Chocolate Orange Disaster Cake – Clandestine Cakealong

baileys orange truffle buttercream

This cake was no disaster, I’m telling you! The story behind this being a disaster cake is that Rachel dropped it on her way to her Clandestine Cake Club. I cannot tell you how many times over the years, I have been struggling under the weight of an enormous wedding cake and someone has joked about not dropping it. Happy to say, I’ve never dropped one …yet!

I did amend this recipe as Rachel’s original had an alcoholic buttercream with it – Much as I love my orange flavoured liquors, they are not that suitable with 3 kids in the house. I reverted to my trusty choc orange buttercream recipe and it went perfectly – Recipe below. Just to wind Dermot up, I also included some slices of Popping Candy Terry’s chocolate orange too. (I completely forgot it was popping candy and gave Tara a slice this morning – you should have seen her face!)

chocolate orange sponge cake

Chocolate Orange Disaster Cake – Clandestine Cakealong

Chocolate Orange Disaster Cake – Clandestine Cakealong


  • 125g Milk chocolate
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 100g Butter/Dairy Spread
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 250-300g Icing Sugar - Amounts depends on how stiff you like your buttercream
  • 2 tbsp Balieys Orange Truffle or 2 tsp Orange Extract if you want non-alcoholic


  1. Melt the chocolate and the water in the microwave until just melted and allow to cool
  2. When still quite warm, thoroughly mix the butter into the chocolate - I did this by hand with a knife
  3. Alternate adding a splash of the milk and the icing sugar and mix together until thoroughly combined
  4. Add the Baileys or the Orange Extract
  5. There should be enough mixture to spread in-between 2x8" cakes and all over the top and sides.

Thank you very much to Stork for the free sample. I used it to make this recipe and it worked just great!

I’m back on track now with the Clandestine Cakealong – I think we’ll go with Lynn Hill’s Light Stem Ginger Cake for our next bake. Linky for your Chocolate Orange Disasters will remain open until Wed 20th November. Ginger Cake will be up Thurs 21st Nov.

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I’m joining in this week with Emily from A Mummy Too and her fabulous Recipe of the Week link – Its the place to go to for brand new recipes – Let’s face it, at this time of the year, we need a little inspiration!

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  1. says

    Sounds really, really wonderful. What a great idea using Orange Truffle Baileys *drools* Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned this and there’s a fresh linky live now. Hope to see you there 😀

  2. says

    Finally got round to making this cake as my brother stole my beloved clandestine cake book and it took me a while to get my book back from him. I did not have any grand marnier so I added a generous squeeze of orange juice to the icing and I think it tastes very yummy.

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