In 2011, I was fortunate to receive a sampling of their cookies, granola and Sour Cream Coffee Cake and I can honestly say that their baked goods are quality and delicious. Tate's Bake Shop is located in the Hamptons, and is owned by Kathleen King. I've seen her featured on Ina Garten's show "The Barefoot Contessa".
I enjoyed flipping through the recipes, and I bookmarked a few. The one recipe that really stood out to me was the Chocolate-Blood Orange Cake. The photograph was so pretty, and this marbled cake reminded me of my own mom's version. One of the signature cakes that my mother often baked was a Marbled Kugel Kuchen, that had a yellow batter with chocolate. I never did get that recipe from her, so I thought I'd try this version
Blood oranges aren't in season, so I used Navel Oranges for this recipe. The recipe lists 2 ounces, each, of bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate. The batter ingredients includes two sticks of butter, and one cup of sour cream. I love adding sour cream to cakes because I can pretty much be guaranteed that the cake will be moist.
Pure Orange oil and a little bit of Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor. These are baking ingredients that I use all the time, and I think they add some extra flavor to my baked goods.
The other half of the cake batter has the melted (and cooled) chocolate whipped into it. (I omitted using mini chocolate chips.) The batter is spooned in, alternately.
I love this Heritage Bundt Pan, because it makes a really pretty cake. I find that, if sprayed properly with a non-stick baking/flour spray, that cakes pop right out. The cake is cooled, in the pan, for about 10 minutes.
My husband was more than willing to be my honest taste tester.
I brewed a cup of hot tea, and gingerly touched the slice of cake, before taking my own taste test. It was very soft. Yes!
I'm so pleased with this recipe that I look forward to trying several others that Kathleen King has created.
It features a lemon tea loaf, buttery-rich shortbread squares, an individual coffee cake, a box of our famous crispy chocolate chip cookies and copy of Baking for Friends, with over 120 delicious recipes.
And until May 12th, 2013 anyone who visits the Tate's Bake Shop website can save 20% on a purchase with discount code: mom13.
Thank you so much Tate's Bake Shop for your cookbook. I look forward to sharing more recipes, and someday, I hope to visit the Hamptons. Here's the recipe for the cake: