My Oh-So Decadent Chocolate Orange Gateau Recipe!

Sunday, 26 February 2017


WARNING: you are at risk of gaining 10 lbs just from reading this post, because this is just something else. This oh-so decadent and delicious cake is primarily based on everyone's favourite guilty pleasure (chocolate) but generously laced with orange, giving it the perfect, tangy and acidic kick that leaves us wanting more and more. (We all know that one slice turns into two slices and after that, it's all a blur...)


I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe: it's an original recipe that originates from within my family, combining two classic flavours (it's a match made in heaven...) to create a dense, rich chocolate sponge cake, adorned with my zingy orange buttercream. You can't knock it.

So, without further ado, I give you your new favourite chocolate orange cake recipe!



Ingredients
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 200g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • The juice of one large orange
  • 4 large eggs (5 medium, 6 small)
Topping:
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing (powdered) sugar
  • The juice of 2 large oranges
Method


Preheat your oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4/350°F and generously grease and flour two round baking tins.

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until well combined, light and fluffy. Gradually crack in the eggs, one at a time (to avoid curdling the mixture) and incorporate them into the butter and sugar.



Gently sieve in the cocoa powder in increments and employ a folding motion (it's best to use a spatula or spoon at this point) until the cocoa powder is evenly dispersed throughout the mixture. Repeat this step using the other dry ingredients (the flour, baking powder and salt) until you end up with a thick, rich and chocolaty cake batter.



To thin out the mixture and provide flavour, now add the orange juice and stir well.

This is the consistency you should have at this point!
 Divide the mixture as equally as possible into your two tins, making sure to scoop up as much mixture as you can from the bowl. Smooth it out until it becomes a flat, even layer.



Pop the tins into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a fork comes out completely clean. The cake should be light and spring back when touched. Once cooled, ease the cakes from their tins (with the aid of a knife if needs be) and set both sides on two separate plates.



Now for the frosting (my favourite part!) Cream the butter in a bowl, on its own, until it becomes a rather light, off-white colour. This may take some time; patience is a virtue!



Once that's all done, add in the icing sugar in increments and beat it together with the butter until well incorporated, but at the same time, being careful not to create an icing sugar avalanche. Just take it slowly!

Whip in the orange juice (I was tempted to do the dance too, don't worry, you're not the only one) until the flavour is well distributed. This quantity provides enough of a zing to satisfy my taste buds, but if you wish to add slightly more juice, please do so, however, be careful not to water down the creamy, spreadable consistency too much. If so, it will hinder you when it comes to dressing the cake.



Taking the freshly made frosting, spread approximately a third of it onto your preferred side of cake. Don't worry if it ends up being slightly messy; no one will see this part of the cake. 


Next, spread the remaining two thirds of icing over the top and the sides of the cake, using a palette knife for added ease.  Take it slowly and try to obtain a smooth finish to the frosting.



Before serving, if desired, sieve a thin layer of cocoa powder over the top of the cake, followed by a scattering of grated orange rind; (It's all about the aesthetics!) And you're done! 

This cake is best served fresh with a lovely cup of tea (too British, I know) but will last for up to 5 days if refrigerated. Trust me, If you serve this baby up to your friends and family, they'll never disown you for as long as you live! Enjoy!


I really hope you guys had fun reading this recipe; this gateau tastes just as good as it looks, so don't hesitate to have a crack at it yourselves! If you do, let me know how it went and even send me some photos; I'd love to see how this recipe turned out for you!


What is your favourite type of cake and why? Pop your response down in the comment section; cake can reveal a lot about a person! If you liked this post, please follow this blog for more content just like this EVERY Wednesday and Sunday!

Until next time,
Marina Rosie x

28 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Gemma
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for reading Gemma! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  2. Ahh this looks so scrumptious! I love the flavor combo of orange + chocolate, something about the tartness and the sweetness that works so well together :) Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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    1. Hi Jenny, In complete agreement with you about the flavour combination: It's definitely one of those classics like strawberries and cream. This cake was lovely and I'm stoked you enjoyed reading the recipe! Thanks for your kind words and comments; it means a lot to me! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  3. OMG this cake looks so DELICIOUS!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. Hey there Rach!
      Thanks so much for the love and the comment! It's definitely a gorgeous tasting cake! I'm really glad you enjoyed it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie x

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  4. I had the privilege making and tasting this freshly baked piece of heaven! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, which was rewarding, speaking as a baking novice. The zesty orange undertone running through a strong chocolate background was exciting on the pallet and although the cake was spongy with a good crumb it had enough moisture and density to hit the spot. Well done Marina, I shall use this recipe again for the next birthday that comes up.

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    1. This comment was a pleasure to read, I'm so incredibly glad you enjoyed eating this cake; it's definitely one of my favourites due to the dense, rich chocolate flavour being offset by the tangy orange! I'm very happy someone else could enjoy it too and that my instructions made it fairly straight forward. That's what I LOVE to hear. Thanks so much for reading and leaving your lovely comment, it really means a lot.
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  5. I saw cake and I couldn't resist taking a look lol and I don't regret it. I'm a cake lover through and through so you've made me really hungry. May try this at home with the kids, looks very family friendly.
    Little secret: I still lick the bowl! Great post.

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    1. Hey there Leyla! This comment made me chuckle; I'm definitely a cakeaholic too! (especially chocolate cake!) And yeah, I still lick the bowl too, so you're not the only one! Thanks for reading lovely! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  6. epic cake marina

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    1. Why thank you, I'm so happy you took the time to read!
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  7. Wow, wonderful post - love it! ♥
    Maybe follow for follow? :)

    veronicalucy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Veronica! I'm really glad you liked the post! Of course I'll follow for follow, sounds good! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  8. Great post dear!

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    1. Thank you so much, really glad you enjoyed it Eleine!
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  9. Wow this cake looks so yummy!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. Hey there Lauren, thanks so much for reading! And yes, It was YUMMY! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  10. Oh my god that looks sooo good.. I need to try make it myself! I am so glad I came across your blog, you are doing an amazing job with it.. you should be proud! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey there Adele, this comment honestly made my day! I'm incredibly pleased you're here and reading and that you're enjoying what I do. These are the kind of comments that make me want to continue with the blog. Thanks again Adele for a lovely comment,
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cake and I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate orange so this has been bookmarked and I will be making this very soon. Thanks hun, it sounds absolutely amazing!!! xxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Why hello there Sal! I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post and even bookmarked it! Stoked to have you here on my blog and thrilled that you're going to give this recipe a go! If you have any more questions hun, don't hesitate to let me know! So happy to have a fellow cakeaholic AND chocoholic reading! xx Thanks again Sal,
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  12. Looks amazing! Will definitely have to try and make my own at some point ha! well done :) x

    http://lifeasmejaydee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read Jade! It's one of my favourite recipes of mine and it always comes through so, of course, feel free to make and enjoy it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  13. Chocolate orange cake sounds delicious! Definitely going to try! I haven't had breakfast yet.. Your recipe is very tempting!
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  14. Chocolate orange cake sounds delicious! Definitely going to try! I haven't had breakfast yet.. Your recipe is very tempting!
    http://www.extraordinarycare1.co

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    1. Hey Tene,
      So glad you enjoyed this recipe, it is definitely very delicious! Sorry for making you hungry haha! It would be fab if you tried it, you wouldn't regret it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  15. Ooh I do love orange cake and this looks absolutely divine. This would make a really nice birthday cake idea as well you know! x

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