Chocolate Orange Cake

  • Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

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