Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chocolate Orange Cake

One of my favourite treats when I was young was a Terry's Chocolate Orange which arrived on your birthday, and we loved the tap and unwrap process of smashing the sphere of chocolate off the nearest hard surface and hoping two sections would still be stuck together, as you could claim that as one piece.  I'm a big fan of chocolate and orange together so I decided that I needed to make a cake with soft chocolate sponge and a tangy orange icing.

Everybody needs a bit of cakey love now and then - it soothes the soul when you're troubled and makes the dullest day shine a little brighter.  This particular episode of cakey love was also inspired by a quantity of leftover Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing from my batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes.  As it freezes really well, I was going to store it for my nephew Ethan's next birthday cake, until I remembered he wanted white chocolate icing.  There was nothing else for it, I had to make some Chocolate Orange Cake.

Photo by Kerrie Walsh


Chocolate Orange Cake

For this cake, I used my standard Chocolate Sour Cream Cake recipe and used half a batch of my Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing, to which I added 2 tsp of orange oil flavouring.  If you don't have this, them the zest of two unwaxed oranges or 4-5 clementines would work really well.

A grating of lovely dark chocolate over the top and you're done!




5 comments:

  1. looks amazing! i only recently started to enjoy the choco-orange combination. will have to give this recipe a go! thanks

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  2. Peggy, hope you like it... the cake is so easy and once you get the hang of the icing, you'll make it time and time again

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  3. That looks gorgeous Aoife. I love choc & orange together. My daughter is now the chocolate cake expert in our family, and she wouldn't forgive Santa if he didn't bring her a Terry's Chocolate Orange in her Christmas stocking. She will be 20 in May!

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  4. Looks great! I love the combination of chocolate and orange so I am sure this would taste fantastic!

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