Chocolate Orange Layer Cake

    3 hours 35 min

    The wonderful combination of orange and chocolate are brought together in this cake. Moist orange sponge cake layers are sandwiched together with chocolate ganache and orange cream cheese.

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    Serves: 1 4 layer 20cm cake

    • 2 oranges, zest peeled off with a vegetable peeler and cut into 5mm strips
    • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons orange marmalade
    • 170g unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 300g plain flour
    • 40g cornflour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 175ml orange juice
    • 300ml double cream
    • 60g unsalted butter
    • 425g plain chocolate chips
    • 225g cream cheese, softened
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Coat two 20cm round cake tins with cooking oil spray and line bottoms with baking parchment.
    2. Place orange zest in a food processor and coarsely chop, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 5 tablespoons sugar and blend until zest is finely chopped. Add 4 tablespoons marmalade and pulse until mixture is pureed. Transfer to a large bowl. Add 170g unsalted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
    3. With an electric mixer, cream mixture until light and fluffy. Beat in 200g sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Sieve together flour, cornflour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into small bowl. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice, mixing just until incorporated. Divide batter into prepared tins.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
    5. For the Chocolate Ganache: Bring cream and butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan. Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
    6. For Orange Cream Cheese Filling: Beat together cream cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons marmalade.
    7. To assemble cake: Cut each cake into 2 layers. Place 1 layer on plate. Spread filling on the bottom cake. Pour hot ganache over bottom layer, let cool slightly. Top with second cake layer. Spread with filling. Pour hot ganache over second layer. Repeat for third layer. Top with fourth cake layer. Pour remaining ganache over entire cake for a shiny finish. Refrigerate uncovered cake until ganache is a hard coating.

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    GREAT! If you like chocolate and orange you have to try this cake! This cake is so good and it is not hard to make but looks very professional. The only thing I did differently is I used the remaining ganache that was to be pored over the final layer as a fluffy icing. I chilled it and then whipped it until light in color and fluffy. Then I just iced the cake as you normally would. I do recommend bringing this cake to room temperature before serving. It was a huge hit and I will defiantly make it again. I give it five starts! ( I used Large eggs)  -  30 Jan 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My husband wanted an orange cake for his birthday and this was one of the few I could find that was not a bundt cake. It was fantastic; it looked good and it tasted wonderful--restaurant quality in appearance, texture, and taste. Next time, I think I'd double the filling. To optimize the appearance of the cake, it's a good idea to trim around the edges to make sure the layers are even--this makes the ganache looks its best. Strong orange and chocolate flavors for anyone out there who really likes that combo! Thanks for an outstanding recipe!  -  06 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Just perfect!!!! After reading others reviews, I was a little nervous because I am not a fan of marmalade and was worried that the cake would taste too much like it. Not the case at all. I followed the recipe exactly and served it for company. I did, however, take the advice of other readers and add canned mandarins for appearance and flavor, and it was awesome that way. Everyone raved. Not only does it look fabulous, but the individual layers and flavors are so well balanced. The cream cheese frosting went perfectly with the chocolate ganache and the orange cake. And none of it is too sweet, which I really appreciate. It takes a bit of time to prepare, but not too much, and it certainly isn't difficult. We will definitely be having this again.  -  26 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)