermilk with Orange zest and juice.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Fold in the flour mixture in three parts alternately with the buttermilk mixture in two, beginning and ending with flour; combine just until smooth (do not over mix). ( you can use the mixer at low speed for this step ) .
  8. Add in the chocolate chips and fold in lightly
  9. Divide batter evenly between pans; smooth tops.
  10. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes (cover with foil if browning too quickly).
  11. Cool 15 minutes in pan. Turn out cakes onto a rack .

 NOTES

  1. This recipe can be easily halved, I did that !
  2. You can make your own Butter milk at home by combining 1 cup or milk with a tablespoon of vinegar or lime juice. Let stand for 10 minutes, you will see curdled bits in the mixture, And your home made butter milk is ready.
  3. Take care not to over mix the cake batter to get a light and fluffy cake.

You may want to check another easy cake recipe here .

Love 

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