Not-At-All-Red Orange Velvet Cake 

My boyfriend loves red velvet cake.  I’d never had red velvet before I met him, so for his last birthday I thought I’d make him on. Unfortunately that didn’t happen because Sainsbury’s (a supermarket here in the U.K.) ‘taste the difference’ vanilla extract looks remarkably similar to their orange extract… can you see where this is going. Anyway, I had a little panic, and had some actual oranges to hand and decided to just go with it and hope for the best… turns out, it’s bloody lovely (if I do say so myself!). So here is the recipe to my not-at-all-red orange velvet cake with orange cream cheese frosting!


  • 250g butter
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 375g plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange essence/ extract
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between
  3. Add the cocoa powder
  4. Slowly add the flour and the buttermilk
  5. Add the orange extract and a pinch of salt
  6. Mix the bicarbonate and the vinegar and stir carefully into the mixture (be careful not to over mix)
  7. Divide the batter into round tins and bake for 25 minutes

For the icing

  • 100g icon sugar
  • 100g butter
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 200g full fat cheese (full fat cheese is key if you want the frosting to set!)
  1. Beat together the icing sugar and the butter
  2. Add the cream cheese and the orange zest
  3. Beat with an electric whisk until light and transfer to a fridge to help set

Then, just assemble the cake!

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