This is my own recipe for orange and chocolate cake. It is soft and has amazing flavours.
175g soft butter
2 tbs milk
3 tbs fresh orange juice
1 tbs orange zest
1 tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
200g self-raising flour
175g light muscovado sugar
For the filling
350g double cream
100g unsweetened chocolate (melted in a double boiler)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbs orange liqueur or Cointreau
70g roasted cashew nuts
Preheat the oven 180*C/ 350F. Line a round cake tin with baking paper. Mix together cocoa powder, baking powder, flour and orange zest in bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the other ingredients until there are no lumps. Add the dry ingredients in three batches to the wet ingredients, folding together until smooth. Pour the cake mixture in to the cake tin, bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool down.
To make the filling – add the double cream and sugar to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until you get a smooth paste. Fold the cream mixture into the melted chocolate and mix well. Mix orange juice with the liqueur.
To assemble – cut the cake into two layers and sprinkle with the orange juice mixture. Spread the cream mixture, stacking together carefully. Finish the cake as you like.
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