Desserts & Baking

White chocolate cardamom and orange layered cake with white chocolate ganache

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30 minutes
1 hour

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  • 240 g white chocolate
  • 250 g butter
  • 270 g caster sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested, plus extra zest to garnish
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 300 g cake flour
  • 1 T ground cardamom
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Greek-style plain yoghurt
  • For the ganache:
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 250 g white chocolate, chopped
  • 50 g pistachio nuts, shelled and roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line 3 x 15 cm cake tins. Melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl over boiling water and cool until lukewarm.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy, then add the orange zest.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding 1 T flour after each egg to prevent the mixture from curdling. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Sieve the remaining flour with the cardamom and baking powder and fold into the batter.

Mix the yoghurt and orange juice and fold into the mixture. Lastly, fold in the lukewarm chocolate until well combined. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 1 hour.

Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.

To ice the cake, divide the ganache between the 3 layers, keeping a little extra aside for the top layer. Spread the ganache to cover the top of each cake. Sandwich the three layers, keeping the cake with the most ganache for the top layer. Garnish with a sprinkling of pistachio nuts and orange zest.

To make the ganache, heat the cream to just below boiling point, add the chocolate and allow to stand for 1 minute. Stir to ensure the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool and thicken before using.


Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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    Taryn De bruin
    18 April 2021

    I have made this cake many times and it’s a hit every time. I use a cream cheese icing flavored with orange zest in the middle layers to reduce the sweetness and enhance the orange flavour.

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    Melissa purves
    23 May 2016

    Is that a jam filling as well as the ganache?

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