Friday, 22 July 2016

Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

Baking scares me. It looks so technical and if you get a measurement wrong then your whole cake it ruined! That's why I never really bothered to try. But I wanted to learn something new so got Joe to pick a recipe out. After some serious searching on Pinterest he picked out A Mary Berry Chocolate Orange CakeThis is such an easy recipe to make if you are a first timer like me and it tastes A-MAZ-ING!

What you will need:

For the sponge

  • 100g of unsalted butter as well as some extra butter for greasing!
  • 50g of good quality coco powder
  • 90ml of boiling water
  • 3 large free range eggs
  • 4 tbsp of milk
  • 175g of self raising flour
  • 1 rounded tsp of baking powder
  • 300g of caster sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange

For the icing and filling
  • 150g of chocolate broken into pieces (we used milk chocolate)
  • 150ml of double cream
  • Apricot jam

For decoration
  • Chocolate chunks
  • More zest


1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/fan 160ºC/gas 4. Grease 2x sandwich tins that you have in the house (recipe says 20cm round). Line these with baking paper as well.  
2. While the oven is heating start making the sponge. Mix the coco powder and boiling water in a large mixing bowl until it turns into a paste. Add the rest of the sponge ingredients and beat until everything has combined. 

3. Pour the mixture evenly between the two tins and bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Check to see if the sponge is cooked by poking a knife in the middle. If no mixture is on the knife then you are ready to take it out. Remove the sponge from the tins and leave on a cooling rack until completely cool. 

4. While the cake is cooling start making the icing/filling. Put the chocolate and cream into a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water for 10 minutes. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bowl! Stir occasionally and then leave to cool until thickens.
5. Spread the tops of both sponges with the apricot jam. Then add half of the chocolate icing to the top of one of the sponges, put the other one on top and add the remaining of the icing on top.

6. Sprinkle the chocolate drops on top of the sponge and grate some orange zest. And there you are enjoy! (We put our cake in the fridge as we got carried away with the icing and it got a tad messy!)

And here is the final product.

(This is what a real cake looks like!)

We were so happy how it turned out. Ok, it may not be the best looking cake but it sure tasted good! Everyone was raving about it and asked for more. We are defo going to bake more in the future.


  1. I love baking and orange and chocolate is something you either love or hate but I love!!
    Kathy x

    1. I totally agree! I was unsure if I would like it but loved it! x

  2. I still think this cake looks good! I mean I may be swayed though because I love the combo of chocolate and orange.

    1. Haha it's so hard to make a 'perfect insta' picture. But regardless still tasted good x


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