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.

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

What are the ingredients of chocolate and orange cake:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Buttermilk
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Baking powder + Baking soda + Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Cocoa
  • Granulated sugar
  • Orange extract

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

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.

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

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.

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

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.

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

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Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

Moist and decadent chocolate and orange cake with creamy chocolate and orange frosting

Chocolate and orange cake

Modern Honey® – www.modernhoney.com

Rich and decadent chocolate cake with a fresh orange chocolate frosting.

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 22 minutes

Course Dessert

Kitchen American

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups Flour
  • 1 ¾ cups Sugar
  • ¾ Chopped off Cocoa powder without sugar
  • 2 coffee spoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ Chopped off Oil
  • 2 big Eggs
  • 1 Chopped off Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon Orange zest
  • ½ Chopped off Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ Chopped off Hot water

Chocolate and Orange Frosting:

  • 1 ½ cups Butter (softened)
  • 1 Chopped off Cocoa powder without sugar
  • 5 to 5 ½ cups Granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon Orange extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. If you have a flour sifter, sift all the dry ingredients.

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the oil, eggs, buttermilk, orange zest, orange juice and orange extract for 1 minute. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour hot water and mix. The batter will be runny but that’s a good thing – it will create a fluffy cake.

  • Spray two 9-inch cake pans or three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into each mold. Bake 22-27 minutes. Place a toothpick or cake tester in the center of the cake to see if it comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

Chocolate and Orange Frosting:

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, orange juice and orange extract until light and fluffy. May add cream or milk depending on consistency.

  • Once the cake has cooled and been removed from the pans, frost each layer with frosting. Garnish with sweetened dried oranges dipped in chocolate.

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