Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake, I know you are thinking what an incredible combination it must be to combine coffee with chocolate and oranges, right? Well, trust me, you are absolutely right. These three make an excellent pair. Something that your taste buds would want to reward you for. Talking about Oranges have you tried these Delicious Orange Bars or Mandarin Orange and Pomegranate Muffins or these Brown Sugar Orange Pop-Tarts or these White Chocolate Orange Brownies
But, wait guys, It gets so much better. Once the cake is done, there is a smooth and silky chocolate ganache frosted around the cake and finally, there is some professional style piping done with Orange creamsicle frosting. And, all of that rises to an extraordinary level with you sprinkle some more Orange zest and some coffee mix on top...!
What you are left with is a Creamy, Moist, and Zesty, Chocolaty Cake with a distinct taste of coffee that makes the chocolate taste chocolaty with a hint of Mocha and stops the recipe from inclining to a too much towards a sweeter side. Have you tried my Orange Cardamom Loaf Cake with Oil? It's really popular on the blog.
Let's Talk Taste!
You must have already figured out the taste by now. But, as I just ate it and it was so tasty, that I really want to tell you guys how good this taste.
So, basically, once you dig in you get a distinct taste of orange. I feel that tastes better in an environment of rich, dark chocolate, and coffee.
Adding Instant coffee brings out the taste of chocolate better and coffee in itself has a rich dark bitter taste that feels so good on your palate. But, one thing it doesn't taste is bitter or sour.
I was concerned about that. But, In my recipe testing phase, I have balanced it out so well that once you have finished it you will be left with an after taste of coffee and orange.
Oranges feel fresh while chocolate and coffee make it taste decadent. You are gonna love every single bit of this cake. Also, check out my Orange Cranberry Muffins. It's another super classic and super tasty recipe.
Orange Chocolate Mocha Cake - What Inspired Me to make these?
The season of berries has bid us goodbye. So has the cherries. Now what remains is Apples. But, I am excited about Oranges. As early November sets in, you get to see farmer's markets selling farm fresh Navel Oranges. They are just perfect for the Fall season.
I am a fan of Oranges and I really can't wait until Christmas to get Cara Cara Oranges. I love Oranges and these Navel Oranges are just perfect!
So, what could have been a better way to cherish this beautiful seasonal fruit other than making some quick and easy dessert out of it.
After lots of brainstorming and swinging from cupcakes to cookies to pies to tarts, I finally decided to make Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake. I struggle always with my indecisiveness but at the end of the day, it still helps me choose something that turns out good. So, I chose to make this Orange Chocolate Mocha Cake and I decided to go with Orange Creamsicle frosting. It sounded delicious in my mind but I was a bit apprehensive about how it would taste.
So I decided to test this recipe. For the first time when I baked it, I don't know what went wrong but my cake sunk in the middle. I was so depressed and sad. If you saw it you would say that a boulder had dropped in the center. I realized that my cake batter was lacking moisture content. So, I made it again and again at least 2-3 times until I got a beautiful and spongy cake on the table. Eventually, today, I was ready to share it with y'all.
How to Make Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake
So, the first thing that I did was use Betty Crocker's Chocolate Cake Mix. It made my work so much easier. No flour - no problem. Use this instead.
I added all my ingredients progressively starting from the Coco Cake Mix to Brown Sugar, Orange juice, Orange Zest, Instant Coffee Mix, a hint of pure vanilla extract, and some Orange Oil. The Coffee along with the Orange and Chocolate Cake Mix tastes incredible YUM.
You would love the taste once you dig into it.
You must have seen in the video that I have skipped eggs. I feel eggs increase the weight of the cake and don't allow it to fluff much. So, what I prefer is adding some thick Greek yogurt along with some buttermilk. Both these ingredients never make me miss eggs in my cakes.
Finally, I prepared a chocolate ganache over a double boiler and frosted my cake with that.
And, lastly, I whipped cream with some Orange food color and whipped cream and piped it carefully on my cake. And, my Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake was absolutely done...Oh, I forgot that final touch of Orange zest and Ground Coffee. In the center, I placed one Orange slice, coated it with chocolate, and did some Orange creamsicle frosting on top. Also, the Orange Rinds surrounding it are so cute...!
Other Recipes with Oranges:
- Orange Cardamom Rolls without Yeast
- Chocolate Chunk Orange Cookies
- Brown Sugar glazed Orange Cranberry Muffin
Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake
- 6 cups Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Orange Extract
- 2 tablespoon Ground Coffee Beans
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
- 2 tablespoon Orange Juice
- ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 tablespoon Thick Yogurt
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 2 cups Whipping Cream
- 100 gm Dark Chocolate 3.5 Oz
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 Drop Orange Food Color
- Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C and line a styrofoam cake pan with parchment paper
- In a bowl, combine Chocolate cake mix with Vanilla Extract, Orange Extract, Ground Coffee Beans, Brown Sugar, Orange Zest, Orange Juice, Yogurt, Vegetable Oil, and Buttermilk. Mix everything with a spatula to make a smooth Cake batter.
- Pour this into a cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350F or 180 C or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.Once the Chocolate cake is baked, get it out of the oven and cool it down.
- Melt Dark Chocolate with butter in a double boiler. Keep stirring at regular intervals so that the chocolate doesn't get burned. Once the chocolate is smooth and lump-free, get it off in a separate bowl.Combine the melted dark chocolate with whipped cream, using a handheld mixer or stand mixer. Beat until you get a smooth and creamy Chocolate ganache ready. Now slather it over the baked and cooled cake. Even it out using an offset spatula.
- For Orange whipped cream frosting, combine Whipping cream with 1 drop of orange gel food color, using a handheld mixer or stand mixer, until you get stiff peaks. Take it up in a piping bag, snip the edge and do the frosting over the cake. If you want, you can even add a nozzle into your piping bag and do the frosting over your chocolate cake.
- Top the cake with orange rinds. Orange Rinds are basically, the skin of Orange cut into thin juliennes. This will give an edge to your Cake decoration. To make Orange Rinds, peel an orange, and then chop up thin slices of the skin. It should be long and it should be thin. Keep an orange slice in the center of your Cake. Top that with melted chocolate and do some frosting on it. Sprinkle some Orange zest and ground coffee beans over your Chocolate Orange Mocha Cake and then cut into slices and serve!
- You can use 3.5 oz of Dark unsweetened Chocolate Chips for the Chocolate
- If you are to make this with AP Flour, then use 2 cups of AP Flour, 2 tablespoon of Corn starch, and 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder in place of the Chocolate Cake Mix.