My Chocolate-orange Birthday Cake

 

Happy birthday to me! Today is my birthday! We're invited to a dinner party and I offered to bring dessert. (Don't be horrified. Most of my friends don't bake, or if they do, they use a mix. I love to bake, and I'm kind of a snob about it. This was fun for me.) Cake and ice cream--what else? This is a single-layer, rich dark chocolate cake that I adapted from Gourmet--I increased the chocolate, and added the orange. It's covered with ganache and sprinkles! The cake is really sophisticated and the sprinkles add a bit of fun.

What you will need

FOR THE CAKE

1 cup all purpose flour

2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon powdered espresso

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 ounces butter (1 stick), room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange zest

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

3/4 cup whole milk

FOR THE GANACHE

1/4 cup heavy cream

4 ounces best quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

sprinkles for decorating

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