Birthday Cakes and Celebrations! Orange Zest Cake and Coffee Fudge Cake

Orange Zest Cake

Recently I had someone ask me “but who makes birthday cakes for the person that always makes everyone else a cake?” The answer is the baker still makes the cake haha! It is my favorite time of year to make cakes because I can get as over the top as I want. The only person I can disappoint is myself.

Orange Zest Cake

I made two birthday cakes because my actual birthday was on a Monday and I still wanted a small slice, but we weren’t actually celebrating until the following Saturday. Technically I made three cakes. When I made the orange zest cake we had to travel to North Carolina and somehow the cake flipped during the drive before I could take any pictures. So today I made a second orange zest cake which I fully plan on enjoying after this post!

Orange Zest Cake

It is so hard for me to believe I am already 31! I don’t feel like I am in my thirties yet. My life is slowly coming together. I am finally happy with my day time job and Patrick and I are embracing the whole farm to table concept. I really want to incorporate as much fresh whole foods as possible into our diets the older we get. BUT after saying all that… it WAS my birthday week AND I do love food.

Orange Zest Cake

For both cakes I did use box mixes to keep it easy, but I added some of my own ingredients to get a real homemade taste. The first cake is a brown butter orange zest cake with vanilla orange buttercream. The second is a coffee fudge cake. It is hard to say which is my favorite. I do love chocolate, but orange cake is a birthday tradition. My mom always made them for me growing up.

Orange Zest CakeCoffee Fudge Cake

One of the BEST parts of these cakes is the sprinkles! Patrick hates sprinkles so I rarely get to use them. But today… today we are using tons of sprinkles just because I can!

Coffee Fudge Cake

Orange Zest Cake and Coffee Fudge Cake
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The first cake is a brown butter with orange zest and orange zest buttercream. The second is a coffee soaked fudge cake with a coffee fudge butter cream.
Ingredients
  • Orange Zest Cake
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • ⅓ cup of vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ cup of brown butter cooled
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 tsp of orange zest
  • 2 tbsp of juice from an orange or 1 tsp of orange extract
  • Orange Butter Cream
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk or cream
  • 2 tsp of orange zest
  • 2 tbsp of orange juice or 1 tsp of orange extract
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • Coffee Fudge Cake
  • 1 box of devils food cake
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • ⅓ cup of vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup of butter milk
  • 1 cup of strong coffee cooled and divided
  • Coffee Fudge Buttercream
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup of strong coffee cooled
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Orange Zest Cake
  3. In a mixer add the vanilla cake mix, the eggs, oil and milk.
  4. Mix on low and add in the orange zest and juice (or extract).
  5. Pour in the brown butter last and mix on medium 1-2 minutes until all the dry mix is incorporated.
  6. You can use two 8 inch pans or three 6 inch pans (I used 6 inch)
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until set and lightly browned.
  8. Let cool on the oven for 5 minutes then on a rack out of the pan until no longer warm.
  9. Wrap the layers in plastic and freeze while making the buttercream.
  10. Orange Buttercream
  11. In the mixer add the butter, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla extract.
  12. Whip the butter on medium.
  13. Turn off the mixer and pour in 2 cups of powdered sugar and a splash of coconut cream.
  14. Alternate and whip until you achieve your desired consistency.
  15. I like mine to be very light and fluffy, but if you plan on doing a lot of decorating add in enough powdered sugar for a firmer icing.
  16. Remove the cake layers from the freezer and frost!
  17. I used different Wilton drop flower tips to achieve different style flowers.
  18. Coffee Fudge Cake
  19. Mix the cake ingredients until the dry mix is incorporated.
  20. Bake until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  21. About 25 minutes.
  22. Let cool on the oven for 5 minutes then let cool on a rack out of the pans until no longer warm.
  23. Dip each layer in cool coffee very quickly.
  24. You do not want the layer to get heavy.
  25. Wrap with plastic and freeze while you make the buttercream,
  26. Coffee Fudge Buttercream
  27. Whip the butter and the cocoa powder
  28. Add in the coffee and cream together
  29. Pour in the powdered sugar and cream alternating as you mix until you get the desired consistency
  30. Again I like a very light and fluffy icing so I add all my cream and whip on medium high.
  31. Remove layers from the freezer and frost!

This has been a great birthday week with friends and I hope you enjoy these recipes! Pictures below are from our casino weekend!

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