Double Trouble: Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake and Orange SugarCookiesWith Dark Chocolate Glaze

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It’s the little things in life, I tell you. The little, sweet, chocolatey things! I am so excited for fall and halloween recipes! Fall is my favorite time of year – the crisp air, warm cocoa, and cozy fireside chats do wonders for the soul. My family has never really celebrated Halloween [ except for that one time I dressed up as Alice and made a bomb White Rabbit costume for a friend. But, I digress. ]. Rather than avoiding the holiday altogether I try to marry harvest happiness with a little bit of sophisticated spookiness.

..It’s spooktacular 😉

To kick off the fall/halloween recipes [ falloween! It’s late as I write this, don’t judge my word merges 😉 ] I am sharing a double trouble recipe: Orange Chocolate Bundt Cake PLUS Orange Sugar Cookies with a Dark Chocolate Glaze. The secret to these wickedly delicious recipes? Fanta® Orange Soda. That’s right, good old soda pop! The simplicity of this recipe, and the bonus orange sugar cookie recipe down below, makes these fall/halloween treats ideal for a fun get together with friends or family. Or both!

I popped over to Family Dollar to get everything that I needed for these fun and scrumptious halloween inspired recipes! Family Dollar is one of my favorite stores to shop for fun table-scape decor and recipe ingredient additions, when I’m on a budget. You can find everything you need for a recipe or party without breaking the bank, and you can shop more deals on Family Dollar’s SmartCoupons portal – y’all know how much I like to save money!

To keep things simple I made this cake & sugar cookies using a mix base that I bought at the store.  Semi-homemade recipes are great when you need to be zippy in the kitchen. I used gluten free mixes, but, these recipes work with classic wheat based mixes as well.

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GLUTEN FREE ORANGE CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE
Prep Time: 5 minutes  |  Bake Time: 25 minutes  |  Serves: 8-10
Ingredients:
For the cake
1 package of gluten free chocolate cake mix [ you can use your favorite scratch recipe if you prefer ]
4 eggs
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 cup of Fanta Orange Soda
For the glaze
1 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
2-6 tblsp of water
Kitchen Tools:
mixing bowl
spatula or whisk
bundt pan – greased with coconut oil
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Instructions.
Preheat oven to 375˚ and grease bundt pan with coconut oil.

1. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, orange zest, and Fanta Orange Soda. Mix well.

2. Pour cake batter into greased bundt pan and sprinkle top with coconut sugar and orange zest. Bake according to cake mix directions. About 25 minutes or until done in center. Use a skewer to test the center.

3. Remove cake from pan and set aside to cool completely. Remove cake top so the cake sits flat.

4. Make the sugar glaze – combine the powdered sugar, water, and Fanta Orange Soda. Whisk until glaze is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  You might need to adjust the quantities a bit to get it just right. Spoon glaze all over the top of the cake. Top with orange zest and coconut sugar!

Slice, feast, and enjoy!

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I love you guys so much that I have included a bonus Orange Sugar Cookie recipe for your fall/halloween entertaining. Or you know for your own indulgence! They are soft and sweet, sugary and chocolatey! All of the tasty things that we crave.
 
I know, I know, they sound delicious. You can cyber hug me if you want 😉
 
I returned to the Fanta Orange soda for these cookies and it was a phenomenal decision. Fanta is a 100% natural soft drink inspired by real deal fruit flavors, so I feel good about using it in these recipes. It comes in eight super tasty flavors so you never know what soda cake or soda cookie i’ll come up with next! I couldn’t find the halloween ‘Noma Bar’ designed packaging, but, I had some wickedly good fun anyway! Look for the one-stop Fanta Halloween display at Family Dollar to make shopping quick and easy!
For this sugar cookie recipe I went with big and bold. Who doesn’t love a giant sugar cookie dipped in dark chocolate!
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ORANGE SUGAR COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE GLAZE
Prep Time: 5 minutes  |  Bake Time: 12-15 minutes  |  Makes: 24 large cookies
Ingredients:
 
For the cookies
1 package of gluten free sugar cookie mix [ I used Pillsbury ]
1 stick of butter softened or 1/2 cup of margarine
1 egg
2 tablespoons of Fanta Orange soda
1/4 tsp orange zest
 
For the dark chocolate ganache
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips [ I use Ghirardelli 60% dark ]
1/4 cup Fanta Orange soda
 
Kitchen Tools:
 
Mixing bowl
fork
baking sheet
parchment paper
spoon
measuring spoons/cups
small pot + bowl [ for double boiler ]
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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350˚ and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. Combine cookie mix, egg, softened butter, and orange soda in a medium mixing bowl. Mix until dough is soft and formed.
2. Form cookie dough into 2-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle top with sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes.
3. Remove cookies and place on wire rack to cool completely.
 
4. In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate chips and orange soda together – stirring constantly. About 5 minutes.
5. Holding the cookies from the edge, dip the top into the dark chocolate ganache. Twist and lift up cookie for clean edges. Sprinkle tops with sugar and allow chocolate to harden. About 30 minutes.
Share and enjoy!
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These wickedly delicious Orange Sugar Cookies and Orange Chocolate cake pair beautifully with chocolate ice cream! Serve up one or both with a couple of generous scoops of your favorite chocolate ice cream and savor every bite! These recipes are quick and easy, making them perfect your fall or halloween get together!
What are some of your favorite recipes using Fanta? Have you tried a soda cake or cookies yet? Do you shop at Family Dollar for your party planning needs? If so, what are some of your favorite goods to shop for?
 
With Love,
PS – Shop the Family Dollar SmartCoupons Portal and save $1 when you buy (1) Fanta 12-pack 12oz cans AND (1) Red Baron pizza 12oz or larger, with digital Smartcoupon. ( 10/24/16 – 10/31/16 ) 

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