Orange liqueur cake with white chocolate ganache

15 Mar


I wish I could be paid to spend all day trawling Pinterest for delicious things to bake. I mean, I’m good at it. I enjoy it. I can and do spend hours falling down baking-related rabbit holes. But I just don’t think anyone is going to whip out the chequebook any time soon.


I found a recipe on the wonderful world of Pinterest that I used as a jumping off point for this cake. I swapped things, added things, reduced things and came up with this cake. Here is the original:

In lieu of espresso I used orange liqueur – triple sec, to be precise. This was my first foray into baking with triple sec and I was mightily impressed. I can see this cake making a regular appearance in my kitchen.

To be honest I had a big of an issue making the white chocolate ganache but I always find working with white chocolate to be fraught with issues.

I decorated mine with rose petals from my beloved rose bush – the original post on the poires au chocolat blog used sugared petals.


110g butter
60g soft brown sugar
50g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
2 ½ tablespoons orange liqueur – I used triple sec

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 160C and grease and line a 20 cm round tin with non-stick baking paper.

In bowl of electric beater cream butter and sugars together until lighter in colour, then turn off mixer and scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula.

Add eggs, one a time, then scrape down bowl again.

Fold through flour then add in vanilla and liqueur and mix until well-combined.

Scrape into tin the bake for 20-ish minutes – you may need a bit longer, depending on your oven.

Remove from oven and sit in tin for ten minutes before turning onto wire rack.

When cold ice:

Melt together 100grams white chocolate with 60 grams cream in whichever way suits you best – micro or double boiler method.

Keep an eye on it, don’t let it burn. I had to stir the heck out of mine.

When it is lump-free ice the cake then decorate with fresh petals – they need to be chemical-free so use some from your garden. Otherwise serve as is.



46 Responses to “Orange liqueur cake with white chocolate ganache”

  1. cheergerm March 15, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Very pretty and delicious sounding, chocolate can be such a bugger sometimes! Love the idea of the triple sec.

    • thehungrymum March 17, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      White chocolate and I are NOT friends. The tears I have shed over this so-called chocolate… Thanks for your kind words x

  2. emellt March 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on Zara's Hungry.

  3. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward March 15, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Simple cakes are the best. I love the orange liqueur. This reminds me very much of an Italian polenta cake spiked with gran marnier. 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 16, 2015 at 7:58 am #

      oooh – I love polenta cakes! May have to search out that recipe.

  4. FrugalHausfrau March 16, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    Wow, you’ve outdone yourself, here! Gorgeous photo, too! Rosebushes…they are so far off for us here in MN…

    • thehungrymum April 17, 2015 at 2:53 am #

      Awwwe, you’re so sweet! My rose bush is in hibernation now, looks like a sad little stick ;0

  5. vegeTARAian March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Oh lady, you make the BEST treats! Loving the pretty rose petals on top.

    • thehungrymum March 17, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Awww, ta Tara 😉 Those were pretty much the last rose petals from my tree this year.

  6. March 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    I have triple sec on hand just for a recipe like this (and Grand Mariner). Looks delicious and I like it paired with white chocolate instead of the dark 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 17, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      Well, go forth and bake 😉 I am hoping to turn some triple sec into a margarita this weekend!

  7. love in the kitchen March 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh my gosh – yes – that’s my dream job too! I’m amazing at it! Your cake is fabulous. I’ll pin it!

    • thehungrymum March 17, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      maybe we should form a company – Hungry Mum In The Kitchen: For All Your Pinterest Needs 😉

  8. Traditionally Modern Food March 17, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    Wow looks perfect

  9. Liz March 17, 2015 at 3:15 am #

    love the look of your cake–it’s fancy and sophisticated, but not frou frou or intimidatingly perfect. Looks good enough to eat 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 17, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      OMGosh Liz – that is the perfect compliment! Thanks 🙂

  10. milkteaxx March 17, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    white choc has had me shedding many tears!

  11. Jessica @ Sweet Menu March 18, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Wow delish! Just love the addition of white chocolate ganache – I am a sucker for anything with white chocolate!

    • thehungrymum March 18, 2015 at 7:47 am #

      It makes a nice change from choc ganache 🙂

  12. champagnecole March 18, 2015 at 3:10 am #

    This sounds an looks delicious. I’m always up for a boozy cake 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 18, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      Me too – boozy cakes are my fav thing 🙂

  13. Sophie33 March 18, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    What a fabulous sounding cake,..;so special too, for me! Yummm!

  14. bakearama March 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    You had me at white chocolate ganache… looks and sounds amazing!

  15. Feast Wisely March 18, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    Sometimes I’m relieved by baking skills are not my cooking strong point – this kind of cake would not last more than a day in my house!

  16. Bam's Kitchen March 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Beautiful cake. Have your read this funny saying that is going around facebook for us foodie friends. “If I ever do not want my kids to eat my snacks I just tell them there is alcohol in it and they leave me alone” Well there you go!!! We could have the whole cake to ourselves…

  17. Ada ~ More Food, Please March 22, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    This looks so delicious! I have yet to try baking anything with orange liquer…I must give this one a try! Love the combination of the triple sec with white chocolate–yum!! 😀

    • thehungrymum March 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

      This was my first whirl baking with orange liqueur – and what an into! This is going into my favs folder 😉

  18. milkandbun March 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Looks lovely and delicious! White chocolate and orange liquor is amazing thing in cakes! 😀

  19. Mama's Gotta Bake April 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    What a lovely combination of flavors in one cake, I especially love the ganache!

    • thehungrymum April 17, 2015 at 2:52 am #

      Thanks – it was a exciting to make a cake using different flavours.

  20. The Hungry Mum January 6, 2016 at 12:14 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  21. Lynz Real Cooking January 6, 2016 at 12:19 am #

    Very lovely!

  22. Sweet and Savoury Pursuits January 6, 2016 at 2:51 am #

    Sounds delicious, love the addition of orange liqueur!

  23. Heather @ Sweet Precision January 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Pinterest is one of my favorite places to look for a good dessert! Love the addition of the petals- so beautiful 🙂

  24. Allthatcooking January 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    Great cake for Valentines Day!

  25. Anna @ shenANNAgans January 8, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    Start a petition to send off to Pinterest be paid to spend all day trawling. Haha! It should totes be a thing, rather addictive sport huh?! Great cake too, you had me at liqueur. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum January 11, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      Love a lady with a plan Anna – will you sign my petition?!

  26. hotlyspiced January 9, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    That’s a great cake and I love how you decorated it with rose petals. I enjoy spending time on Pinterest too – it’s so good for inspiration xx

    • The Hungry Mum January 11, 2016 at 7:26 am #

      Thank you Charlie. I have to try to limit my time on Pinterest these days – I have lost hours on end scrolling through fun recipes 😉

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