This candied orange salted chocolate ganache yellow cake is a recipe that is relatively easy to make if you like baking. The cake has layers of chocolate ganache and candied oranges and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion.
Party-Ready Birthday Cake
My friend's birthday was coming, and I wanted really badly to make her a cake. My palms were itchy for a fun springy cake that would brighten her day!
As she was born at the beginning of April, I figured out that daisies and ladybugs are the best to achieve that.
I decided on this candied orange salted chocolate ganache yellow cake because it was different. I love the combination of chocolate and orange flavor, and I love salted chocolate ganache.
The cake is pretty simple to bake and put together. The fun part for me was the process of decorating the cake.
How to decorate
I made many gum paste daisies, a cute ladybug, and I surrounded the cake with Kit Kat bars to create a little spring garden image.
I know the concept of using the Kit Kat bars is not new; its beauty is that the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating the face of a cake.
You can use gum paste figurines, real flowers, fresh fruit, or any colored candy you like. This cake goes well for a spring event, Easter, if you add a little bunny and eggs, summer gardens, pools, etc.
The possibilities are endless, so use your imagination. This is my ladybug sitting on a bunch of daisies. I love daisies. For me, they are the happiest flowers to have around in the spring.
My friend loved the cake!
Unfortunately, I do not have a section to show you the inside, but my friend C. said the cake was moist and the chocolate ganache was decadent and delicious.
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Are you going to try your hand at baking and decorating this cake?
- 1 ½ cups/188g g all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup/188 g of sugar
- 1 stick /113g unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 large eggs + 1 yolk , room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup/120ml buttermilk, room temperature
- SALTED DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- 16 ounces/453g dark chocolate , chopped
- 2 cups/480 ml heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons candied orange peel, chopped finely
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Grease and flour a 9 inch round baking pan or springform pan.
- Use a medium bowl to sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Use a mixer if you have one.
- Add eggs and yolk, one at a time, beating until well combined.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add flour mixture alternating with buttermilk.
- Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread it evenly in the pan.
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Remove and cool the pan for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely.
- SALTED CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
- Place chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream + salt to a boil. Remove it from the stove and pour cream over the chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes, then stir to melt the chocolate. Let it cool, then beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the candied orange peel and mix to incorporate it in the ganache.
- HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
- Slice the cake twice horizontally, so you end up with three layers.
- Place the bottom of the cake on a cake platter.
- Split the ganache into three parts.
- Use one part to fill the first cake layer.
- Add another layer of cake on top of the ganache. Spread some more ganache over it. Finish the cake with another layer and then cover it with ganache.
- Decorate it as you like, or if you do not want to bother with decorations, sprinkle the cake with sea salt. Enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 5g