The holiday season is officially upon us! What better way to begin celebrating than by combining the chocolate and orange flavors into a delicious dessert? I’ve captured that classic chocolate orange taste and turned it into a cake.
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for me and I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. December is such a hectic, wonderful time of year! I hope to really dive into that holiday baking in the next couple weeks, but for now this cake will do quite well.
To make the cake you’ll need:
- two boxes chocolate cake mix and the ingredients to make them (I used Glutino chocolate cake, each box made one round cake)
- 1 tsp orange extract (1/2 tsp per cake)
Make the cake as usual, but add the teaspoon of orange extract. The Glutino cake calls for vanilla extract, but I just used the orange extract instead. Divide the batter into 2 round cake pans and bake as directed. Allow to cool completely.
The frosting is a wonderful piped chocolate orange ganache.
For the frosting:
- 2 Cups whipping cream
- 2 (12 oz) bags chocolate chips
- 1-2 tsps orange extract
Heat the whipping cream until it nearly boils. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the hot cream over them. Let stand for a few minutes, then mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add the orange extract and stir. Refrigerate until it is somewhat solid and can hold its shape.
Once the cake is cooled, frost as desired. I added tangerine slices to the top of mine; orange candy slices could also be a wonderful addition!
I hope you enjoy!
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