Duerr's : Baking For Boys : Chocolate Orange Cake *

I'm sure we're all pining for GBBO by now! To ease the transition and keep us going until next year, the boys of Duerr's have produced a series on YouTube demonstrating some amazing recipes.

I opted to try their chocolate orange creation first, as it's quite possibly my favourite flavour combination! I also followed their method exactly, including mixing by hand with a whisk. This isn't something I would recommend unless you have some serious muscle going on.

Ingredients for the cake

175g self raising flour - MacDougalls is best for baking
100g soft butter - Stork!
300g caster sugar or 30g splenda - I opted for splenda
50g cocoa powder - I used Green and Blacks
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
90ml warm water
4 tablespoons milk
zest of 1 orange
1 huge tablespoon of Duerr's marmalade

ThatRedheadSaid : Baking with Duerr's : Chocolate Orange Cake ingredients

Ingredients for icing

Duerr's apricot jam - use freely!
150ml double cream - I used Alpro Soya single cream with no issues
150g chocolate - I used Green and Blacks 70% cocoa, which on reflection may have been too much.. 


Duerr's demonstration whisks by hand but I honestly don't see how this approach will work for the at home baker. I would rearrange the sponge method to:
  • Cream the sugar and butter together with the cocoa paste to form soft peaks.
  • Add the milk to the eggs and the baking powder to the flour.
  • Add one egg and one tablespoon of flour at a time, along with the tablespoon of Duerr's marmalade, mixing until just combined.
  • Add the remainder of the flour and the orange zest, fold with a metal spoon, keeping as much air in the mixture as possible.
  • Divide into two lined sponge tins.
  • Bake at 170 degrees for 25-30 minutes - keep an eye on them though! Adopting the GBBO oven-watching stance is perfectly acceptable.
The rest of the recipe worked fine! As you can see my sponge layers were absolutely tiny, but the flavour was there which is the main thing. I used dark chocolate for the entire recipe so I used extra orange zest to cut through the richness. I would also say that you shouldn't be shy with the marmalade in the sponge mix, and the more apricot jam in the center of your cake the better.

I had great fun decorating my cake, as you can tell! :) It's making for a very indulgent dessert in my house. Even my non-cake eating boyfriend is enjoying it. Once it's all gone I will try this recipe again and hope for a much larger cake! I will update this page once I've done it, just so you can see that my other method worked out alright.

ThatRedheadSaid : Baking with Duerr's : Chocolate Orange Cake

ThatRedheadSaid : Baking with Duerr's : Chocolate Orange Cake

ThatRedheadSaid : Baking with Duerr's : Chocolate Orange Cake

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