Orange & white chocolate sponge

Orange & white chocolate sponge

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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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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28th May, 2008
This was a perfect cake and everyone who tried it wanted the recipe. Moist and balanced and very moreish!! it got demolished :-)
19th May, 2008
Re my comments on 3rd April. I did enter this for the cake competition at my daughter's May Fayre at her school on Saturday (17th May) and I won first prize. I had loads of comments from everyone on this cake and I have now given the recipe to a few of the other mums. Thanks Good Food.
9th May, 2008
This is currently our favouite cake since making it for Mother's Day. I had enough frosting to cover the cake entirely and made the chocolate curls smaller with a few larger ones for the middle. With the curls all over it looked amazing and the 4 oranges ensured the cake was tasty enough to off-set the sweetness of the white chocolate. Even my father who doesn't go for sweet stuff, couldn't keep his hands off it. I also make cup cake versions which freeze well even when fully made up.
20th Apr, 2008
One word. Yum. Absolutely stunning to look at, even better to taste.
17th Apr, 2008
Made this for my mum's birthday as she is a white chocolate fan. Very easy, smelt fantastic and went down very well.
3rd Apr, 2008
I made this cake with my 8 year old daughter on Saturday and I was so pleased how this came out - and so easy to make as well. Instead of putting the white chocolate swirls on top, my daughter suggested that we put jelly orange segments on top instead which set the finished cake off really well (we put some round the outside and four in the middle shaped like like a flower . Will definately make again when we have a special occasion I might even make it for my daughter's school fayre in May!!!
17th Mar, 2008
This went down a storm! Would definately make again - medium eggs worked fine, thanks for the advice.
15th Mar, 2008
This is a lovely light cake that's easy to make. I did it as a single layer with the white cholcolate topping, but I also fancy trying it with a dark chocolate ganache. yumm! Grym -I always use medium eggs and haven't had any problems.
13th Mar, 2008
Looks and sounds excellent - am planning to make this for someones birthday on Saturday but not sure what size eggs to use as it's not stated in the recipe - anyone made this before and can give me the heads up? Cheers.
9th Mar, 2008
This cake is stunning. I made it for my boss' birthday and added raspberries (dropped on top of the mixture in tins just before putting in the oven). It was an outstanding hit with everyone. I am a 'chuck everything in and mix' girl but took the time to follow the recipe for once and can honestly say it was worth every minute. If you like oranges and chocolate you have to try this!


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