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“This is a cake longing for a crowd and a BBQ get together or Cinco De Mayo. Something just a little bit different to light up your life.”
1hr 20mins

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, water, the 2 tablespoons butter, the corn syrup, and ancho chile powder. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour mixture just until combined.
  4. Divide batter into two equal portions- to one portion, add the 1 tablespoon orange peel and the 2 tablespoons orange juice; mix well. To the other portion, add chocolate mixture; mix well. Spoon batters, half at a time, into the prepared pan, alternating orange and chocolate batters.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan.
  6. Using a long-tined fork, poke the cake all over. Brush or drizzle with the 1/4 cup orange juice. Cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Prepare Chocolate-Orange Ganache and Orange Whipped Cream:
  8. Spoon the ganache over cake and, if desired, sprinkle with additional finely shredded orange peel. Serve with the whipped cream. Makes 12 to 16 servings.
  9. CHOCOLATE ORANGE GANACHE: In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream over medium-high heat just until boiling. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces; do not stir.
  10. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel. If necessary, cool for 15 minutes to thicken.
  11. ORANGE WHIPPED CREAM: In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup whipping cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  12. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Fold in 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel.

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