Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe By Rikki Snyder

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When sweet meets tart


It’s the perfect pairing, as timeless as peanut butter & jelly, or macaroni & cheese. When chocolate meets fruit, more specifically citrus, there is little room for error. This cake, though simplistic, is filled with more delicious flavor than we could ever hope for in a decadent dessert. The tangy orange combined with the sweetness of the frosting and the rich chocolate cake make for the perfect sweet treat; it’s so good, you’ll be reluctant to share!

Chocolate Orange Cake
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh grate orange peel
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour two round 9-inch baking pans.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in sour cream.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa and salt.
  5. Combine baking soda and buttermilk in a medium bowl; add alternately with dry ingredients to butter mixture. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into certain of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Combine 4 cups powdered sugar, ½ cup melted butter, ¼ cup orange juice, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat until smooth.
  3. Makes about 2 cups. Frost as desired.

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chocolate orange cake slices

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