Friday, 23 December 2011

Triple Orange and Chocolate Cake - We Should Cocoa 16

All dressed up and nowhere to go!
When I received these glamourous little shoes, I knew immediately they would have to adorn a cake. And adorn the cake that I made for last week's tea party they did. Given the theme of this month's We Should Cocoa, that cake had to be an orange one. But as it was for WSC, it couldn't just be any old orange cake, no, it had to be a bit more than that, so it became a tripe orange cake. I had a jar of bitter orange syrup left over from making candied orange peel, a bar of orange milk chocolate from Divine and some organic oranges, so with those all gathered up, I set to:








  • Creamed 225g unsalted butter with 125g vanilla sugar (caster) and 100g molasses sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Grated in the zest of 1 organic orange and creamed some more.
  • Beat in 4 medium eggs, alternating with some of the flour.
  • Sieved in 200g flour (half wholemeal, half white & a tbsp mesquite powder), 25g cocoa, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda and a pinch of salt.
  • Stirred this in with a large tbsp of Greek yogurt and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Spooned into two 22 cm sandwich moulds and baked at 180C for 23 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
  • Or maybe there is
  • Left in moulds for 10 mins then turned out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Melted 100g orange milk chocolate (Divine) in a bowl over hot water.
  • Beat this into 200g cream cheese.
  • Spread over one of the cooled cakes and placed the other on top.
  • Warmed 50 ml of orange syrup (left over from making candied orange peel) in a small pan.
  • Added 80g broken dark chocolate (60%) and 10g unsalted butter.
  • Stirred until smooth.
  • Allowed to cool a little, then poured over the cake.
  • Placed a pair of shoes on top!
The party's over
Three types of orange and three types of chocolate had the desired effect and this cake was truly delicious. The photographs are not of the best due to the poor light, but the cake had a real wow factor with those shoes strutting their stuff.

Although this cake was undoubtedly gorgeous and has to be my entry for We Should Cocoa, the orange and chocolate mince pies I made for the same party were absolutely delicious too and would otherwise have been a strong contender.

28 comments:

  1. Shoes make the cake at least from a visual point of view! Sorry I haven't entered this month, if I get a chance before the end of the month I will.

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  2. That sounds like the best cake ever and I love the shoes. Nice touch. I got new shoes today. A red pair. I love shoes :)

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  3. Janet - thank you. The shoes made the cake and were a good talking point too.

    Jac - thank you for your lovely comment. Red shoes are my favourite - enjoy.

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  4. Shoes are so cool!!
    Merry Christmas! xoxoxo

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  5. Red shoes are certainly the best!

    This cake is glorious, I am not surprised it disappeared!

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  6. The cake sounds really delicious!

    Happy Christmas to you!

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  7. I wouldnt expect anything less from you ;P Great entry indeed and it sounds absolutely delicious. Love the shoes too! Did they get eaten? Have a happy Christmas! Look forward to more we should cocoa goodness next year x

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  8. LOL! I LOVE this, but the shoes look like the owner stumbled back from the pub and abandoned them on your cake.....it's the rakish angle! LOVELY LOVELY looking cake I now want some new shoes for ALL my posh cakes!
    Karen
    XXX

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  9. I am a huge shoe fan and have never seen anything like these before! Your triple chocolate cake looks like it has am amazing texture and who could resist a choc/orange combo at this time of the year:-) xx

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  10. excuse my french but this cake looks fucking AMAZING!!!... i NEED a slice NOW... now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Now that's what I'd call a serious chocolate cake. I certainly wouldn't step on it. Have a really happy Christmas.

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  12. Looks lovely - and I really like the way you've packed the orange flavour in - great use of ingredients you had around like that orange syrup. Yum, I love a good chocolate orange combo.

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  13. You have combined two of my favourite things chocolate and shoes! What a great cake! Merry Christmas. Jude x

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  14. I love the shoes! Especially in the final shot where they look like they've been tramped through a muddy field :-)

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  15. delicious chocolate cake!! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  16. Gorgeous and Gorgeous to cake and shoes. Happy Christmas to you and CT xx

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  17. wow this looks gorgeous! love the decoration on the top too. Chocolate and orange is such a winning combination that I am sure you will have a bumper month for entries

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  18. lovely cake - just right for christmas - and I love your colourful table and of course those darling shoes - hope you have had a lovely christmas

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  19. What a great cake topper! Love those chocolate shoes. Also love that you used 3 types of orange in this cake!

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  20. What an awesome looking cake and I'm sure it tastes divine too. Loving the shoes!

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  21. Those shoes are just too cute!!! The perfect topper for a tea time treat like this cake. Yum ;0)

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  22. awesome cake and the shoes are adorable! you make my chocolate orange cake look bad hahaha.

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  23. This cake looks AMAZING! I will defo be trying it out. And the shoe idea is fab too. Just the sort of thing I would do too.

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  24. I love how the shoes inspired the cake, which looks incredible by the way!

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  25. Wowsers, what a cake. Did you eat the shoes in the end?

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