Orange & white chocolate sponge

Orange & white chocolate sponge

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(113 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



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 4 egg, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    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
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

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    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

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

    White chocolate

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    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…


  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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22nd Sep, 2014
Just finished making this cake; it was very straightforward and smells very orangey (haven't had a chance to taste it yet). I used 20cm tins as suggested but found the mixture didn't fill the tins up very far and it didn't rise much either, making it quite a thin cake. If that's what you're after, then stick to the recipe amounts, if you want a bit more cake then maybe increase the amounts a bit.
13th Aug, 2014
I made this for the first time and am very pleased with the results. The cake itself is really moist with a lovely orange flavour, and the filling/topping delicious and not overly sweet. I think this will become a regular - I may also try the lime variation suggested by others.
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8th Aug, 2014
This is a super cake to impress! Very simple and, whilst it doesn't rise too much, once assembled, it looks and tastes great. I also made a variation of lime and dark chocolate and that was just as successful.
1st Jun, 2014
I've made this cake twice now and have been really happy with how it turned out. The flavour is delicious and not overly sweet. It doesn't rise as high as I would like as others have mentioned but overall it's still great. The first time I topped with candied orange peel and it looked awesome.
16th Mar, 2014
Like many of you, I found that this cake didn't rise very much. I was I little worried that it would look like a pancake on the plate. When assembled, however, it looked fine. It's not the lightest sponge in the world (maybe the almonds??) but it was moist and very tasty! The frosting is AMAZING! I will try this again but might just add zest and juice to a lighter sponge mix, then use this frosting.
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9th Mar, 2014
Really light and moist cake, I was worried the orange and white chocolate would be sickly sweet but not at all! perfect for afternoon tea :) Enjoyed by all that have had some so far
15th Feb, 2014
I followed the recipe although doubled up everything. Was lovely, a bit bitter because of the orange zest. Next time I will try the zest before putting it in, there must be different varieties. P.S. Also put some cointreau in the cream)
Karen Taylor
9th Feb, 2014
Hi, I have just made this cake for the first time. I found as so many of you, have already found, it didn't rise much. I followed the instructions carefully. The Creme Frache also took quite a long time to thicken , but saying that it's a very tasty cake and will make again. I think I might try the all in the bowl method instead of separating the eggs and might double up on amounts of everything.
8th Feb, 2014
I made this cake for our work cake club. It went down amazingly well even though I thought it was tasteless but I was starting with a cold so maybe it was just that. The only thing I found was that 30 minutes was too long in the oven, I'd try 25 next time but again that might just be my oven.
10th Jan, 2014
Very, very tasty! First made it for my husband's birthday several and now it's his birthday cake. He asks me to make it every year!


24th Jan, 2016
Why does this recipe come up in the listing when you search for 'Fish cakes' ?
29th Apr, 2015
I would like to replace the creme fraiche in the icing with a half fat version but would this stop it thickening when I whip it?
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12th May, 2015
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes you're absolutely right, you're best not to use the half fat version as it won't thicken. 
24th May, 2014
Hi, I'm looking for a plain white chocolate sponge cake could i omit the orange out of this cake? As all the other white chocolate cakes seem to be poorly rated :/
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20th Nov, 2014
Yes you could leave out the orange, add a splash of milk if the cake batter looks a bit thick instead of the orange juice.
17th Dec, 2013
Where should this cake be stored?? Fridge?
17th Dec, 2013
Is it best to store this cake in the fridge or in a cool dry place? I have just made it and I am not sure where to keep it.....
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18th Dec, 2013
Hi there, either is fine, although if you're keeping it in the fridge we would suggest getting it out half an hour to an hour before serving to eat at room temperature.


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