Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting sliced from above

This Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting looks simple and unassuming, but it’s light and delicious and just right for spring. Go ahead and cut yourself a piece. You’re gonna love it.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian



For the cake

  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 50 grams brown sugar
  • 125 milliliters (1/2 cup) boiling water
  • 62.5 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 75 grams sugar
  • 112.5 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

For the frosting

  • 4 ounces (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 21/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Zest and juice of half an orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 C)  and butter a 9-inch round cake pan then line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Put the cocoa powder and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl. Pour over the boiling water and carefully whisk until everything is mixed up and melty.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium high. This will take about three minutes. The butter will be light and fluffy.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. If you’re using a stand mixer, you can do this while you cream your butter. Set this bowl aside.
  5. Beat the vanilla into the butter mixture, and then beat in the egg. Turn your mixer down to low and slowly start adding the dry ingredients until everything is just incorporated.
  6. Finally, add in the cocoa mixture slowly. Give the bowl a scrape and final mix with a rubber spatula.
  7. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out the cake onto a cooling rack and remove the parchment. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. Put the butter in your mixing bowl and slowly add in the powdered sugar while your mixer is on low. After everything’s been added in, turn the mixer up to high and mix for about a minute.
  2. Zest your orange directly over the bowl so the oils that come flying off will land in your frosting. Squeeze in your orange juice and add the vanilla. Mix again on high for about a minute to combine and make everything nice and fluffy.
  3. Frost your cake in your favorite way. I decorated mine with a thin slice of orange, but you can get crazy with it.


Keywords: Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Frosting

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