Wilton Easy Layers Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

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by Wilton Design Team

Wilton Easy Layers Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

If a day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine, then a day without this dark chocolate orange cake is like living in a cave underground. Seriously, it’'s just that amazing. Kick your baking skills up a “ga-notch” and serve this decedent dessert to anyone who could use a little more sunshine in their lives!

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Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Easy Layer Pans with vegetable pan spray. Then, in large bowl, beat cake mix, instant coffee, water, eggs, oil, and extract with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the bottom and sides of your bowl, and then beat on medium speed for two minutes. Divide batter evenly between pans, and then bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on a cooling grid for 10 minutes, then remove the cakes from the pans and cool completely on the grid. Note: project time does not include this baking and cooling time.
  • 2
    For ganache: combine cream and chocolate in medium microwave-safe container. Microwave at half (50%) power for one minute; stir. Then microwave on 50% in 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is almost melted. Add the orange extract and stir thoroughly until ganache is smooth.
  • 3
    For icing: beat butter and shortening in large bowl with an electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate; beat until combined. Add confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • 4
    Assemble the cake: spread 1/4 of the buttercream on the top of your first cake layer, and then spread 1/4 of your ganache over the buttercream. Repeat with your remaining layers, leaving the sides of cake bare.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours

Project Supplies

  • •Wilton's Easy Layers Loaf Pan & 10" x 16" Cooling Grid, Large Bowl, Rubber or Silicone Spatula, Medium Microwave-Safe Bowl, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Vegetable Pan Spray & Toothpick
  • •1-3/4 Teaspoons Pure Orange Extract (1-1/2 Teaspoons for Cake & 1/4 Teaspoon for Ganache), 7 oz. 60% Dark Chocolate (3 oz. Chopped for Ganache & 4 oz. Melted for Icing)
  • •15.25 oz. Box of Dark Chocolate Cake Mix, 1 Tablespoon Instant Coffee Granules, Water, Eggs, Vegetable Oil (Cake)
  • •1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 Stick Softened Butter, 1/2 Cup Solid Vegetable Shortening, 4 Cups Sifted Confectioners' Sugar & 3 Tablespoons Milk (Icing)