for my family’s birthdays, i always offer to make them whatever sweet treat they desire. last week my dad turned 61! his request was for either a chocolate & caramel cake or a chocolate & orange cake. i’ve done chocolate & caramel before, which is delicious, but i wanted a challenge, so i picked the chocolate & orange. i searched for recipes for days, and just wasn’t very satisfied with my findings. i almost made Ina Garten’s orange chocolate chunk cake. but that didn’t seem like a traditional birthday cake to me….i really wanted to make a layer cake. after studying several recipes, i decided to wing it, and make my own version of chocolate & orange cake.
i made the chocolate cake i always make, but added the zest & juice of 2 oranges (the juice was subbed for the boiling water). i do have to say that the juice changed the texture of the cake slightly….and i did have an issue with one of my layers sinking a bit in the middle. but frosting covered that up without a problem. i again chose to make my favorite BEB vanilla buttercream frosting….but instead of vanilla, i added the juice of 1 orange and the zest of two. magnifique! i was pretty pleased with the outcome. in fact, there may have been a little too much orange flavor for my taste. i especially appreciate all of the orange bits in the frosting…so pretty! i’d say he looks pleased.***