If you love chocolate-orange flavor, this Chocolate and Orange Vanilla Cake is perfect for you! It’s a delicious, super moist and tender vanilla cake filled with chocolate buttercream and and extremely delicious orange curd layer, definitely not a cake you can throw together in an hour. But, if you are after a cake which is guaranteed to make people smile (I know my husband smiled the whole day after eating a slice of this beauty) then you are going to want to make this Chocolate and Orange Vanilla Cake.
The chocolate and orange combo is most commonly associated with extremly popular Jaffa cakes here in Europe. I was aiming for a similar flavor and taste, but instead of orange jelly, I used orange curd.
Where do you stand regarding on the Jaffa Cakes? I love it, but my husband is the greatest fan. I promised him to make Jaffa Sheet Cake, for the holidays, the cake he adores, but I was a bad, bad wife and when I was finally free of all blog related baking, unfortunatelly I was to exhausted and tired to bake anything (that was few days before Christmas). So I promised him, I’ll make something similar to Jaffa, but in layer cake form. This cake doesn’t only look out of this world but it tastes amazing too. Dark chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven. I love the zesty freshness of the orange against the richness of the chocolate.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE VANILLA CAKE
- all-purpose/plain flour and cornstarch
- unsalted butter and oil
- eggs, separated
- granulated sugar and vanilla
- baking powder and baking soda
- cocoa powder
- dark chocolate
- heavy cream
HOW LONG DOES THIS CAKE LAST AND HOW TO STORE IT?
It’s essential to keep it stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for 3-4 days.
TIPS AND TRICKS!
- I always suggest using a kitchen scale. If you don’t have one, buy it! They are cheap and you will always ensure same results in baking.
- I use Large eggs which are around 60-65 grams. In US it would be a XL egg.
- For best results make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin baking.
- Bake just until a toothpick comes out clean in the center of the cake. Please do not overbake your cake, or it will be dry! Check with toothpick at 20 minutes mark.
- I use 3-20 cm (8 inch) SPRINGFORM pans. I’m not familiar with round cake pans since we don’t have them here in Croatia (but I plan to buy them eventually. Amazon is my best friend ? ).
MORE LAYER CAKES FOR YOU TO TRY:
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Chocolate and Orange Vanilla Cake
- 4 large eggs room temperature and separated
- 120 grams unsalted butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
- 120 grams oil 1/2 cup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 300 grams granulated sugar 1 ½ cup
- 350 grams all-purpose/plain flour 12.3 oz, 2 ¾ cups
- 40 grams cornstarch 1.4 oz, 1/3 cup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 300 grams buttermilk 1 ¼ cup, room temperature
- 100 ml freshly squeezed orange juice 3.5 oz
- zest of one large orange 1 Tbsp
- 1 large egg 60 g
- 1 large egg yolk
- 100 grams granulated sugar 1/2 cup
- 60 grams unsalted butter 1/4 cup
- 35 grams all-purpose flour 5 Tbsp, 1.23 oz
- 150 grams granulated sugar 3/4 cup, 5.3 oz
- 20 grams cocoa powder (0.7 oz, 3 Tbsp) I used dutch processed
- 250 ml milk 1 cup
- 200 grams unsalted butter 7.5 oz
- 60 grams quality dark chocolate (2 oz) melted and cooled
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 100 grams heavy cream (3.5 oz)
- 100 grams semi-sweet chocolate 3.5 oz, chopped
- 1 teaspoon honey optional for shine
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F ). Grease three 20 cm (8-inch) springform pans and line with baking paper, then grease the baking paper.
- Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2-3 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the oil and beat well. Add in egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat on high for 1 minute.
- With a mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions alternating with the buttermilk (dry-wet-dry-wet-dry).
- Beat the 4 egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the cake batter. Divide the batter between prepared pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (be carefeul to not overbake). Start checking at 20 minutes mark.
- Remove cakes from the oven and let cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then remove the springform, and leave it to cool completely. Do not remove the baking paper until ready to assemble.
- Combine the orange zest, orange juice, butter and sugar in heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Make sure the bowl fits snugly without touching the water. Lightly stir the mixture occasionally until the butter has just started to melt.
- Meanwhile, place the egg and egg yolk in a small bowl and beat well. Add few tablespoons of warm orange juice mixture into an eggs, whisk then carefully pour the eggs mixture into the orange mixture and whisk for a minute or so until well combined. Cook the mixture for 9–10 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally with a spatula and giving the mixture a whisk every minute. The curd is cooked when the surface is glossy and curd is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Cool completely and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours before assembly the cake.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- In a small saucepan, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk and salt. Whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, whisking frequently, until thickened to pudding-like consistency.
- Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl, cover with plastic foil, but make sure foil is touching the pudding to avoid making a skin on top of it. Put it in the refrigerator to speed cooling but keep in mind that pudding needs to be room temperature because later we wil mix in a softened butter.
- Once the pudding has cooled, beat the butter bowl until smooth and fluffy and lightened in color, around 5 minutes. Add the cooled pudding (which will look like glue at this point) one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat until fluffy, about two minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy, about another two minutes.
- Using a cake leveler or a serrated knife level the tops of your cakes if needed.
- Place one layer of the cake on cake stand or plate. Using offset spatula or piping bag fitted with round tip, spread third of chocolate buttercream and make a cream border. Fill it with orange curd, be sure not to overfill it. Repeat with the second layer of cake, chocolate buttercream and orange curd. Top with third cake layer. Spread the remining buttercream on the top of the third layer and the sides with an offset spatula. Put the cake in the fridge for about 30 minutes before you pour chocolate ganache.
- Place chopped chocolate and honey, if using, in a bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to gently simmer, then pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate, then stir until smooth. You should get a smooth runny ganache that's easily pourable.
- Using a teaspoon, apply ganache near edges like so to create the drips. Pour some ganache on the top of the cake and spread with an offset spatula.
- Keep it in a fridge, wrapped in cling film, but take it out of it at least half an hour before serving.
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