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Best-Ever Chocolate and Orange Cake

4.29 from 28 votes
A Chocolate and Orange Cake combines two incredible flavors perfect for the holidays. Try my best Chocolate Cake recipe and buttercream for a winning combo!
Chocolate and Orange is a popular flavor combination around the holidays. Wow friends and family with this gorgeous cake.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Chocolate and Orange is a popular flavor combination around the holidays. It reminds me of Christmas in Ireland so I’m making a Big and Bold Chocolate and Orange cake perfect for any celebration.

The chocolate and orange combo is most commonly associated with Terri’s Chocolate Oranges around Christmas. Terri’s Chocolate Oranges are something you would find in the bottom of your stocking on Christmas Day. After eating turkey and ham all day you would eat one while watching the movie, Home Alone.

This recipe is going to be an easy one for you because a lot of ingredients you can make from scratch as you have seen in my Bold Baking Basics series. I added my Homemade Orange extract to my Buttercream recipe to give it that lovely orange flavor. The cake is one of my favorite kinds because it’s made on Buttermilk. I really want you to use buttermilk instead of milk so that’s why I show you how to make your own. Check out my Buttermilk recipe here.

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The chocolate cake I used is my “Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe”. Now, I wouldn’t say it was the “Best Ever” without hundreds of comments and emails telling me so.

This cake doesn’t only look out of this world but it tastes amazing too. The cake is incredibly soft due to the buttermilk and is a good contrast for the firmer texture of the buttercream. Neither flavors overpower one other, they only compliment.

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Chocolate & Orange Cake

4.29 from 28 votes
A Chocolate and Orange Cake combines two incredible flavors perfect for the holidays. Try my best Chocolate Cake recipe and buttercream for a winning combo!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
A Chocolate and Orange Cake combines two incredible flavors perfect for the holidays. Try my best Chocolate Cake recipe and buttercream for a winning combo!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • cups (250g/9oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (400g/14oz) sugar
  • ¾ cup (2oz/50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (225g/8floz)buttermilk*
  • 1 cup (225g/8floz) freshly brewed hot coffee
  • ½ cup (115G/4oz) flavorless oil (veg, canola or sunflower)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 teaspoons of orange extract or zest of 1 orange
  • Orange food coloring (optional)
  • Chocolate ganache

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350oF (180oC). Butter and line 3 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. You can use 2 tins, I just wanted 3 layers in mine.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together by hand.
  • In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and GENTLY mix the batter just to combine. Do not over mix or beat as this cake can toughen up.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Note: this cake cooks fast so check if after 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook it.
  • Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • To make the Orange Buttercream Frosting: Follow my mater recipe for Buttercream Frosting. Add in Orange extract or the zest of 1 orange. Add in orange food coloring a drop at a time until you have reached your desired color. You can use the frosting immediately, or store it in the refrigerator for 3 days, or freeze if for up to 3 months. Allow frosting to come to room temperature before using.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle with buttercream. Pipe big round dollops of buttercream on each layer. make sure your buttercream is very firm so it will hold each layer of cake.
  • When you place on the last layer firm you can pour Chocolate Ganache over top. let it drip down the sides for a rustic look. Finish the cake by piping more orange buttercream on top pf the cake.
  • Store at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 4 days. If storing in the fridge make sure it reaches room temperature before eating.

 

 

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SuzetteG316
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SuzetteG316
4 days ago

Oh my gosh! You are not kidding when you say this is the best chocolate cake ever! It is incredibly moist and rich but light and delicate at the same time. I made this recipe for a family get-together and it was the hit of the whole dinner. Everyone loved it, even the two people there who were not chocolate cake lovers. I followed the recipe almost exactly since the only thing I did slightly different was that I add 2 heaping teaspoons of espresso powder to 1 cup of hot water instead of making coffee from fresh grounds and… Read more »

JabulaniSbu
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JabulaniSbu
9 days ago

I will post pictures of the one I will bake. I always love how you explain on your videos, you are amazing Gemma.

ShirleyK
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ShirleyK
7 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I made this cake for my brother’s birthday recently and am making it again today by special request :).
I enjoy your videos and they have really given me the confidence to bake. Thanks so much. By the way some of the people who I shared this cake with don’t normally have a sweet tooth but they polished off slabs of cake 🙂

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Aamna Mushtaq
8 months ago

Hi Gemma.i really liked your recipes n home made options.started baking n tried your recipes they were really good .i have some problems plz help me out .firstly the temperature u suggest for baking mine stuff take longer to bake n my cakes collapses right in the middle although I do tap batter to counter before putting in oven..thank you n keep continuing this work.awesome.Bless you

Padmini
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Padmini
10 months ago

What is the substitute for eggs?

arpita2019
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arpita2019
10 months ago

I have become a big fan of your recipes after I baked this chocolate orange cake on my daughter’s birthday.I also loved the brownie recipe.I baked brownies for my colleagues at work and they all loved it ????

Dawn
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11 months ago

I made this for my sons girlfriends Birthday and I turned out amazing! Thank you for the recipe. I used a chocolate orange for the ganache!

Azfiddle
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Azfiddle
11 months ago

Hi Gemma I made your recipe for a party today, using two nine inch layers. I put orange zest into the batter as well as the buttercream. I also put a thin layer of orange curd between the layers, as well as the buttercream. The orange curd was at room temperature and somewhat thin, and some of it started leaking out on the sides. I patched things up by spreading buttercream on the sides of the layers, ganache on the top and piped a little of the buttercream on top of the cake. So it didn’t look as beautiful as… Read more »

LISA WOOD
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LISA WOOD
1 year ago

DO YOU HAVE A CAKE RECIPE THAT YOU COOK IN THE MICOWAVE OVEN?

Olivia Eder
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Olivia Eder
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, I was looking for a great chocolate cake and this is it! I didn’t have the pans you used so baked the entire mixture in one 9 inch tin. The cake took 45 minutes to bake at 180 and I did cover it for the last 5 minutes or so because I was concerned it would burn. I read through the comments before baking and used 2 teaspoons of coffee to make up the cup of coffee as you suggested in your comments in November last year. It is a perfect cake. Thank you so much for this… Read more »

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