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Wednesday 16 September 2015

Chocolate Orange Birthday Cake

As if one teenager in the house wasn't enough, I'm now officially the parent of two teenagers. A birthday always calls for cake, and as for most of the birthdays that fall midweek there were two cakes - one for a weekend party and one on the actual day of the birthday. This chocolate orange cake was made for a birthday sleepover, and shared amongst friends and family. 

Chocolate Orange Cake

I originally intended to serve the cake after dinner on Saturday night, but as I'd left the husband to feed the girls whilst I took the eldest to A&E for a suspected broken ankle (still no firm diagnosis on that), we enjoyed it for a late Sunday morning breakfast instead - got to love cake for breakfast!

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Chocolate Orange Cake

100ml coffee
35g cocoa powder
190g caster sugar
1 egg
60ml vegetable oil
125ml milk
115g plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 pack of orange jelly
250g butter, softened
500g icing sugar, sifted
4tbsp room temperature water 
150g good quality milk chocolate, melted

to decorate
1 box of Lindt Lindor orange truffles
jaffa cakes (I used 13, which was just over 1 box)
  • Beat together the coffee, cocoa powder and sugar until smooth
  • Beat in the egg, oil and milk
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder & bicarb of soda
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well
  • Divide the mixture between two greased & lined 8" tins
  • Bake in a preheated 180C oven for approx 20 minutes
  • Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely
  • Make the jelly up with half a pint of boiling water
  • Pour into an 8" cake tin lined with clingfilm & place in the fridge/freezer until set
  • Beat together the butter & icing sugar
  • Add the water and beat until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the melted chocolate until fully combined
  • Lay one cooled sponge onto a plate & spread a little buttercream on top 
  • Place the set jelly on top 
  • Spread a little buttercream over the flat side of the other sponge and place on top of the jelly
  • Spread the remaining buttercream over the top and sides
  • Decorate with Lindt chocolate orange truffles & jaffa cakes
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I was sent some Lindt Lindor orange truffles free of charge

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