Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! I hope you are celebrating those special women in your life. Today, I’m sharing this Chocolate Orange cake that almost any mom would enjoy.
I know many of you are thinking citrus belongs with something light and bright, like these recipes here and here. Well, this cake is here to tell you citrus is classic—it goes either way – light and bright, or deep and dark. By deep and dark, I mean deep with flavor and dark with chocolate.
In fact, chocolate paired with oranges go together like strawberries and cream. It’s one of my favorite flavor profiles, so I had to pair that with my favorite type of dessert – cake. Think of the recipe as the cake version of those addicting chocolate covered candied orange peels you get in specialty chocolate stores.
The cake is rippled with Cara Cara zest and punched up with some fresh squeezed Cara Cara juice. If you’ve never had Sunkist’s Cara Cara Oranges, that needs to change! It’s one of my new favorite varieties. It’s dark orange on the outside and pinkish-red on the inside. It’s super sweet with a slight cranberry –like zing—which made it perfect for this cake.
To finish the cake, the frosting is a simple chocolate buttercream infused with some orange oil. If you can use orange oil vs. orange extract, then pay the few extra dollars for the oil. The flavoring is so much deeper and more authentic tasting than extract.
As for the Sunkist Cara Cara Oranges, they will be resurfacing very soon in another dessert, so stay tuned.
Chocolate Orange Cake
Yield: Serves 8-10
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Cara Cara orange zest
- ½ cup fresh squeezed Cara Cara orange juice
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- 3 sticks butter, softened
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 4-5 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon orange oil
To make cake:
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom of two 8x2 inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly cover each pan with bake spray; set aside.
In a stand mixer bowl, fitted with the whisk attachment add in eggs and sugar, beat for about 5 minutes or until mixture is pale and thick and ribbons forms on itself when whisk attachment is lifted.
In another large bowl add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix to combine. In a medium bowl add in the olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk; mix to combine.
Add the vanilla to the beaten egg mixture on low speed until just combined. With the mixer still on low add the dry and wet ingredients in three additions, starting with dry and ending with wet. Evenly divide batter between the two prepared pans.
Bake until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out free of wet batter, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes before removing cake from pans. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make frosting:
In stand mixer bowl beat butter and cocoa powder on low with the paddle attachment until just combined, then turn mixer to high and beat for about a minute. Add in one cup of sugar at time, alternating with the 1 tablespoon of milk. After each addition beat on low until just combined, then turn mixer to high and beat for 30 seconds. Add in orange oil and beat until fully incorporated.
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