I decided to give this a try when I had nothing better to do, and it turned out pretty great so I thought I’d share the recipe!
What you need:
• 250g chocolate – if you like super rich cake go with dark chocolate, I used a mix of milk and dark
• 200g caster sugar
• 200g unsalted butter – plus some extra to grease the cake tins
• 2 oranges – the zest and the juice
• 5 eggs
• 200g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 150g cocoa powder
• 200 ml double cream
What to do:
• Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease or line 2 sandwich tins (around 20cm)
• Melt 50g of chocolate in a bowl over some simmering water
• Cream together the butter and sugar until it’s light and not lumpy. Add the orange zest and the orange juice plus the melted chocolate.
• Beat the eggs one at a time and slowly add them to the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
• Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold gently (so it doesn’t go everywhere) until everything is combined.
• Divide evenly in the two sandwich tins and bake for 25-30 minutes.
• While the cakes are cooking, make the ganache icing.
• Warm the double cream in a saucepan on a low heat – don’t boil it. Remove from the heat, stir in the rest of the chocolate and just leave it to melt.
• Once the chocolate has melted, stir the ganache and leave it to cool for a few hours.
• When the cakes and the ganache are cool you can ice the whole thing. Sandwich with the ganache and then use the rest to ice the top of the cake.
• Decorate how you like – I used white chocolate shavings but the ganache will be shiny when it’s set so works on its own if you can make it neat enough!