Chocolate Orange Number Cake

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My elder son wanted something chocolaty for his birthday, and since he loves to eat oranges, I decided to make this Chocolate Orange Number Cake.

I think the result speaks for itself, and it tasted very good. Inbetween the layers, I sort of hid an orange sauce.

I drew and cut the template for the numbers myself. But you can find number templates online too.
If you do this yourself, try to make the numbers as thick as possible, so as to have more cake.
My backing tray is about 30 x 40 cm. (Inside dimensions) So I had about 20 x 30 cm available for each number, less the space between the digits, that was about an A4 sheet.

You can of course use letter templates or just any other shape, just a matter of optical taste.

This cake is easy to prepare. The bases can be baked a day before, so as to have them proper cold on the next day, best for cutting out.
My plan was like this:
Thursday: bake 2 sponge cakes, prepare orange sauce, prepare template for numbers.
Friday: prepare chocolate cream, cut out numbers from sponge cake, “assemble” the cake, and you are done.
Cover with plastic wrap (use toothpicks as spacers between cake and wrap) and refrigerate.
Saturday: Serve relaxed!

In this short video you can see how it was done.

Chocolate Orange Number Cake

Delicious chocolate sponge cake filled with chocolate cream and orange sauce, in the shape of numbers.

1st Sponge Cake
  • 6 eggs
  • 180 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 120 g flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
2nd Sponge Cake
  • 6 eggs
  • 180 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 120 g flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
Chocolate Cream
  • 500 g mascarpone cheese
  • 250 g curd cheese or cream cheese
  • 350 g nut-nougat-cream
  • 40 g powdered sugar
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 200 g whipping cream
Orange Sauce
  • 2 oranges
  • tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
For spreading
  • 4 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 orange
  • 2-3 kind of sweets
  • I used soft cakes (Griesson), orange fruit gums

    zebra chocolate sticks

Sponge base
  1. Beat whole eggs, sugar and salt for about 10 minutes.

  2. Mix flour and cocoa powder. Sift into the egg mixture in 2 batches and fold in.

  3. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet with baking paper and spread.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven at 200° C for 12 minutes. (Test with a tooth pick!)

  5. Leave to cool.

  6. Prepare the 2nd sponge cake base in the same way.

  1. Draw the numbers on a sheet of paper or print them out.

Orange Sauce
  1. Fillet the oranges and collect the juice. (See video)

  2. Cut the orange fillets in half.

  3. In a small saucepan, caramelize the sugar.

  4. Deglaze with ⅔ of the juice and simmer slightly so that the caramel dissolves.

  5. Stir the starch into the remaining orange juice.

  6. Pour into the pot and heat until thickened, constantly stirring.

  7. Mix in the orange fillets and leave to cool.

Chocolate Cream
  1. In a mixing bowl, briefly mix the mascarpone, curd cheese, nut-nougat cream, powdered sugar and sifted cocoa powder.

  2. Whip the cream until stiff.

  3. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cream.

  4. Fill into a piping bag with a large nozzle.

  5. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  1. Place the template with the numbers on the sponge cake and cut out with a sharp knife.

  2. Cut out the numbers again from the 2nd sponge.

  3. You can use the leftover sponge cake for other purposes. (e.g. cake pops, layer with cream and fruit in a glass, …)

  4. Place the first numbers on a suitable plate.

  5. Spread with orange marmalade.

  6. With the chocolate cream, pipe dots around the edge of the number. (Squirt tightly so that the orange sauce does not run out afterwards).

  7. In the spaces between, squirt a dot here and there.

  8. Spread the orange sauce in the spaces.

  9. Place the 2nd cake layers on top of first.

  10. Pipe dots with the chocolate cream. First the edges outside and then inside.

  11. Cut the orange into slices, quarter them and decorate.

  12. Decorate with the sweets.

  13. Place in the refrigerator.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

More sweet with chocolate and orange:
Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
Chocolate Orange Crinkles

Please do not hesitate to share your ideas with me!
Suggestions and critics are welcome.
Instagram: use #sweetandspicyde or, so I can see your creations.
Thank you!

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