When life…

“Unless life hands you water and sugar your lemonade is going to suck”
I saw this today on Pinterest (btw several people asked to follow me…it’s just my name so feel free to look it up, it’s a public site) and it made me laugh. Because if you are already a cranky pain in the butt and someone hands you lemons, you aren’t going to make lemonade…you will probably just chuck the lemons at people…which sometimes, let’s be honest sounds better than making lemonade. :P

I didn’t get lemons but I got a large box of Satusumas and needed to do something with them. I love orange and chocolate together. I also love Ina Garten’s lemon yogurt cake. I thought why not change it to orange and add some chocolate. Changed the recipe a little but it’s all good. No really, it’s good. Like hide it so others don’t get to have any good. :) Give them lemons instead. :P

Orange Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (I used Greek)
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
2 tsp. Grated orange zest (about two Satsuma’s)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, divided
1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl.

In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, yolk, 1/3 cup orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla.

Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the remaining 1/3 cup orange juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice and pour over the cake.
Adapted from Ina Garten


  1. I have a crate of clementines. This is perfect. And as luck would have it, I bought mini chips tonight at the grocery. woot!

  2. Looks yummy – love the orange glaze, too. But I really laughed at the thought of my grouchy self chucking lemons at people! Thanks for mid-week merriment and happy Christmas :)

  3. Holy yum-wow. I made your white chocolate ginger cookies today for the neighbors (my 4 year old devoured some too!). If I make this recipe I don’t think I’ll be willing to share. =)

  4. ROFL, now I have a picture of Mrs. Doubtfire pegging Pierce Brosnan in the back of the head with a lemon and calling it a “run by fruiting”.

    BTW, luscious looking cake, that.

  5. This cake looks really tempting and divine!

    Merry Christmas, dear!



  6. Wow, how yummy! I too like chocolate & orange together but do not bake with them together very often!

  7. In every Christmas story I’ve read set in a far-off time and place, kids always get oranges in their stockings–shifting the lemon to an orange flavor really transforms this into a classic ‘Christmas loaf.’ And I have a feeling that as lovely as citrus fruit may be, most people would rather find this cake near their stocking in morning!

  8. This looks really good…. I also have some clementines… I think I will bake today!!

  9. Mmmm. The combination of chocolate and orange is just a fantastic pairing. This loaf cake look fantastic :)

    Also, have you seen/heard about those chocolate oranges (it’s chocolate in the shape of an orange with like a million orange slices in it) It’s amazing.

  10. This looks so good..I’ve heard so much about that yogurt cake and still haven’t tried it. I think adding chocolate is the motivation I needed!!

    And…I sort of love the idea of chucking lemons at people. What is wrong with me????

  11. Mmm, this sounds delish! I love quickbreads.

  12. Made this today… oh. mah. gah. I know this is the time of giving, but I’m not sharing this with anyone. Mine mine mine!

  13. Thanks for sharing! I made this on Christmas Eve as gifts for a few friends. Tasted the batter and wished I had time to make another batch for myself. It turned out perfect and my friends loved their gifts. Have a wonderful new year – health, happiness, prosperity and peace to you!

  14. Even the glaze looks amazing.

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