Sunday, 1 September 2013

Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

It was my birthday last week and because of this, I decided to spend the day relaxing and baking (because if you can't do what you want on your birthday when can you?!) and this is what arose! Originally, I wanted to use orange Matchmakers for the edge instead of the chocolate orange segments, but I'm glad I did use the segments actually; they were the perfect size for the height of the cake!

I always find chocolate cakes a bit too sickly for my liking so instead of a typical chocolate sponge, I used a marble cake recipe. This just gives the cake a bit of a lighter feel and adds to the chocolate orange flavour! I decided to make the vanilla cake mixture into an orange flavour instead and they complement each other quite well!



225g butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
4 eggs
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp orange juice
Zest of one orange
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Chocolate frosting
Aero Orange chocolate bar
Terry's chocolate orange segments


1) Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4 and grease a 20cm cake tin.
2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until soft and fluffy.
3) Gradually add the eggs and milk with a tablespoon of flour each time.
4) Divide the mixture between 2 bowls and add the cocoa powder to one of the bowls, and the orange juice and zest to the other bowl.
5) Spoon two or three tablespoons of each mixture into the cake tin, making sure to create some layers.
6) Place a knife in the mixture and swirl around a few times to create a marbled effect.
7) Tap the tin against the worktop to remove any air bubbles then place in the oven for 1 hour. (It said on the recipe 45-55 minutes but I always find checking on the cake by sticking a knife into it the best option! If it comes out clean then it’s done)
8) Take from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
9) Smooth the chocolate frosting over the cake.
10) Place the chocolate orange segments along the outside of the cake.
11) Crush the orange aero chocolate and sprinkle over the top.
12) Enjoy!

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