This week gone has been a little rough for me. My grandmother who has played a big part in my life hasn’t been well. It had me a little down and as such I don’t get to post the recipe that I wanted to for mother’s day. But as the saying goes, ‘better late than never’ so here’s the recipe for my Easy Gluten Free Chocolate and Orange Cake.
When it comes to flavor combinations, one that really works well together is orange and chocolate. At first I was thinking of making an Orange Chocolate Cake (which I still think is in my future) but then I thought why not use a vanilla based cake and cover it with chocolate frosting. And that is how this Easy Gluten Free Chocolate and Orange Cake came about.
I used a simple cake base, similar to that of a 1234 cake, made a few tweaks and covered it in chocolate buttercream for deliciousness in every bite.
For this cake, as I mentioned, I used a simple 1-2-3-4 vanilla cake recipe and turned it into an orange flavored cake. A 1-2-3-4 cake gets its name from the proportioning of ingredients. 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour and 4 eggs.
Of course it needs other ingredients to complete the recipe, but it’s a pretty simple cake otherwise and easy to remember. Plus you can change things up a bit and make it your own like it did with the addition of orange juice and zest for the orange flavored cake.
Traditionally when I make this cake, I would top it with my simple vanilla buttercream, but to change things up, I decided to top it with a chocolate buttercream that paired so well with the orange in the cake. But if you aren’t a chocolate and orange fan you can simply use the vanilla buttercream and make a 1-2-3-4 orange cake.
Another thing I love about this recipe is how easy it is to turn it into cupcakes. Simply line two 12 cup cupcake pans with liners, fill them about 2/3 way and then bake until the edges are golden. You can top them with the same chocolate buttercream and have individual servings.
Although Mother’s Day has come and gone, you don’t need a day to tell you when to celebrate your mom or those special mother like figures in your life. For me, I’ll be whipping up the recipe again this weekend to share with my family. If you’re baking it too, don’t forget to tag us and share on social media.