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1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup unbleached cane sugar
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1⁄2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1⁄4 cup almond milk (or your preference)
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil (I used avocado oil*)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Zest of 1 orange
1 & 1⁄2 tbsp cacao powder
1 (8 oz) container unsweetened coconut yogurt
Zest of 1 orange
First things first, mix the orange juice and milk together and let rest until you combine the rest (approx. 5 minutes). Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and line your mold (I used a round 7'' but it can be made in an 8'' with slightly less height).
In a bowl, sift and combine all dry ingredients. Sifting is not everyone’s favorite, but trust me, it makes a big difference. Here is a shortcut—just put everything in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork and done and done; now is also the moment to add all the remaining wet ingredients into the milk and juice mix and mix until combined.
With either a hand or stand mixer, pour the wet ingredients and at low level mix while you gradually pour the dry ingredients. Divide the dough in half; in one half add the orange zest (and mix) and in the second half sift in the cacao powder (this one must be sifted to not get clumps).
Final step! Pour half of your orange batter in the mold and alternate with the chocolate batter until you have no more. Then, with a chopstick, the end of a spoon or a toothpick, make your choice of swirls. Into the oven it goes to bake for 32 minutes.
Once out of the oven, let it rest for 5 minutes in the mold and then turn out onto a rack until cool.
*I use avocado oil because of its good use on high heat, because it is more neutral than olive oil and because I try to avoid vegetable oil as personal preference, but if you don’t have avocado oil handy, then any neutral will seal the deal.
The simplest and most exciting steps of all, because soon you can eat it! Just open that yogurt and smother it on top of the cake, sprinkle the orange zest and pomegranate seeds.
The last and most important step: share and enjoy.