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Chocolate and Orange Cake

Chocolate and Orange Cake

Orange and chocolate really unite in this fun and super tasty Chocolate and Orange Cake! Two layers of chocolate cake sandwich a light and citrus orange cake which is then layered with a creamy orange buttercream frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate and Orange Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Amanda Rettke



  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda + 1/8 teaspoon divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk + 3 tablespoons divided
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. McCormick orange extract


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk, room temperature



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line three 8" round baking pans with parchment paper, set aside.

  2. Stir together cocoa and water in small bowl until smooth, set aside. Beat together your butter, shortening, sugar, salt and vanilla in large bowl until well combined.

  3. Add eggs mixing well.
  4. Stir 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda into 1 cup buttermilk and add to butter mixture alternately with flour.
  5. (ORANGE CAKE) Measure 1 2/3 cups batter into a small bowl and stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon baking soda and 3 tablespoons buttermilk, orange peel, and orange extract.

  6. Pour into one of your prepared pans.

  7. (CHOCOLATE CAKE) Stir cocoa mixture into remaining batter and divide evenly between remaining pans.

  8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.


  1. Beat butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, orange peel and vanilla in large bowl until smooth.
  2. Add remaining powdered sugar, alternating with milk.
  3. Place one chocolate layer on cake stand or turntable and spread with some of the buttercream.
  4. Top with orange layer; spread with frosting.
  5. Top with remaining chocolate layer; frost top and sides of cake.

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