Orange & white chocolate sponge

Orange & white chocolate sponge

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(106 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins

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Cuts into 10 slices
A stunning cake that will fast become a failsafe option for any event

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal567
  • fat40g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • finely grated zest 4 orange and juice of 1



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  • 4 egg, separated



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  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 100g ground almond

For the icing

  • 200g white chocolate
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 100g white chocolate, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter two 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the softened butter and orange zest. Beat for 1 min or so until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolks. Sift the flour and baking powder over the cake mixture and fold in lightly. Finally, fold in the almonds and orange juice. Whisk the egg whites until they just hold their shape. Fold one-third of the egg white into the cake mix, using the whisk. Repeat with another third, then the final third. Take care not to over-mix or you will lose the lightness of the egg whites.

  2. Divide the cake mix between the prepared tins and bake for 30-35 mins. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool.

  3. To make the icing, melt the chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring every 30 secs, then leave to cool. Whip the crème fraîche until thick, then fold in the white chocolate. Set one cake on a serving plate or cake stand. Spoon half the icing onto the cake and top with the other cake. Spread with the rest of the icing, then allow to set in the fridge for at least 1 hr.

  4. If you want to make the decorative curls, melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water or in a microwave and spread thinly over a baking tray. Leave the tray in the fridge for the chocolate to harden a bit, then use a fish slice or angled knife blade to scrape chocolate curls. Pile the curls in the middle of the cake and serve cut into slices.

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Comments (150)

radi723's picture

This cake is delicious!
It's easy to make and everybody loves it. I decorated my cake with orange filets and it looked really nice. I entered the cake in a baking competition and won!

helbeluk's picture

This was my first ever sponge and it came out perfect! I only used 3 oranges in total and added a dash of lemon juice to make it more citrusy and let the icing set in fridge overnight. It did take up a lot of bowls and utensils but I would certainly make it again. Made it for a cake contest at work and it won! Maybe the huge amounts of butter and white chocolate account for it being nice, so not one for calorie counters but a lovely treat!

katydo's picture

Fabulous recipe, one of the best cakes I've tasted. I wonder if anybody could tell me is the cake suitable for freezing before frosting?

emmafrost's picture

Delicious! I don't often make things twice but I'll be making this again and again. My new favourite cake.

kydhol's picture

AMAZING CAKE - so moist, wonderful flavour. I made a white chocolate cream cheese frosting instead - AMAZING TOGETHER

weesypeesy's picture

this cake is fab. its a really nice orange flavour and the white chocolate is really subtle but delicious. its quite easy to make and tastes so lovely. i also used the same receipe and made it into cupcakes, which were also lovely. will def be making these again.

ellicopter's picture

Wonderful! Really lovely flavours and a lovely light moist cake! Forgot to take my whisk to uni this term so had to whisk the eggs with a fork, but all the effort really paid off and I definitely earned another slice, or 5!

tyson3210's picture

I made this cake with my daughters and we found it fairly straight forward to do.

It looked fantastic once it was finished, smelt great and was refreshing and light.

Friends and family soon polished it off and I keep getting asked 'When are you making another one?'.

We will definitely be making again soon.

catherine-j's picture

This turned out as one of the nicest cakes I've ever made, so moist and light! I was a bit nervous because of all the comments about it not rising but mine rose beautifully! I made a couple of changes so perhaps that was why: they had run out of ground almonds in morrisons so I just replaced it with more self raising flour. I also folded the egg whites in gently rather than whisking them in as I'm sure this is what every other recipe ever has told me to do.My white chocolate curls didn't turn out quite as well as the picture, more like little flakes but they still looked quite good on the cake I thought. Would thoroughly recommend and will definitely be making again!

lynnethomson's picture

I made this cake for a friends birthday and it was a big hit with everyone. The sponge came out really moist and delicious and the icing was yummy. I'm not a fan of creme fraiche so I used a tub of mascarpone instead to make the icing. Turned out fab! Will definitely be making this one again.

abisnail's picture

Made as a birthday cake and got top marks from everyone. Just don't add the melted white chocolate into cold creme fraiche as it goes lumpy. Still tastes good though!

cocojo's picture

A perfect birthday cake! Very moist and delicious!

mazumdr's picture

This is a truly scrumptious and 'do-able' recipe. I increased the ingredients and made a 3 layer cake for my friend's birthday. To this day they still think I bought it, they thought the taste and look was too professional to be home-cooked. I decorated with crushed crystallised Rose petals which made a pretty contrast against the White icing. I would recommend increasing the quantity of icing to cover the whole cake for a spectacular cake.

mariab2's picture

Icing is really lovely, the sponge has good flavours but I found it didn't rise very well though and was moist almost to the point of being soggy. I now prefer to use a plain sponge flavoured with orange zest, and the icing as above, which is delicious.

shardie40's picture

I have now made this cake on several occasions and everyone loves it!

freshcream's picture

ive just made this for my daughter's birthday - i made two 6" cakes which i will fill with strawberries and cream, and the remaining batter i made 6 cupcakes with - while these were still warm i inserted a few white choc buttons into them, and we all ate the cupcakes as the buttons melted. the taste was very nice, i liked it hot without any cream or other addition to be honest - just a simple orange cake, though a bit dense and "puddingy".
instead of juice from an orange i just added tropicana to taste (the more the better i say!) and left out the zest altogether (laziness). it was fine, more of a teatime cake i think, served hot and fresh out of the oven. However, once i've eaten my daughter's bday cake, i'll rate this recipe as the flavour will have developed even more by then!

erica79's picture

This is a fantastic cake, full of flavour and excellent texture . The creme fraiche chocolate combo is a winner. I will definately make this again. With regards to the comments about it not rising a great deal, I did think it would rise a little more, but when I built it together it was the perfect size.

pandapop84's picture

I honestly think this is the best cake I've ever tasted! Nice and light for those who don't like heavy cakes but sweet enough to satisfy. Superb!

topsfizz's picture

I made this cake last night, didn't add the almonds but it turned out great. It didn't last 10 minutes in my office today. They are great guinea pigs. Will definitely make this again.

misshannah22's picture

I've just made this cake as instructed and it came out very flat. Last time I made this cake I didn't seperate the egg yolks and it came out fine. Last time I made the icing too runny, didn't read the receipe properly and put in too much creme fraiche. Just about to make the icing for my 'flat' cake, I'm going to half the ingredients as the cake didn't raise properly. Fingers crossed!


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