When Adriano Zumbo’s lolly-bag cake made an appearance on Masterchef, I was intrigued. It was colorful and it boasted of a variety of flavors. It was also one of the trickiest and most complicated recipes I have ever come across. Naturally, the little chef in me was excited to try it out. However, after spending two weeks hunting for the ingredients in the city, I had to give up. Not everything was available and I could only handle so much disappointment.
To lift up my mood, I decided to bake something else but something unique. I decided I needed an ice-cream to tickle my creativity. I picked up a choco-orange bar from a stall and that is when inspiration hit me. I loved the choco-orange ice-cream and I loved chocolates with orange essence in it. It is an interesting and emerging trend and it’s delicious. Why not try a cake which had those same flavors?
Coming up with a good way to mix those two flavors was difficult. I wanted something eccentric but something that tasted good. After a lot of failures, I realized that eccentric wasn’t going to work and I had to settle for classic. So I went ahead and baked a triple layered choco-orange-choco cake with dark chocolate ganache.
If you like to bake and you like the new and trendy choco-orange flavor then this is something that you really should try because it tastes really good and is fun to make. It has two layers of chocolate with the layer of orange flavored cake in the middle.
For the chocolate layers of the cake, you will need:
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
1-1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1-1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Once you have all the ingredients, what you need to do is –
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two round baking pans. Alternatively, you can bake one huge cake and cut it through the middle into two cakes.
Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt (dry mixture). Keep it aside.
In a bowl, mix the butter, eggs, vegetable oil, and the vanilla extract. Beat together till it forms a light and fluffy mixture
Add the dry mixture and the milk to it alternating between one part of the mixture and one part of the milk.
Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Once it’s out of the oven, cool the cakes for ten minutes before removing them from the pans to the wire racks. Set it aside to cool.
For the orange layer of the cake, you will need:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup flour
½ cup orange juice
After gathering all the ingredients, you need to –
Soften the butter by leaving it out for some time. Whisk the softened butter. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until even lighter and fluffier but make sure not to overdo it.
Add the baking powder, the baking soda, the vanilla extract, the orange extract and the orange zest. Mix well. Add the flour and mix it until the batter is uniform. Add the orange juice and mix it until it’s smooth and well blended.
Flour and grease a pan and line it with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the cake pan.
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until golden and the cake is pulling away from the edges of the pan. Try the toothpick method. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer it to a cooling rack.
For the ganache, you will need –
200ml Fresh cream
400gm Dark chocolate
Grate or chop the chocolate into pieces and melt it either in a microwave or in a bain-marie (shown in the picture below). Heat the fresh cream until bubbles form on the edges. Pour the heated cream over the melted chocolate. Make sure the temperature of the cream is higher than that of the chocolate or else the chocolate will form granules. Leave it for three to four minutes. After three to four minutes, mix them together well and the ganache is ready.
Place one chocolate cake and apply the ganache on top of it. Leave the sides bare. Place the orange cake over it. Make sure it doesn’t slide off. Once it’s settled, apply ganache on top of the orange cake and put the second chocolate cake on top of it. After letting it settle for a few minutes, apply ganache over the whole surface. Grate/chop some chocolates and spread it on top of the cake. Pop on a few candles because having made this cake is reason enough to celebrate, and you’re good to go.
The dark chocolate ganache and the slightly citrus flavor of the orange cake balances the sweetness of the two layers of chocolate cake and it provides you with a new, different, tasty treat to enjoy.