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7th, April 2014

Double Chocolate Orange Carrot Cake + Flash Giveaway

Double Chocolate Orange Carrot Cake

We all know that carrot cake is a bake that always pops up around easter time. Usually it comes in the form of a spiced carrot cake, with or withour walnuts and raisins, depending on your preference, frosted with cream cheese. My version is a twist on a traditional carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, in this double chocolate orange carrot cake. I used to work at Hummingbird Bakery and my main job role was to prepare the brownies, whoopie pie, a few of the cake mixtures and a chocolate cream cheese filling. The chocolate cream cheese filling went on top of their frosted brownie and it was by far my favourite thing to eat. Literally scraping the bowl.

Dc-orange-carrot-wedge So I thought I’d recreate the frosting and frost it on top of a spiced carrot cake with the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts in the batter making it a double chocolate orange carrot cake. Usually, I’m a carrot cake purist. No nuts, no raisins. I’m just not down with the crunchy bits in the cake and raisins are a big no no in general. In the cake used Green & Blacks milk chocolate bar cut into chips and in the frosting, I used their Milk Chocolate infused with blood orange. Double Chocolate Orange Carrot Cake Slice The milk chocolate bar infused with orange adds really fruit notes to the cake, which also highlights the orange zest and juice used in the batter. To garnish the double chocolate orange cake I quickly candied some oranges and arranged on top.


I decided to do a flash giveaway for Easter hosted by Green & Blacks. This giveaway is only open for 2 days and the winner will receive an Milk Chocolate Easter Egg. All you have to do is leave a comment stating, What is your favourite chocolate bar?
Competition Ends Wednesday @ 2pm GMT

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Double Chocolate Orange Carrot Cake
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Recipe type: Cakes
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Yields: 6-8 servings
 
Easy one bowl, no mixer double chocolate orange carrot cake. Spiced carrot cake with the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts frosted with a chocolate orange cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients
For the candied orange...
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 250g (1¼ cup) sugar
  • 250ml (1¼ cup) water
For the carrot cake...
  • 225ml (1 cup) oil
  • 225g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 250g (2 cups)flour
  • 250g (2¼ cups) carrots, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp BP
  • ½ tsp Bicarb
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 75g (2/3 cup) walnuts
  • 75g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
For the cream cheese...
  • 80g milk chocolate with orange
  • 50g (1/4 cup) butter
  • 100g (3/4 cup) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 150g (2/3 cup) cream cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
For the candied orange...
  1. Place the water and sugar into a medium sized saucepan. Over medium heat, allow the sugar to dissolve. Add the sliced oranges.
  2. Put a small side plate, directly on top of the oranges and allow to cook over a low heat for 15mins.
  3. Remove oranges from syrup and shake off excess liquid.
  4. Place on to a lined baking tray and bake at 160C whilst making the carrot cake. After 35mins turn over and bake for another 35mins.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
For the carrot cake...
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Line the base of a deep 10 inch cake tin with parchment paper and grease the sides
  2. Combine all the ingredients together and pour into the cake tin,
  3. Bake for 45mins-1hour until a skewer when inserted comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool for 15mins in the tin before inverting onto a cooling rack.
For the chocolate cream cheese...
  1. Melt together the butter and chocolate.
  2. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder together beat into the chocolate with the salt till it becomes stiff. Allow the mixture to cool down slightly.
  3. Beat in the cold cream cheese till smooth.
  4. Frost the top of the cake with the chocolate cream cheese and arrange the candied orange slices on top
Oh So Sweet Baker's Notes
- The syrup leftover from candying the oranges, pour into a jar and store in the fridge. Use to flavour drinks and cocktails (orange syrup)
- If a 10 inch cake tin isn't available, alternatively bake in two 8 in cake tins for about 25-30mins
- You can cut the cake in half and spread some frosting in the middle. You will need 1 & ½ times the recipe.

This post is sponsored by Green & Blacks. All opinions and views are my own. All content is written by moi!

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29 Responses to “Double Chocolate Orange Carrot Cake + Flash Giveaway”

  1. Candace says:

    My favourite chocolate is a snickers bar!

  2. This is such a gorgeous cake! I love how you frosted the top!

  3. Melanie C says:

    I love Green & Blacks Milk with Caramel x

  4. Tracy Hughes says:

    Not really a bar, but I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I could eat them all day!

  5. This cake is so simple and beautiful!

    My favorite chocolate is straight up milk chocolate!

  6. Jo Hutchinson says:

    Green and Blacks milk chocolate with butterscotch is delicious.

  7. laura banks says:

    crunchies are my fav

  8. kelly says:

    I like dairy milk or any milk chocolate :)

  9. I never thought to pair orange and carrot cake and chocolate but OMG! I totally want that combo now!

  10. That slice of cake is calling my name! I love Green & Blacks! Their mint and dark chocolate is my all time favorite!

  11. kellyjo walters says:

    i really like valrhona dark chocolate

  12. Giulia says:

    Green and black butterscotch<3

  13. This is brilliant! I have never thought of putting chocolate together with carrot cake but it sounds perfect! My favorite chocolate bar is anything that has dark chocolate and nuts.

  14. Kayahi says:

    Mmm… this cake looks divine. I love the idea of using chocolate and orange together. My favourite bar has to be twix. Love caramel and chcolate

  15. hasan said says:

    My favourite chocolate is mars bars

  16. Leanne Lunn says:

    I am big chocolate fan but white would have to be my favourite

  17. Lerisha says:

    My favourite chocolate is dream or milkybar

  18. Jayden says:

    My favourite chocolate is snickers

  19. Onyeka says:

    Kinder Bueno is my favourite

  20. Melissa Red says:

    I love crunchies

  21. Milk chocolate cream cheese frosting? Now that’s a fantastic idea. This is such a creative, elegant new version of carrot cake. It looks absolutely incredible!

  22. I love that you added chocolate–that’s pretty much my strategy with every dessert, so I’m sure this cake is amazing!

  23. I love how your pics are always so mysterious and moody – this looks delicious girrrl!

  24. What a delicious piece of cake, Rochelle! Love how you created this with some double chocolate action. Great giveaway, too!

  25. I love how you’ve put your twist on carrot cake, it sounds delicious. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share your gorgeous recipes with us when the party goes live today. P.S Subscribed to your blog too!

  26. WHOA! Chocolate and carrot cake? Two of my favorite!

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