Fruit and chocolate together...yum! This is a beautiful, outstanding cake that is fairly easy to make and the results are smashing.
- 1⁄2 cup soft butter
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons grated orange rind
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 (8 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
Orange Buttercream Frosting
- 1⁄2 cup soft butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
- Grease and flour two 9 inch layer pans.
- Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer.
- Blend in orange rind and eggs.
- Sift flour, salt and powder together and add alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
- Pour about 2/3 of batter into prepared pans.
- Combine melted chocolate, baking soda and water and blend into remaining cake batter.
- Spoon chocolate batter here and there over orange batter and cut through with spatula or knife to make a marbled effect.
- Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
- Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on racks.
- Fill and frost with Orange Buttercream Frosting.
- Decorate with mandarin oranges.
- Orange Buttercream Frosting: Blend butter and egg yolk at low speed in a large bowl.
- Gradually beat in sugar alternately with orange juice.
- Beat in orange rind.
This is a ten star recipe!! Absolute GEM!! If you are ever confused whether to make a orange or a chocolate cake...this is the recipe for you!!! I can't stop gushing about this one...really simple and extremely tasty. Only modifications I made, was in the cake, I added only 1 tablespoon of orange rind, but I added 1/4 cup of orange juice to the batter, after creaming the butter and sugar. And in the frosting, I added 7 tablespoons of orange juice instead of 4 1/2 just so that it was easier to handle...easier to pipe. But seriously it turned out really beautiful. And don't leave the frosting out cos it makes a world of a difference. DELICIOUS!!!!
This one turned out pretty good. I did not have unsweetned chocolate so I used about 4 tbsp of cocoa powder and mixed it into a paste with water and the baking soda. It turned out quite good except the chocolate part could have been a little sweeter for my taste.
This was a fantastic cake! The frosting, in particular, was so great (sweet, but not too sweet). I didn't include the mandarin oranges on the top...I thought they'd get funny or dried out after a while, and I hoped we wouldn't eat this entire cake too quickly. Other than that, I followed the recipe as written, and it turned out really well. Thanks for posting this!