Prep 3 hrs
Cook 4 hrs
I made this cake for my wedding and received so many compliments. It was quite simple to make -- I made one cake two days before the wedding, two the day before and I iced it on my wedding morning! No one could believe I had done it myself, it looked and tasted so good. I actually made 4 cakes and the same quantity of icing worked. As I made the cakes at separate times, I only used one cake tin. We had 100 guests and there was still cake left over, although we had a dessert as well. I used Cointreu (orange liqueur) instead of Grand Marnier. Ingredients for cake are for one cake, so will need to be multiplied by how many cakes you are going to make. The frosting is for three cakes (or more even).
- butter, for greasing
- 200 g white chocolate, chopped
- 250 g butter, chopped
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 orange, zest finely grated
- 1 3⁄4 cups plain flour
- 1⁄2 cup self raising flour
- 1⁄3 cup Grand Marnier
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- frosting (enough to cover three stacked cakes)
- 400 g white chocolate, chopped
- 500 g cream cheese, chopped
- 2 cups powdered sugar icing
- 600 ml thickened cream
- Grease and line the base and sides of 3 deep, round, 20cm cake tins with baking paper.
- Preheat oven to 160°C.
- Combine the chocolate, butter, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until melted.
- Transfer the melted chocolate mixture in a large bowl and let cool slightly.
- Use a whisk to stir the orange zest, sifted flours, Grand Marnier and eggs into the chocolate mixture until you get a smooth batter.
- Pour batter into one of the tins and bake for 1 hour and 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Cover the cake with foil halfway through baking to prevent over browning.
- Allow cake to cool in tin.
- Repeat the above steps for two more cakes (if cooking two at once you may need to extend the cooking time).
- To make the frosting: Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over simmering water.
- Leave to cool.
- Place half the cream cheese and icing sugar in the small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until just smooth.
- Add the remaining cheese and sugar and beat again until smooth.
- Pour in the melted chocolate and beat until combined.
- Whip the cream until soft peaks form and fold it through cream cheese mixture.
- Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm enough to spread.
- After refrigeration you may need to stir the mixture until smooth before spreading.
- To form wedding cake: Stack the cakes on a serving board or plate, sandwiching them together with about ¼ cup of the frosting each.
- Make sure the last cake is inverted so the base of the cake is on top for a completely flat surface.
- Secure the layers in place by inserting 3 skewers vertically through the cakes.
- Cut skewers down to size so they can be frosted over.
- Cover stacked cakes with remaining frosting.
- To serve: Carefully separate it back into 3 cakes removing the skewers.
- ***This cake can be iced the day before, or on the day, and refrigerated.
- It can be made up to 3 months in advance and frozen. Ice on the day.
I made this cake for my 25th birthday party, and everybody was really impressed, this cake has an amazing flavour!! I used Cointreau instead of Grand Marnier, and I put a bit of it in the frosting too. I'm not giving it five stars because it doesn't seem to bake evenly, (it might be my oven though...) both cakes stayed VERY moist in the inside while almost burning and becoming very hard at the edge, plus they sank not very appealingly in the center as soon as they came out of the oven. Still, the white chocolate/orange combo is one of my favourite, and the taste of this cake was really awesome! Thanks for posting