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September 28 2016 @ 11:51 am
My Orange Chocolate Birthday Cake  

I didn't take a picture by this what it looked like minus the orange peel on top and mine was square.

I think the idea came from The Great British Baking Show because I adore watching it and they happened to have a baker on there that made something chocolate orange and my mind was a whirl with possibilities.

What You Need
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
8 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice (you'll need 2 oranges)
2 tablespoons orange zest
10 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups of water

3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 cup cocoa powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup milk approximately, room temperature
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

It was interesting getting the right mix of ingredients. I, of course, started with a cake recipe but I had to do some customizing. We actually made this twice and the first time we didn't add enough orange so we upped it just a bit and it was amazing. The first cake was shared with friends and family so we didn't have to eat it.

How To Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. This might vary. Our oven runs a little hot and doesn't bake evenly always so we did 325F. Ours is also a gas oven and sometimes that can mean bringing that temperature down to 325F also.

  2. Use baking parchment to prevent your cake from sticking. No reason to use more oil or butter with parchment. The cake above is round but I used 2 8x8 square pans because round cakes are a pain to cut. I recommend the Cake Boss's cake pans because they are amazing.

  3. In large bowl mix together dry cake ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, and granulated sugar

  4. Add the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients: vinegar, orange juice, zest, oil, water and mix well.

  5. Pour the batter into your cake pans as evenly as possible and then put them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Here is a tip I learned somewhere. Never take a cake out of the pan right away. A cake should sit in the pan for about 10-15 minutes and then be removed to cool. Leaving a cake in the pan to cool completely can cause it to cook a little more or even become difficult to remove which isn't a bit deal if you used parchment when baking. Still it is a good rule of baking.

When the cake has cooled for the 10-15 minutes you can literally just life it out of the pan:
I typically have parchment going both vertically and horizontally so be careful when grabbing the parchment but it should come out cleanly.

This cake didn't come with a frosting recipe but rather a chocolate drizzle but I'm a frosting person so here is one I altered.

Frosting (same as above)
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 cup cocoa powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup milk approximately, room temperature
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Making Delicious Frosting

  1. In a small bowl, sift together the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder.

  2. In your measuring cup for your milk put the orange juice in first and then top with milk. This way you are not adding additional liquid but substituting a small amount of the milk.

  3. Add the milk/juice, butter, and vanilla to the sugar/cocoa mixture and beat until smooth and free of lumps.

When you cake is fully cooled you can peel the parchment off and start the frosting process.

I liked having this with a glass of milk because it is rich though very delicious and super moist while holding it's shape. And that was my birthday cake this year. So yummy. Have to keep this in mind in the future.

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Jill aka Jo: Misc: Firefly Calvin & Hobbssireesanwar on October 4th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
It was sooo yummy and moist. Oh I want to make it again but twice was just too much!
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Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 24th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it.
tracyj23tracyj23 on September 29th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
Looks yummy. Of course I wouldn't try it, given the orange ... but it still looks good. *lol*
Jill aka Jo: ST: Hailing Frequencies Opensireesanwar on October 4th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
That is true. You poor thing. And I would think orange flavoring would be weird.
tracyj23tracyj23 on October 5th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
I used to be able to eat orange flavoured things when I was young but i never liked orange and chocolate. I prefer my chocolate without fruity flavours. And without nuts - I guess I'm a purist that way.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 6th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Typically I don't want nuts in things too but I also love chocolate covered almonds, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts. Only ones. No peanuts here.

I do like the chocolate and orange but I'm typically a fruit free chocolate person too.
Angelserenitysangel on September 29th, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC)
YUMMY! Chocolate and orange. Match made in heaven!

Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 4th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. It is that.
Kaylee Winchester: Supernatural - Dean Smileroguem on October 4th, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
Might have to try this one, it looks really good.
Jill aka Jo: SPN: Wayward Sonsireesanwar on October 4th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
Not just looks.. man I want to make it again. I'm going to hold off because I want to make some Christmas and Thanksgiving stuff and I can't justify adding this to the list.

Maybe for someone locals birthday after the holidays. Yep.
Kaylee Winchester: LOTR - Frodo Smileroguem on October 11th, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
Have a few recipes I pretty much wanna make all the time, but I'm working on finding a few new things as well.
Need to give this one a try soon. :D
Phoenixburned_phoenix on October 5th, 2016 08:47 am (UTC)

Thanks for sharing it :)
Jill aka Jo: Movie: X-Men First Class Eric's eyessireesanwar on October 24th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
No problem.