So the Great British Bake Off ended last week and Helen and I are delighted that some of the great bloggers who bake still want to continue baking and showcasing them as part of our GBBO series. Therefore, to co-incide with the fact that BBC 2 are showing GBBO Master Class episodes this week, Helen and I will be opeing a linky for the whole of November for you to join in and link up a bake inspired by a theme shown during the entire series 4. Maybe you always wanted to try breadsticks, or you fancy making an Opera cake but didnt have the time. Maybe you fancy perfecting macarons after throwing your first attempt in the bin (yes that was me!), or perhaps you just want to revisit a bake you really enjoyed making again. Of course this weeks Master Class shows will also reveal the creations that Mary and Paul would have baked had they been competing in the bake off, which again offers you more culinary creations to try your hand at.
On tonights TV Master Class Bake Off show, Mary’s Whole Orange Cake was featured which is a 4-layered sponge cake made using a whole orange which is boiled first to soften and then, once the pips are removed, is blended to make the zesty flavour for the cake. Of course being a Mummy Mishaps, I wanted to make my own version of this cake because for one thing I did not have all the exact same ingredients and I wanted to add some cocoa powder to make if a chocolate orange cake in place of the spices that Mary includes as I figured this would go down better with my family.
Anyway, for now here is my Whole Orange Chocolate Cake which was delicious and very easy to make. I made mine a 3 layered sponge as I didn’t want to slice my 2 sponges in half, and instead of saving some of the blended orange pulp to go in my frosting as per the recipe, I just added some orange juice. I also used cream cheese in place of mascapone for the frosting and I left out the baking powder. Oh and I did not make the candid orange peel to decorate my cake with, so I just added some grated chocolate orange! I like to adapt recipes to what I have at home and what suits my family’s requirements!
- *For the Sponges*
- 1 small orange with a thin skin
- 275g Stork
- 275g caster sugar
- 225g self raising flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 4 eggs
- *For the Frosting*
- 50g unsalted butter
- 175g icing sugar
- 200g full fat soft cheese
- juice of ½ orange
- 4 segments of a chocolate orange, grated
- Place the orange in a pan and cover with boiling water and boil for 30 minutes until the skin softens. Be careful not to allow the pan to run out of water
- Once softened remove from the pan and allow to cool until just warm to the touch
- Pre-heat your oven to 180oC / 160o C (fan) and grease and line 3 x 8 inch diameter cake tins
- Slice the orange in half and remove the pips. Place the pipless orange into a processor or blender and blitz to make a chunky textured orange sauce. I only had a blender so I added my eggs here to make it easier to blend the orange and produce a sauce.
- Place the Stork (or fat alternative) and sugar into a bowl and beat together until pale and creamy.
- Add the eggy orange mixture and beat again for a couple of minutes.
- Fold in the sifted flour and cocoa powder and mix until just combined being careful not to over beat.
- Divide the cake batter between the 3 tins and then cook in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until cooked all the way through
- Place the butter - best used at room temperature - into a bowl and beat until smooth
- Carefully add the sifted icing sugar a little at a time until you have a smooth creamy paste
- Add the cream cheese and orange juice and beat again until you have a smooth frosting.
- Place in the fridge , covered, until you are ready to use it.
- To assemble:
- Layer the sponges with the frosting and on the top layer sprinkle the chocolate orange over the frosting
This cake is so moist as a result of using a whole orange in the cake batter. Every now and then you get a piece of orange peel within the sponge which adds a little burst of zesty chewyness. I would imagine that the addition of spices as per the Mary Berry recipe woud make this cake very similar to a carrot cake, but by ommitting them in favour of cocoa powder just makes this a yummy orange cake with a subtle hint of chocolate. Deeeelicious! I will make this again as per the exact recipe when I have carrot cake fans visiting though as I myself like carrot and orange cake.
So now it is over to you …………………………………. on your marks, get set and baaaaaaake!!!
Whatever you decide to bake please make sure:
**all recipes must be a new post and not an old one linked up
** you can link up as many recipes as you like as long as they fit the rules
**all recipes must fit the themes set during series 4 of the Great British Bake Off and/or the Master Class series
**all entries must carry the GBBO badge (see below)
**all entries must also carry a link to Helen and myself please http://www.thecrazykitchen.co.uk/p/the-great-bloggers-bake-off.html and http://www.mummymishaps.co.uk/category/gbbo
**all entries must be linked up on either mine or Helen Hollywood’s blog by 11.59pm Saturday 30th November, 2013
There will be prizes again at the close of the linky – details to follow.
We look forward to seeing your bakes 🙂
I was sent a tub of Stork for the purpose of this bake, although it was my choice of recipe