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Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake

No referer *
Prep Time
20
min.
Total Time
35
min.
Servings

16 servings

Is there nothing orange zest can't do? Watch this video to see how it helps make this chocolate layer cake a citrusy success.

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Make It

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  • Beat first 5 ingredients with mixer until blended.
  • Cut each cake horizontally into 2 layers. Stack on plate, spreading 3/4 cup frosting between each layer. Frost top and side with remaining frosting.
  • Microwave chocolate and COOL WHIP in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after each minute. Cool 15 min.; spread over top of cake, allowing excess to drizzle down side. Keep refrigerated.

Size Wise

The orange flavor is a perfect complement to the chocolate in this special-occasion cake.

Substitute

Substitute 8 drops yellow and 4 drops red food coloring for the orange food coloring.

Servings

  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 540
Total fat 27g
Saturated fat 12g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 400mg
Carbohydrate 74g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 60g
Protein 5g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 8 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 8 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great combination of flavors! Great combination of flavors! I used a devil's food cake mix and it worked fine. The only change I made was I upped the orange flavor in the frosting a lot. After adding the tablespoon of zest, the frosting just tasted like cream cheese to me, so I started to add more and more plus squeezed juice from the orange in there. In the end, I just about used all the zest from the orange and a few squeezes of the juice and the flavor was great to me and everyone who ate it thought so too. The cake wasn't difficult to make but it was time consuming. However, that could be due to the changes I made with the frosting. But I thought it was well worth it.
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This recipe turned out great for me. This recipe turned out great for me. I made the chocolate cake from scratch and let it totally cool before cutting it. A cut cake is really hard to frost so after cutting the 2 layers I put them in the freezer just until hard, and microwaved the icing, about a cup at a time for about 15-20 sec. The layers were then easy to frost and crumb free. Beautiful! I was told it was the best cake they had EVER had. What a hit. Thanks
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was really great! This was really great!!! I used twice as much orange extract in place of the zest. It was very flavorful! There was way too much icing though!! I ended up only using half of what the recipe made and it was still a tad too much for my taste. I am not much of an icing person though. My family loved it, and my son is requesting it for his birthday. :-)
Date published: 2009-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for the first time for my co workers. I made this for the first time for my co workers. What a hit!! Many of the women asked me for the recipe. It is delicious! So moist and flavorful. The orange zest really adds the best flavor to this recipe. I used Devils Food cake mix. I am making this cake again very soon. Thanks Kraft
Date published: 2009-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good cake.I cut back on the powdered sugar in the frosting, and it was still sweet enough. Very good cake.I cut back on the powdered sugar in the frosting, and it was still sweet enough. The orange zest in the frosting was a nice touch.I used some halloween sprinkles on the bottom rim of the cake to decorate, and a pumpkin on top.It made a great Halloween birthday cake.
Date published: 2010-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I will absolutely have to try to make it again as the first try completely flopped! I will absolutely have to try to make it again as the first try completely flopped! I used 9" cake pans rather than 8" and after I cut them in two, they fell apart, then the icing was too heavy and the layers slid apart. It was a mess but it tasted good so will try again.
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a simple recipe that is very good. This was a simple recipe that is very good. It’s easy to put together and doesn’t take much time. The only thing I changed was the use of orange zest. I used the equivalent in orange extract and I think it turned out ok. I would definitely make it again.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I rated this as Fair, only because my frosting did not come out as thick as the video. I rated this as Fair, only because my frosting did not come out as thick as the video. I followed the recipe exactly. I even put in the fridge for an hour. Any suggestions?
Date published: 2012-10-16
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