Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Orange Ganache

I decided to try gluten free cake mix this past weekend for the bake sale. I was pleasantly surprised by how great the cakes tasted.  I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Sponge Mix and honestly I did not taste a difference between this Gluten Free cake and any other cake I have tasted in the past.

I am not a big fan of frosting so I decided to cover the cake with an orange chocolate ganache. I would recommend this glaze for any type of cake or cupcake. This is a great way to make a boxed cake mix something special. I recommend trying this next time you are in the mood the bake.

You can find these miniature cake pans online, or make any shape cake or cupcake you desire.

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Orange Ganache 
Makes 4 Mini Tiered Cakes or 24 cupcakes

1 box of vanilla cake mix (Gluten Free optional)
Oil (amount according to box directions)
Eggs (amount according to box directions)
8 oz dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips
Zest of 1 orange
1 cup heavy cream

1. Prepare the cake mix according to instructions on the back of the box. You can make any size cake or cupcakes. Cool cakes completely on wire rack.

2. While the cakes are cooling, place heavy cream and orange zest in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat cream until bubbles form around the edge.

3. Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes. Mix until chocolate is melted and smooth. Let this mixture sit at room temperature until thickened; about 5-10 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has thickened a little, pour chocolate ganache over cakes or cupcakes. I like to do this over wax paper. Let the chocolate set on the cakes for about an hour. You may have some extra ganache.

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