Recently, I was asked to make a cake based on a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. What do I know about Terry’s Chocolate Orange? Well, apart from that they taste good, what I remember most are the adverts with Dawn French furtively hiding a chocolate orange while muttering “mine not Terry’s”. Most people in Australia and the UK will know Dawn from the “Vicar of Dibley“. I’m not sure if she is well known elsewhere, but suffice to say she is very funny …. and she loves chocolate, need I say more? What’s not to love about Dawn?
As you can see, from the above photos, the Terry’s Chocolate Orange is actually in the shape of an orange and when you open it up it breaks nicely into orange shaped segments. The chocolate itself is flavoured with essence of orange. So, not surprisingly, I decided to make a chocolate cake with orange flavoured buttercream. For a more adult taste, I used Grand Marnier, an orange flavoured brandy liqueur. I also made a second, smaller cake, which was an orange cake with white chocolate buttercream and white chocolate ganache.
I covered both cakes with fondant and then put them together to make a two tiered cake. Finally, I used different coloured ribbons which reflected the yellows and oranges in the chocolate wrapper around the base of each tier. I have finished off by making a gum paste flower for the top.
(Note: I only put the Terry’s Chocolate Orange on top of the cake for one photo just for fun.)
For the dark chocolate cake recipe see here.
To make Italian Buttercream see here. For the dark chocolate cake I used one quantity of buttercream and added 40ml Grand Marnier. However, this is to personal taste, start small and you can always add more.
Oh by the way, I asked my friend if she liked Terry’s cake and she replied “not Terry’s ….mine”.