https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/26482/chocolate-orange-and-vanilla-marble-cake

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A chocolate, orange and vanilla cake tribute to a Tortoiseshell cat.

Ingredients

  • Marble cake

  • 190g salted butter

  • 2 cups self raising flour

  • 3 eggs

  • 235g caster sugar

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 tbsp sour cream

  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate

  • 30g cocoa

  • 1 orange

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 2 tbsp orange zest

  • Orange colouring

  • ½ tsp vanilla bean extract with seeds

  • ¼ tsp baking powder

  • Orange buttercream

  • 115g unsalted butter

  • 2 cups icing sugar

  • 1 tbsp orange juice

  • 2 tsp orange zest

  • Orange colouring

  • Dark chocolate ganache

  • 200grams dark chocolate

  • 200mls whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons raw caster sugar

  • Toffee shards

  • 1 cup of caster sugar

  • ¼ cup of water

  • 1 tbsp Orange Zest

Method

  • For the marble cake:

  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line a 25cm cake tin.

  • 2.

    Zest and juice an orange.

  • 3.

    Grate dark chocolate

  • 4.

    Weigh the mixing bowl before adding anything to it.

  • 5.

    Measure the softened butter and caster sugar, beat until creamed and fluffy.

  • 6.

    Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.

  • 7.

    Weigh the bowl containing the mixture and divide cake batter into three separate bowls (equally according to weights).

  • For the orange component:

  • 1.

    Mix orange juice and milk into wet mixture.

  • 2.

    Sift flour and fold through wet mixture.

  • 3.

    Mix through orange zest.

  • For the chocolate component:

  • 1.

    Mix dark chocolate and milk through wet mixture.

  • 2.

    Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder (to compensate for reduced amount of self raising flour).

  • For the vanilla component:

  • 1.

    Mix milk and vanilla essence into wet mixture.

  • 2.

    Sift flour and fold through.

  • 3.

    Place spoonfuls of cake mixture alternating in the cake tin and then using a blunt bladed knife swirl the colours into each other.

  • 4.

    Bake for 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.

  • 5.

    Allow to cool for 5 minutes in tins, then turn and cool cakes in freezer for 10 minutes.

  • 6.

    Using wooden skewers and a ruler measure and bisect the cake.

  • For the orange buttercream:

  • 1.

    Cream butter until pale.

  • 2.

    Add icing sugar half a cup at a time.

  • 3.

    Add orange juice, zest and orange colouring.

  • 4.

    Continue to mix – adjust mixture according to consistency.

  • 5.

    Mix until the mixture is no longer grainy, if it is grainy add a tsp of hot water.

  • For the dark chocolate ganache:

  • 1.

    Place cream and raw caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil.

  • 2.

    Chop dark chocolate into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl.

  • 3.

    Once cream has reached boiling point, pour over the chocolate and stir until all of the chocolate has melted and the ganache is smooth.

  • 4.

    Allow the mixture to cool slightly before pouring it over the cake.

  • For the toffee shards:

  • 1.

    Place sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat.

  • 2.

    Allow sugar to dissolve by gently swirling pan.

  • 3.

    If time allows – once sugar has dissolved, and before allowing mixture to boil – remove 2tbs of the sugar mixture and allow to cool. Once cooled, add remaining orange juice and pour over open cake surface.

  • 4.

    Bring toffee mixture to boil and allow it to cook until it changes colour.

  • 5.

    Pour onto a piece of baking paper, once cooled slightly sprinkle some fresh orange zest of the toffee.

  • 6.

    Once completely cooled, break into shards.

  • To assemble:

  • 1.

    Spread a thin layer orange buttercream between cake layers and place top layer on.

  • 2.

    Pour chocolate ganache over cake.

  • 3.

    Insert toffee shards into middle of the cake and decorate with a few pipings of orange icing.

Notes

This recipe has not been edited or tested by the Bake Off Food Department

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