Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cake!

A Three-Layer Chocolate Orange Cake with Terry’s Chocolate Orange Buttercream Frosting!

So… this beauty HAS HAPPENED. Yes, that’s right… this is a DELICIOUS three-layer moist and scrumptious chocolate and orange cake, with Terry’s Chocolate Orange Buttercream frosting sandwiched between. Basically, my idea of heaven in a cake. Every bite is the most delicious thing I can imagine.

My utterly delicious and favourite cake ever, my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Drip Cake, is available in my first ebook, but I wanted to make a simpler version for you guys. Also, the pure amount of requests for something like this is slightly mental. Like, I can’t cope with the requests.

This does basically look like a carbon copy of my Nutella Cake, my Lemon & Blueberry cake, my Neapolitan Cake and so on… let’s just say that my style of decorating has changed this year and I love the ‘buttercream poop’ style as my Fiancé says. I say little round dollops or similar, but he says poops. Either way, I think it looks very satisfying.

The sponges for this beauty are a Chocolate Victoria Sponge style, with a little more cocoa powder in comparison to other chocolate cakes on my blog because I wanted it to be a really deep flavour. This deep flavour contrasts SO well with the Orange Zest and makes it such a wonderful flavour! Orange Extract is a good alternative if you don’t want to use fresh oranges, use two teaspoons worth!

The Terry’s Chocolate Orange Buttercream is a bit of an odd one because its utterly delightful, but can be damn difficult to make sometimes. If you use a Milk Terry’s Chocolate Orange, it can work, but it’s much more likely to split in comparison to the Dark Terry’s. The thing about using the Dark Terry’s is by the time you’ve put it in the buttercream, it tastes like you’ve used the Milk Terry’s anyway!

I would completely and wholeheartedly recommend using the DARK Terry’s Chocolate Orange, or use plain Dark Chocolate Orange and a good quality Orange Extract. For all those people who are going to whine and moan that they don’t like Dark chocolate… give me a break. Trust me, it tastes AMAZING once in the Buttercream Frosting.

Recently, as most people in the UK will know, Tesco was doing a sale on Terry’s Chocolate Orange at 75p each which is practically unheard of… so I invested in quite a few. TWENTY FIVE of the beauties to be precise, but as I say, it was an investment. I figured as its coming up to Christmas, I would get through a fair few of them!

I do have FIFTEEN or so Terry’s Chocolate Orange recipes on here already, which might seem a smidge over the top. However, my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake, my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cookies, and my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Tart are genuinely all some of my favourites. All in the top ten recipes on my blog!

I would say that maybe the photos on this page aren’t my favourites, but you can see the pure Terry’s Chocolate Orange joy in the photos with the insane amount of segments on top. I realise having 21 segments on top of a cake is a bit much, but I thought it made it look funky! Plus, more than one segment per slice then.

I love this cake best on the day its made, but later on, its nice to microwave a slice for 10-15 seconds and have it slightly warm. Or, to keep it fresh and moist for longer, you can even add an Orange Drizzle on top! Use the Juice of 2 Oranges, and 75g of Caster Sugar mixed together and drizzled between the three sponges!

Terry's Chocolate Orange Cake!
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

A Three-Layer Chocolate Orange Cake with Terry's Chocolate Orange Buttercream Frosting!

Course: Cake
Cuisine: Layer Cake
Keyword: Chocolate, Terry's
Servings: 15 Slices
Calories: 564 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
For the Cake!
  • 400 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 400 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 325 g Self Raising Flour
  • 75 g Cocoa Powder
  • 8 Medium Eggs
  • Zest of 2 Oranges
For the Frosting!
  • 350 g Unsalted Butter (not stork)
  • 700 g Icing Sugar
  • 250 g DARK Terry's Chocolate Orange
For the Decoration!
  • Terry's Chocolate Orange
  • Sprinkles
For the Cake!
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line three 8"/20cm cake tins with parchment paper. Leave to the side for now!

  2. Beat your Butter and Sugar together until light and fluffy!

  3. Add in the Flour, Cocoa Powder, Eggs, and Orange Zest and beat until smooth!

  4. Split evenly between the three tins, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

  5. Check its cooked by using a skewer, it should be clean! Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, and then on a wire rack to cool fully.

For the Frosting!
  1. Make sure your Unsalted Butter is at room temperature. 

  2. Beat the butter until its smooth and supple, and gradually add in your icing sugar. 

  3. Whilst doing this, melt your DARK Terry's Chocolate Orange carefully until smooth! 

  4. Beat the Butter and Icing Sugar for a few minutes until its really lovely and smooth.

  5. Add in your melted Dark Terry's Chocolate Orange and beat again. If the mix is a bit hard, or way too thick, add in 1-2tbsp of boiling water. Don't do this straight away, make sure you beat the buttercream first as it might not need it.

  6. Once all together, don't beat for too long or it might split.

For the Decoration!
  1. Get your first layer of cake, and pipe little dollops of Buttercream onto it. I do this with a large round nozzle, piping directly downwards! 

  2. Do this all over, and then add the second layer, and repeat. Add the third layer of cake, and pipe the rest of the Buttercream on top! I do it all over, then add another ring to sandwich the Slices between.

  3. I put 21 segments on top and alternated two Milk Chocolate slices and one Dark Chocolate slice all the way around to use up the rest of the second Dark Terry's Chocolate Orange, but you can do what you want. 

  4. Sprinkle over your fave sprinkles, and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes
  • The Dark Terry's Chocolate Orange is much better to use for the Buttercream compared to the Milk!
  • As mentioned in my Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, normal Milk Terry's is more likely to split in buttercream.
  • If you can't find Dark Chocolate Orange, use 250g of Dark Chocolate and 2tsp Orange Extract instead!
  • Decoration wise, you can use Milk, or Dark, or anything else Chocolate Orange themed like Lindt!
  • You can make a smaller version of this cake using 
    • 300g Butter, 300g Sugar, 250g Self Flour, 50g Cocoa Powder, 6 Medium Eggs and baking for 30-35 minutes in to 8"tins. 
  • This cake will last for 3 days at room temperature!
Nutrition Facts
Terry's Chocolate Orange Cake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 194mg65%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 177mg5%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 71g79%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1375IU28%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Hi Jane,
    I’m making this for my son’s birthday party. What kind of container do you use to store it? Last time I trialled it I had to cut it up to fit it into what I had at home. I’m really struggling to find anything that will fit!
    Thank you

  2. Hi Jane!
    I hope you are well. Thank you for sharing! Love all your recipes. I was just wondering, which sugar did you use for this cake? Is it brown cane sugar or packed?

    Thank you!

  3. Hi, can you please advise if I do the cake in 2 x 9 inch tins, what ratio of ingredients shall I use? Thanks in advance! X

    1. Technically for a straight increase from an 8″ to a 9″ you use 1.3x the recipe, but that’s for three layers, so theoretically you can leave the recipe as is, and just bake it into the 2x 9″ tins, but obviously, it wouldn’t be as high, and the timings might be slightly different x

  4. I am planning on making this cake using the smaller quantities, to have 2 sponges rather than 3.
    What quantities would you use for the frosting for 2 sponges?

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