Chocolate Orange Cake – Modern Honey
Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting
Every year at Christmas my mother would buy the classic chocolate orange and read us a Christmas story. Once she had finished reading the story, we took a slice of orange chocolate and looked forward to the next time she would do it again. Now she does it with her grandchildren and my four children love to invite the grandmother to listen to a story and eat a chocolate orange.
So I wanted to take my famous chocolate cake recipe and turn it into a chocolate orange cake with freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest and orange extract for a extra burst of orange flavor.
What are the ingredients of chocolate and orange cake:
- Unsweetened cocoa
- Fresh orange juice
- Baking powder + Baking soda + Salt
- Granulated sugar
- Orange extract
This chocolate cake is extra moist thanks to the use of oil and buttermilk. Cocoa powder is a game changer. I buy most of my cocoa powder from the bulk section of Winco. They offer Callebaut cocoa powder at the best price. It’s literally 5 times more expensive on Amazon! So if you have a Winco near you, I suggest you stock up on their unsweetened cocoa.
This is the best orange chocolate cake! To get real orange flavor, I like to use freshly squeezed orange juice, if possible. Before squeezing the oranges, I use a zester to remove the orange zest. For extra orange flavor, I suggest using orange extract.
This Chocolate Orange Cake with Chocolate Orange Frosting can be made in three 8-inch cake pans or two 9-inch cake pans, depending on preference. I usually take three 8 inch cake pans. Just be sure to spray well with nonstick cooking spray or do the butter and flour technique.
Chocolate icing is made with sweet cream butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sugar, orange juice and orange extract. You can find dried oranges at your local grocery store. I found these at Trader Joe’s and dipped half the dried, sweetened oranges in Ghirardelli fondant wafers. You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate wafers, depending on your preference.
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