I decided to make this Dark Chocolate Orange Cake as my Easter Dessert. To tell the truth I have made this cake a few times, and every time I did it a little different.
I thought for Easter I would fancy it up a bit by frosting this Chocolate Orange Cake with a deliciously creamy Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. The sad thing about being a food blogger or maybe not so sad thing is that you either eat something more than once or twice or you eat it 2 or 3 weeks before the actual holiday because you have to get it up on the blog.
This Chocolate Orange Cake became a personal project for me, I kept imagining it in so many different ways. It became “OK I am making this again but different, now tell me which one you like best”. To tell the truth the Italian doesn’t mind much, he really enjoyed this cake, as did the Nutella Queen.
So yes I made this Chocolate Orange Cake three different ways, the first time I made it quite simple. I dusted the finished cooled cake the way Italians like it best, with a little powdered/icing sugar. The second time we had friends for dinner so I drizzled the Cake with a delicious chocolate ganache. It went so fast there wasn’t even a crumb left to take a photo.
And this last time, since Easter is early this year I decided to bring the arrival of spring, the end of winter and the wonderful Easter holiday all together. I liked the idea of a not-so-sweet-frosting, similar to the one I made for the Vanilla Cake with Mascarpone Cream Frosting but this time with Cream Cheese and a hint of orange. I needed something simple to decorate the cake with, since decorating is not my forte. So what could be simpler then Candied Orange Peels which I discovered from the Food Network? But that part of the cake I will leave up to you, even some grated dark chocolate would work well. So whatever you choose, I wish you a Happy Easter and Enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Orange Cake
Candied Peel thanks to the Food Network.