Chocolate Orange Cake

I found a Chocolate Orange lying around, left over from the Christmas stash of chocolates and sweets.  I could, quite easily have unwrapped and tapped it and eaten it all myself, but thought I’d put it to good use in a cake!  Unfortunately the cake was eaten so quickly that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the inside, but it did taste good!  Next time I have a chocolate orange spare (haha), I’ll make this again and update the photo!

Chocolate Orange Cake

Ingredients

  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Butter (softened)
  • 4 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • Grated zest of one orange
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Buttercream

  • 100g butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • Half a Chocolate Orange

Method

  1. Lightly grease and line the bottom of 2 18cm sandwich tins.  Preheat the oven to Fan 160°C.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a bowl  (sieve the cocoa powder) and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins and level the tops.  Place in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes.  A skewer inserted into the top should come out clean.
  4. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
  5. Melt half the chocolate orange and put to one side to cool slightly.  In another bowl cream together the butter and icing sugar.  Add the chocolate and mix again until fluffy.
  6. Either put half the buttercream in the middle of the sponges and spread the rest on top of the cake, or spread a third of the buttercream in the middle and spread the remaining on the tops and sides of the cake.
  7. Finish the cake off by using the remaining half of the chocolate orange to decorate the top.
  8. For an adult version you could always try adding a bit of Cointreau to the cake mixture or buttercream!!
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