Day 187: Chocolate Orange Cake

This cake is amazing! It's an easy "naked" cake, topped off with homemade candied orange peel.

Usually chocolate cakes are so rich and moist that it can (sometimes) be a little too much for me.


That's why I love this chocolate orange cake. It's rich and moist like a normal chocolate cake, but it has a perfect amount of orange to balance things out.


You know how lots of recipes make too much frosting? Well, this has the perfect amount! You won't be left with 1 extra cup of frosting. :)


The orange peel adds a great look so I definitely recommend it. It's quite easy to make!


I went for the rustic look, so I didn't frost the sides. Another thing is that I just have two big layers of cake. If you don't want that, you can slice your cakes in the middle so you have 4 layers.


RECIPE:


INGREDIENTS:

Cake:

  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

  • 1 cup hot freshly squeezed orange juice

Candied Orange Slices:

  • 1 orange

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Orange Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 2½ cups powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 4 tablespoons warm orange juice

  • ¼ tsp orange extract

  • 4 oz cream cheese

STEPS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 2, 8" pans with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl add all your cake ingredients. With a whisk or spoon stir until it forms a silky batter with no flour streaks. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes. Once finished, cool your cakes thoroughly.

  3. Meanwhile make your candied orange peel: over a large saucepan simmer water and sugar. Place your orange slices and cook for 15 minutes. Flip orange slices and cook for another 15 minutes. Leave to dry on a paper towel until assembly. When ready cut the orange peel halfway and twist it.

  4. Beat powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder, orange juice, and orange extract until combined. Add in your cream cheese and set aside.

  5. To assemble, take one cake layer and put half your frosting in. Take another layer and put it on top. Frost the top of your cake with your remaining frosting, and top with candied slices.

Enjoy!

- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳

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