Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

30 Oct 2014

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

It's Halloween tomorrow! Are you PUMPED?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

I guess I'm used to talking to groups of young children. For some reason, I'm just not feeling the Halloween vibe this year. Sure I have made some black cat cookies and some spiderweb cupcakes, but that was weeks ago. I need something new to rekindle my Halloween spirit.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

This totally satisfied both my craving for a Halloween treat, and my sweet tooth craving. Which, if you have been following my blog for even a little bit, will know that my sweet tooth is constantly screaming at me to be satisfied.

Seems like I give in easily to a good screaming session. Which is why it is lucky I don't have kids.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

And not only is this cake festive, it is chocolate too!!

I can't lie: I am a huge fan of chocolate. When I went to England, I came back with a shopping bag bulging with chocolate. Chocolate is so cheap there, it would be a crime not to buy a whole bag full. In fact, it may have been a crime not to buy more.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

Speaking of my chocolate addiction, I was once challenged to not eat chocolate for 3 days. For a normal person, that would be the easiest thing in the world. But for me... let's just say I had to repeat that challenge over and over again.

So this cake was inevitable. I think I have made more chocolate cake than all other kinds of cake combined.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

This cake was awesome. This week has been my experiments in whole wheat baking, and I must say, there has not been a baked good that I didn't like. The cake is not too sweet, but the frosting is there to add a bit of sweetness and festivity for those who need it.

Can we make chocolate cake a thing for Halloween? I think it should be the dessert for Halloween. Anyone with me?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

So if you aren't busy shoveling down chocolate and candies, I hope you can find time to bake a couple of fun Halloween themed treats. Tis the season, right?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Orange Frosting
printable recipe

What you'll need: Cake:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • orange icing color (I mixed yellow and red gel icing color)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the milk and the vinegar. Set aside to "sour".
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, scraping the sides of the bowl. 
  4. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until fully combined.
  5. Add the water to the "soured" milk.
  6. Slowly alternate between mixing in the the dry ingredients and the milk ingredients to the butter mixture until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool completely.
  9. Beat the frosting ingredients together and frost cooled cake.

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  1. This should be the dessert for any occasion! Love chocolate cake and love that orange frosting!

  2. Did you say chocolate is cheap in England? Oh boy! I can't wait to go there. I m gg for vacation there next Mth and I will buy loads of them. I m a big fan of choc too! Love the texture if yr cake!

  3. For sure a perfect holiday sweet treat! I love this is made with 100% wholewheat.

  4. Looks delicious and festive! :) love that it is 100% whole wheat!

  5. Looks moist and delicious and so Halloween! Love it.

  6. That orange frosting is so festive, I would definitely be spooning that ish :D
    Love the chocolate cake, it looks gorgeous!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Mmm, Cathleeeeeen - I'm with you, chocolate cake is the new Halloween thing, as long as it features orange in some shape or form!
    I love how you added a bit of cinnamon to the batter as well as cocoa by the way, s'usually how I have my cappuccino - dusted lightly with cinnamon, and heavily with chocolate afterwards ^ ^

    This care looks divine! And I like how you're doing wholewheat recipes now :) I have had some mixed experiences when using it in sweet bakes, but it seems like you nail it every time :D x

  8. That looks wonderful! Love that it is whole wheat, too. :) Also, your new blog design is fabulous, so clean and pretty :D

  9. This looks amazing, and so cute for Halloween!! Love that it's whole wheat too!


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