Chocolate cake with chocolate orange cream cheese icing

8 servings Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 40 mins
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Winning flavour combo - chocolate and orange. Delicious oil based cake that's both decadent and easy to make. Brought to you by Libstar.

By Independent Contributor September 01 2021
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Ingredients (19)

For the chocolate cake
500 ml cake flour
375 ml castor sugar
180 ml cocoa powder
10 ml Robertson's bicarbonate of soda
5 ml Robertson's baking powder
2.5 ml salt
250 ml buttermilk
250 ml water — lukewarm
3 large eggs
60 ml canola oil
5 ml Robertson's vanilla essence
2.5 ml orange essence
For the chocolate orange cream cheese icing
60 g butter — softened
230 g cream cheese
375 ml icing sugar
60 ml cocoa powder
5 ml orange essence
To decorate
chocolate balls — or chocolate curls
orange zest — coated in a little castor sugar
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To make the chocolate cake

Preheat the oven to 180◦ C.

Spray two 20 cm in diameter cake pans with Cook ‘n Bake Non-stick Spray and line the base with baking paper.

Mix the flour, castor sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt together.  Sift together twice.

Beat the buttermilk, water, eggs, oil and essences together until well combined.  Add to the dry ingredients and mix together.

Divide between the 2 prepared pans.  Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Leave to cool slightly in the pan and then turn out on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the icing

Beat the butter and cream cheese together.  Sift the icing sugar and cocoa together.  Add to the cream cheese mixture together with the essence and beat until smooth.

Ice the cake with chocolate orange cream cheese icing and then decorate with chocolate balls and orange zest.

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