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Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting

Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting, a butter based, old fashioned scratch cake, filled with layers of easy, melt in your mouth chocolate truffle frosting.

Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting - a butter based, old fashioned scratch cake, filled with layers of easy, melt in your mouth chocolate truffle frosting.

Orange Cake with Chocolate Truffle Frosting

This orange cake brings back memories for me, and yes, I am a little obsessed with the combination of chocolate and orange and I think I’ve figured out why.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like to use 50% dark chocolate chips for this recipe but you can use semisweet as well.

Baking has always been a part of my family life and some of my earliest memories include sitting in my Nan’s kitchen waiting to see what she would bring out of the pantry as a treat for her gaggle of grandchildren.

Raisin tea buns, date crumbles, rocky road squares and peanut butter cookies were regular mainstays in Nan’s pantry. It seemed there was always an orange cake with chocolate frosting and a sprinkle of coconut for garnish sitting in the fridge too.

Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting - a butter based, old fashioned scratch cake, filled with layers of easy, melt in your mouth chocolate truffle frosting.

Orange Cake with Chocolate Truffle Frosting

Nan was more prone to use a cake mix than make a scratch cake at the time. This flavour combination, though,  became a favorite of mine and you can find quite a few recipes celebrating this taste combination on this blog.

If you are a chocolate-orange lover and enjoy those recipes, I think it is Nan Morgan that you really have to thank for it.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Orange and chocolate are one of my favourite flavour combinations.

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Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting - a butter based, old fashioned scratch cake, filled with layers of easy, melt in your mouth chocolate truffle frosting.
Yield: 16 or more servings

Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Orange Cake with Easy Chocolate Truffle Frosting. A butter based, old fashioned scratch cake, filled with layers of easy, melt in your mouth chocolate truffle frosting.

Ingredients

For the Orange Cake

  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • zest of two medium size oranges, very finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk

For the Chocolate Truffle Frosting

  • 4 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 4  cup whipping cream

Instructions

To prepare the orange cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Grease and flour 2 nine inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper if you like, to help prevent sticking.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after every addition.
  5. Mix in the orange zest.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with the evaporated milk
  8. When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients. I generally fold the dry ingredients in 3 portions and the milk in 2 portions.
  9. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you will not want to overbake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To Prepare the Chocolate Truffle Frosting

  1. Heat 1 cup of the whipping cream in a double boiler over a gentle simmer until almost scalded.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and stir constantly,  just until the chocolate is melted and smooth throughout. You do not want this mixture to get very hot, it should be just at the melting point and only lukewarm to the touch.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the remaining 3 cups of whipping cream to firm peaks.
  4. Add the whipped cream to the chocolate mixture in four portions, folding gently after each addition until the whipped cream is completely incorporated into the chocolate.
  5. At this point you will probably have to chill this frosting for a half hour or so in the fridge if it is too soft to work with. Just give it a quick fold with a rubber spatula every 10 minutes so that it cools evenly in the fridge.
  6. Fill and frost the cake layers with the frosting and garnish with orange slices if desired. Chill the cake for a couple of hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 765Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 30gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 152mgSodium 191mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 4gSugar 50gProtein 9g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Karen Joy

Saturday 11th of July 2015

I made your coconut velvet cake and was it a huge hit with everyone!thank you for the recipe.I can you tell me now how this orange cake differs from your orange velvet cake recipe?Is the texture different?Im trying to decide which to make.

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 12th of July 2015

This is a denser cake, meant to be able to hold up heavier frostings and fillings. If you likes the texture of the velvet cakes, go with the orange version as long as you are using lighter frosting.

Anonymous

Thursday 9th of April 2015

Oh my gosh, I just made to celebrate my brother getting his first car, and you have totally converted me to the chocolate/orange combination. This recipe's a definite keeper.

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 12th of April 2015

I've loved that combination for many years. Welcome to my addiction! :)

Anonymous

Tuesday 5th of June 2012

I have'nt tried it yet but belive me im going to. Im going crazy here just looking at the picture. Should say picture's of all the beautyful sweet's you know i would pass up a cooked meal for the sweet's REALY. And im not fat by no mean's i only waight 130 lbs and im 5ft2.....

Sue/the view from great island

Tuesday 5th of June 2012

Your cake looks amazing, I'm a chocolate and citrus-of-any-kind lover.

Beth

Tuesday 5th of June 2012

Superbe ce gâteau très bien élaboré, une belle présentation et sans doute bien délicieux, Bravo!

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