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Orange Ombre Cake

Orange Ombre Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • ¼ cup thawed, frozen orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • Orange food coloring paste
  • Sweet Orange Frosting

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch of cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding ¼ cup orange juice concentrate and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Divide batter evenly between 4 bowls (about 2 ½ cups per bowl).

Set 1 bowl aside. Add dash orange food coloring to second bowl, stirring until blended. Color batters in remaining 2 bowls gradually darker shades of orange. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Sweet Orange Frosting: Beat 2 ¼ cups softened, salted butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 8 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), ½ tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Set aside 1 cup Sweet Orange Frosting in a small bowl. Divide remaining 6 cups frosting evenly among 3 bowls. Add dash of orange food coloring paste to one bowl, stirring until blended. Color remaining 2 bowls of frosting gradually darker shades of orange.

Place darkest orange cake layer on a cake stand. Spread 1 cup darkest orange frosting evenly over cake. Repeat process with cake layers and frosting, layering from darkest to lightest. Spread remaining darkest tinted orange frosting on bottom third of cake sides. Spread remaining medium tinted frosting on middle third of cake sides. Spread remaining lightest tinted frosting on top third of cake sides. Spread plain frosting on top of cake.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Citrus Mousse Cake

Citrus Mousse Cake
A great dessert for a special occasion or just to share.

 

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ¾ oz. orange flavored semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Peeled orange segments, to decorate

Filling & topping:

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 tbsp. superfine sugar
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tsp. gelatin
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch round springform cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating in well. Sift together the flour and cocoa and then fold into the creamed mixture. Fold in the melted chocolate. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth level. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until springy to the touch. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into two layers. For the filling, beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale, then beat in the orange juice. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small heatproof bowl and let it go spongy, then place over a saucepan of hot water and stir until dissolved. Stir into the egg yolk mixture. Whip the cream until holding its shape. Reserve a little for decoration and fold the remainder into the mousse. Beat the egg whites until standing in soft peaks, then fold in. Let stand in a cool place until starting to set, stirring occasionally. Place one half of the cake in the cake pan. Pour in the mousse and press the second cake half on top. Chill until set. Transfer to a plate, pipe cream on the top, and decorate with orange segments.

Serves 12

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

www.thasc.com