2 November 2014

Chocolate Orange Cake

Hello everybody!

A few months ago in Aldi, they had the annual British week. During this week, they were selling Terry's Chocolate Orange. If you do not know what they are, you should definitely try one, as they are the most amazing food items! My mum loves chocolate oranges, and she went a little mental stocking up on them.

Obviously this stock ran out, and we can no longer buy them for another year. The other day I was looking through an old recipe book, and found different kinds of sponge cake. The idea struck me to make a chocolate orange cake.

For the chocolate orange cake, there are two layers. The base, which is orange, and the top bit, which is chocolate.

For the orange cake, you will need:
- 2oz butter
- 2oz sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4oz self-raising flour
- The juice and rind of one orange

To make the chocolate cake, you will need:
- 2oz butter
- 2oz sugar
- 3 eggs
- 4oz self-raising flour
- 3oz cocoa powder

To make these cakes, all you need to do is grease and line two round baking tins. Then you need to mix together all the ingredients for the orange cake, and pour that into the first tin, and then do the same for the chocolate cake. You then want to make these for around 30 minutes at 200⁰C. The chocolate cake should have risen quite nicely, but the orange one may be quite flat and look a bit like a large biscuit.

When you take the cakes out of the oven, you want to place both of them upside down, with the flat side facing upwards. This is because the next step is to make orange buttercream to ice the chocolate cake, and chocolate buttercream to ice the orange cake.

To make the orange buttercream, you will need:
- 4oz icing sugar
- 2oz butter
- The juice from half an orange (do not make the same mistake I did by using the entire orange - only use half!)

To make the chocolate buttercream, you will need:
- 4oz icing sugar
- 2oz butter
- 2oz cocoa powder

With the orange buttercream, you just need to cream together the butter and icing sugar, and then add in the orange juice. For the chocolate buttercream, I have found it is best to combine the icing sugar and cocoa powder, and then cream the butter in.

Tip - Leave the butter out for 5-10 minutes so it is at room temperature.

Once the buttercream is ready, just spread the orange buttercream over the chocolate cake, and the chocolate buttercream over the orange cake. Then pop both of these into the fridge to set whilst you complete the next step.

The next thing to do is to melt a bar of chocolate, and combine with a tablespoon of melted butter.

Take both the cakes out of the fridge. Turn the chocolate cake upside down and place on top of the orange cake. To hold them in place, place a couple of toothpicks through the cakes.

The final step is to pour the chocolate-butter mixture over the cake, and set into the fridge for a few minutes.

 Presentation-wise mine isn't so great, but it did taste amazing!

If you make this, please send me a picture on Twitter or Instagram using #cupcakestallbaking!


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