As I got up this morning, I wanted to bake something special this day, and since chocolate is so synonymous with Valentine’s day it had to be so.

I honestly am not a chocolate person when it comes to anything but a dense dark slab of chocolate.  I have no explanation to this strange behavior but it is.  People find it strange that someone like me who swoons at the mere mention of a dark chocolate slab isint a fan of a chocolate cake, or even a dark chocolate ice-cream.  I have tried it all. I have tried eating dense chocolate cakes that are gooey and rich, but the mere smell puts me off and I cant have more than one slice at the most.  I have even gone with rich dark chocolate ice creams, but even they dont entice me.

Is there anybody else who suffers from this multiple personality disorder?

So I put aside myself and made something that everybody would love to eat.

The unorganized human that I am, after running twice to the supermarket, I got hold of all the ingredients that I didnt have in my store (thank God the supermarket is just downstairs and I have to just use the lift!) I set out to make this cake.  I usually dont frost, because of the unaffordable addition of calories, but it was a special day, and the cake had to be frosted.

I had some oranges lying in the fruit basket and some white chocolate chips in the fridge so I thought of making a white chocolate and orange frosting, but happily managed to burn the white chocolate.  Oh what a waste – besides the fact that I hate milk chocolate, I love, and absolutely love, white chocolate – the secret is simple – its butter and who can hate butter.  I love butter.

See on valentine’s  I am giving away a list of things I love.

I was given a whole batch of essences by Epicurious before they launched into the Dar market.  I must say they have a great range of products and its worth buying them. Epicurious Essences are Cocoa, Orange, Vanilla, Cinnamon along with best quality cocoa powder and vanilla pods.

Thank you Epicurious for the samples and I am sure to put up more recipes using them.

So here’s the recipe for what finally came out of my baking endeavour.

chocolate cake with orange chocolate buttercream frosting


For the cake

1 and 3/4 cups  all purpose flour

1.5 tspn baking powder

.5 tspn baking soda

2 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Bournville since I believe that the best ingredients give you great outcome)

2 eggs

.5 cup vegtable oil

1 cup coffee (1 cup water and 1 tbspn coffee powder)

For the frosting

.5 cup butter

1 cup icing sugar

.5 cup cocoa powder

1 tspn Epicurious Orange Essence



For the cake

In a pan mix the dry ingredients  – flour, baking powder and soda, cocoa powder and sugar

In a pan beat the wet ingredients – oil, eggs, vanilla essence coffee

Now mix the dry into the wet.

Pour into a lined pan and bake at 160 deg cel for about 45 minutes

It couldnt have been simpler – could it?

For the frosting

Beat the  butter till light and creamy

Add the sugar and beat

Add the cocoa powder and essence till light and fluffy


Let the cake cool down and then frost.

Notes –

I used a big pan and therefore my cake was thin and I didnt want to frost in the middle  It also saved the calories one consumed in each serving.

I used a good quality essence in the frosting therefore I didnt use orange rind.  If you are using anything less please use orange rind to get that nice flavour.

This is a dense cake so its important to line the baking tin

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