Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Last week it was one of my friends first birthday in Berlin, when you move to a different country this is always a slightly strange occasion and you usually miss out on the traditions from back home. So to celebrate I decided to invite her over for dinner and surprise her by making a birthday cake (with secretly trick candles)!  It didn’t take much to decide, I knew I had to make a cake with this frosting again so this week my recipe was Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting;

Ingredients

  • 200g of Caster Sugar
  • 275g of Butter
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 200g of Flour
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 75g of Icing Sugar
  • 25g of Cocoa Powder
  • Rind of Half an Orange
  • 3tsbp of Orange Juice

 

Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting
Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C
  2. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and sugar in a bowl
  3. Mix in 200g of butter until crumbly
  4. Add the eggs and blend until mixture is smooth
  5. Add the tbsp of vanilla extract and stir in
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into 2 shallow cake tins and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes
  7. Once baked take them out of the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes
  8. Then remove from the cake tins and place on a wire cooling rack
  9. Allow to cool thoroughly before beginning the frosting
  10. Once cool, place 75g of butter, icing sugar, 25g of cocoa, 3tbsp of orange juice and the zest of half an orange in a bowl and mix together thoroughly until smooth
  11. Before frosting the cake I usually trim the top of the cakes to create a flatter surface for the look of the final cake
  12. Then using a palette knife spread 1/4 of the frosting on to the top of one of the cakes, once covered place the other cake upside down on top and push down lightly, so you have the flat base as a top
  13. Then use the rest of the frosting to smoothly cover the cake filling in any gaps between the 2 sponges
  14. Allow to set then serve

 

Cut into Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting
Cut into Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

This cake was really delicious and I think it was appreciated by all of those who ate it! The Vanilla Sponge was a great base for the stronger and so delicious flavours of the Chocolate Orange Frosting, that I must say is becoming my favourite!

What are your favourite frosting flavours?

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