Chocolate Orange Cake – Dark chocolate cake layers with a hint of orange zest, covered with a chocolate orange buttercream.
Chocolate Orange Cake Update
Oh, this cake was due for an update! I first came up with this recipe a couple years ago when I went to Fox 13’s The Place, a local lifestyle show here in Salt Lake City. It was a super simple recipe back then, and still is today, but one that is totally going to win you over.
My goal was to make the cake taste exactly like the chocolate orange I used to get in my Christmas stocking as a child. It’s a flavor combination that will always make me think of Christmastime. And I think you’ll really like it in cake form!
I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe and added some orange zest for a hint of flavor in the cake. It’s the buttercream, however, that I think really steals the show. To add flavor to the buttercream, I used orange emulsion by Lorann, which you can find HERE. Emulsions are a lot like extracts, but are water based. Extracts are alcohol based. I typically lean toward emulsions because I like the flavoring better, but an extract will work too. Just sub it 1-for-1 in the recipe.
I don’t think this cake needs a lot of added decorations, but love how a little rosemary and dried oranges give the brown some contrast.
Excited for you to whip this one up!