Have you realized that the word “desserts” is also “stressed” spelled backwards? Now if that isn’t a sign that a good dessert should not only relieve your stress and not cause you any headache in the first place, we don’t know what it is! Christmas desserts are usually best when they evoke a sense of togetherness, tradition and cheer. So skip the complicated jellies and rich French desserts and try something that combines the best of both worlds.
This Chocolate Orange Cointreau Butter Cake does just that. With a dense but fluffy butter cake base that harks back to childhood memories, made more elegant with the addition of Cointreau liquor and then a sharp note of orange zest that cuts through the richness, this dessert is made for a Christmas party.
If you want to add extra flair, a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream adds an icy creaminess to the cake that we are sure the children will love. Bake it in a fancy Bundt pan to impress your friends if you like – the two pretty layers of chocolate and orange add brownie points for presentation and style.
Best served with hot coffee and tea as well as lots of good company while everyone sits together and joins in some Christmas carols. Now we can’t think of a better way to end the year! > Chocolate & Orange Cointreau Butter Cake