I opened up my fridge and found a tub of Marscapone which needed to be used, that stuff is a little too pricey to let it just go past the used by date unused and unappreciated. So I scoured the internet for possible uses and came across this sort of tray cake, well I call it more a tray cake. The original recipe was for blondies, but the texture is more cake like, and moist.It was so easy to make , I literally used one bowl and had it all ready for baking in its little tray in 10 minutes.
The result was a moist cake just bursting with flavours of oranges, the dark chocolate on top was perfect in cutting through the sweetness without being to overpowering, and the nuts they just added a lovely crunch.
1/2 cup of butter, melted
1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
8 ounces of mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons of orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons of orange zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup of all-purpose flour
50 gr melted dark chocolate
handful of roasted chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour an 8X8 pan. Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.
Add the orange juice, zest, and mascarpone cheese and mix thoroughly.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together.
Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate and drizzle on the cake and sprinkle the chopped roasted walnuts
Cut into squares and serve.