Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

I wasn’t sure whether to share a Chocolate Orange Cake as there are SO many recipes for them out there. But then I thought, well this is my version and if you like my other cakes then you will surely like this one too! I asked on my Instagram if you wanted to see a drip cake version, or a naked sides version, and as you can see naked sides won! The vote was extremely close, so I will share a drip cake version soon too! This Chocolate Orange Cake is two layer of moist chocolate orange sponge with chocolate orange buttercream, decorated with Terry’s Chocolate Orange pieces and orange sprinkles. I’ve made it several times over the years for birthdays and other celebrations and it always goes down well!

Jump straight to the recipe!

Step by step…

To make the sponge I mixed butter and sugar together, then whisked in eggs and orange extract. Finally I mixed in self raising flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. I divided them between the cake tins and baked them.

To decorate the cake I made a buttercream from butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk and orange extract.

Chocolate Orange Cake

I crammed as much Terry’s Chocolate Orange as I could manage on top of the Chocolate Orange Cake! Can you ever have enough?! I also added some orange sprinkles to continue the orange theme, but of course you can use any sprinkles you like, or none at all.

Chocolate Orange Cake

Tips for making the Chocolate Orange Cake:

  • You do need orange extract to get a good level of orange flavour from this recipe. Please don’t substitute it for orange juice as it won’t work. Orange extract is pretty easy to get hold of in the baking aisle, I get mine from Tesco.
  • You could bake this cake as one mix in a deep tin, then cut it in half once baked, just increase the baking to 45-50 minutes.
  • If you don’t have Terry’s Chocolate Orange where you live, or you can’t get hold of it, just use any other orange flavoured chocolate treat like Lindt, Matchmakers, or perhaps the elusive orange Twirl!!

More chocolate orange recipes…

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake Terry's Chocolate Orange Fudge
Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake Terry’s Chocolate Orange Fudge Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange Biscotti Chocolate Orange Baked Donuts Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange Biscotti Chocolate Orange Baked Donuts Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake (No Bake)
Chocolate Orange Brownies Chocolate Orange Pancakes Chocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange Brownies Chocolate Orange Pancakes Chocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange Drip Cake
Chocolate Orange Drip Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake
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Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate orange sponge, chocolate orange buttercream and Terry's chocolate orange pieces

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 350 g Butter or baking spread
  • 350 g Caster sugar
  • 6 Eggs large
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 300 g Self raising flour
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 250 g Butter or baking spread
  • 450 g Icing sugar
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Orange extract

For decoration

  • 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange
  • Orange sprinkles optional

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line two 8" cake tins

  2. Make the sponge by mixing the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl with a spoon until fluffy, or mix using an electric mixer

  3. Add the eggs, orange extract and milk, and whisk until fully incorporated

  4. Add the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore

  5. Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy

  6. Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks

  7. To make the chocolate buttercream mix the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the orange extract and milk and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon

  8. If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife

  9. Put one of the sponges on your plate or cake stand and pipe or spread some of the buttercream onto it

  10. Add the other sponge on top and pipe or spread the remaining buttercream on top

  11. Decorate with the Terry's Chocolate Orange pieces, and orange sprinkles if using

  12. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days

NB. This post is NOT sponsored by Terry’s – I just love their product!

If you like this, check out more of my Cake recipes!

Chocolate Orange Cake

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I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Angie and Spades, Spatulas & Spoons.

10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oh it’s beautiful! We’ve done quite a bit with chocolate orange, but I don’t actually think we’ve ever made a cake! Will have to give it a go!

  2. Despite loving chocolate and orange the two combined is not one of my favourites (although I know many would disagree) and I can see you don’t fall in that camp. That said your cake looks amazing, thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare for all those chocolate orange lovers out there.

  3. A chocolate orange is always included in our Christmas stockings. But this cake is absolutely over the top, why even bother with dinner! Thank you for bringing it to FF.

    1. Hi Kristin, what do you mean by regular measurements? The measurements listed are regular to me ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re looking to convert them you can check my conversion guide here: thebakingexplorer.com/ingredients-conversions/

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