Chocolate Orange Cake

  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

2 1/4cups flour, sifted
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon baking powder
1teaspoon baking soda
2/3cup butter
1 1/2cups sugar
3medium eggs
3ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
2teaspoons orange extract
1/2cup orange chocolate liqueur
3/4cup evaporated milk
1/2cup water
1/4cup cooking oil
Frosting:
1/2cup cream cheese, whipped
2tablespoons orange chocolate liqueur
1/4teaspoon orange extract
2cups posdered sugar
Finely grated rind of 2 oranges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans. 
  2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffly.  Add eggs one at time; beat well after each addition.  Add melted chocolate liqueur; blend well. Mix together milk and water. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture alternately with milk mixture.  Mix until smooth. Stir in cooking oil.  Pour into pans. 
  3. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched with finger, about 30 minutes.  Let  layers cool  in pans about 5 minutes; turn out onto wire racks. Let  cool completely.  Fill and frost with Chocolate Orange Frosting and garnish with nuts.
  4. To make frosting:  Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in orange chocolate liqueur and orange extract until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Add  grated peel; mix well.
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