Monday, 30 January 2017

Terry's chocolate orange traybake


Terry's chocolate orange traybake. A moist and dense chocolate-y orange-y sponge with pistachios, topped with a cheesecake buttercream and a chunk of terry's chocolate orange. These are so good.

It's really easy I promise so don't be put off by there being a lot going on. It's all simple and in easy to follow steps. I had a quick look at this basic chocolate sponge recipe before measuring things out on my own terms. I like to use mugs for measuring just because I can get the ratios roughly right much easier than with guesswork and I don't have to faff weighing out grams.

You will need:
-1 mug of self- raising flour
-1 teaspoon of baking powder
-1/2 mug caster sugar
-1/2 mug of butter
-1/2 mug dark good-quality cocoa powder
-2 eggs
-1 orange: zested and juiced
-1/2 mug of pistachios
-1 packet of Terry's chocolate orange pieces

Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients. I zested the orange before I juiced it and although it had a nice flavour; I'd recommend using two oranges and 1 egg just to make it extra orange-y.


Once everything is thoroughly mixed it it needs to be added to the baking tray.

Note: If you want to add pistachios do it now. Do not do what I did which was forget about them and then have to scatter them on top and swirl them in...


Oops.


The next step is very important and essential to the whole process: spoon licking. Definitely the best bit!

Next put your creation into the oven at around 200 degrees fan / gas mark 4-5 and cook it for about 30-40 minutes; just keep an eye on it until it looks like this:


While it cools down it's time to make the chocolate cheesecake buttercream. This is ridiculously easy. Measure equal parts of cocoa and icing sugar before combining them with full-fat soft cream cheese. It's so delicious.


The marbling is so pretty I can't decide if I regret not leaving it half-mixed or not...



I think having it either way would be lovely. Once you're happy with however you'd like it, add a good tablespoon of sea-salt flakes, it helps cut through all the sweetness.


Give it one good final mix et voila...


Before you decorate the cake with your buttercream make sure it's fully cool. I know it's really hard to wait because decorating is so fun but you have to be patient or the cake will just break into sad little pieces. I managed to cut mine into about 16 portions.

The next step is decorating: Dollop the buttercream on top; don't worry about being messy because we're covering it with chocolate orange slices and they hide the mess.


Next for the chocolate! There's enough segments in the packet to dole them out 'one for you and one for me'. I ate so many of these whilst I made this that by the end I was feeling mildly sick haha.



And, voila!

These stayed nice for about 3 days. I'd recommend keeping them in the fridge but that's more of a personal preference than anything else.

Enjoy


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  1. I will definitely be trying this! Chocolate orange is my favourite (not Terry's it's mine!)!!! Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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