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Dark Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

Makes: 10 Servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Easy Layer Pans with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In large bowl, prepare cake mix as directed on box. Mix in instant coffee and 1 1/2 teaspoons extract with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly between pans.

Step 3

Bake 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on cooling grid 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on grid.

Step 4

For ganache, combine cream and chocolate in medium microwave-safe container. Microwave at half (50%) power 1 minute; stir. Microwave on 50% power in 15-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is almost melted. Add 1/4 teaspoon orange extract and stir thoroughly until ganache is smooth.

Step 5

For icing, beat butter and shortening in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate; beat until combined. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 6

To assemble, spread 1/4 of buttercream on first cake layer. Spread 1/4 of ganache over buttercream. Repeat with remaining layers, leaving sides of cake bare.

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dark chocolate cake mx

1 box (15.25 ounces) dark chocolate cake mx

instant coffee granules

1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

water, eggs and oil to prepare cake mix

water, eggs and oil to prepare cake mix

pure orange extract

1 3/4 teaspoons pure orange extract (divided)

heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

60% dark chocolate, chopped

3 ounces 60% dark chocolate, chopped

butter, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

60% dark chocolate, melted

4 ounces 60% dark chocolate, melted

sifted confectioners' sugar

4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (about 1 pound)


3 tablespoons milk




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