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My 27th birthday cake… a Terry’s chocolate orange extravaganza! 

Its my birthday!

So, today is my 27th birthday! This blog post is scheduled, and was a bit of a last minute addition to my schedule, so don’t worry… I’m not working on my birthday! I made this cake a couple days ago and edited the photos and post quickly! 

I decided this year to go for a Terry’s chocolate orange themed cake, as why would I not! I was going to go for a birthday of a blowout chocolate cake again like my 25th Birthday Cake, but I changed my mind halfway through! 


The cake itself is basically the same as my Terry’s chocolate orange cake! The only difference is that I made the cake to be four sponges rather than three (500g mix, with 10 medium eggs), and I used a ganache for the outside! 


For the ganache, I did a milk Terry’s chocolate orange ganache, which is a ratio of 2:1 chocolate:cream. The instructions and ideas are the same as my biscoff drip cake, so follow that for a method!

The Terry’s ganache is the same as a regular milk chocolate ganache, but I find it can melt and be reasonably thin, so you have to wait a bit longer! Alternatively, if you want to speed up the process slightly, you can whip the ganache up after chilling it for a while, and it makes it a lovely mousse texture to work with, but still sets just as hard! As this was such a lovely texture, I also used it to pipe the swirls on top! 


For the decoration, I used some gorgeous sprinkles from Iced Jems, as you all know I adore them. The smaller bronze, ruby and gold sprinkles are cute and easier to use more of them, and then I added on a few of the larger bronze, ruby and gold sprinkles to give more of a dimension! 

I also used my favourite bronze crunch sprinkles from Waitrose that I have used on probably half the bakes on this blog… my bad… and then also some Terry’s segments! It probably is a bit of an understated birthday cake in comparison to other cakes I’ve had… but I love it!

Finishing touches

The Happy Birthday cake topper definitely does finish the cake off, and I just love it. The rose gold cake board was also a must, as I just love rose gold. I realise I have said that a few times now, but I love this cake! Make sure to check out my Terry’s chocolate orange cake for the cake recipe, the Biscoff drip cake for tips on the ganache, and if you have a go, enjoy! 


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  1. Ellie Watts on January 5, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Hello, I’m just about to make this cake but was just wondering the amounts of ingredients for the buttercream I should use if I’m wanting it to cover a two tier cake between the layers, the sides and on the top along with piping decoration and a crumb coat? Thank you!

  2. Nikki on August 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Jane. This cake sounds delicious and hoping to make it for my 50th birthday. Please can you clarify ingredients and quantities for the ganache and also the choc dripping. Much appreciated

  3. Lucinda on August 16, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Hello, I’m about to make this cake now, could you clarify how much ingredients to use to make a 4 tier, as you put 500g and ten eggs but is that all ingredients at 500g inc butter and flour??

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      It’s 500g eggs, 500g sugar, 500g butter etc.. x

  4. Alex on July 26, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Hey, I’m attempting to make this cake for my sons 1st birthday.
    Would anyone be able to help me adapt the ingredients to make a 10inch cake please ?

  5. tilly on June 20, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    The cake looks lovely ! I wondering what buttercream recipe you used ? x

  6. tilly on June 20, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Hi Jane, the cake looks amazing ! I was wondering what chocolate butter cream recipe did you use ? xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 28, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Hiya, it is just a basic chocolate buttercream x

  7. Holly on January 27, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Hi Jane, I have a quick question about the drip. Could I add orange essence to the dark chocolate as I cant get Terry’s dark chocolate orange?

  8. Tracey on January 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    I am unable to get Terry’s Dark chocolate orange – can I use other dark orange chocolate instead?

  9. sylwia hardwick on October 28, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Hi Jane

    did you use the same amount of ganache and buttercream like in biscoff cake recipe? I’m making this cake tomorrow and just wonder how much I need to buy, thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 28, 2020 at 9:43 am

      The amount is more similar to my 28th birthday cake post from the other day, but the biscoff one should be fine!

  10. Beth on October 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Jane! Lovey cake, so delicious as always! I made this a week or so ago and had to cover it in buttercream because the ganache came out a really dark colour? I’m sure I used the same method as the biscoff cake as you’ve stated but with Terry’s choc…do you know some reasons why this would happen? I must not of used enough cream as I assume this is what makes the ganache lovely and light in colour?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      Photos and your kitchen environment aren’t necessarily the best comparison because of how photos are edited and lighting, but the colour really doesn’t matter as long as the ganache has worked. What type of chocolate did you use because the Biscoff ganache is for white chocolate and ratios are different for different types of chocolate x

    • Lucy Jordan on December 24, 2020 at 9:38 am

      I’ve just made the ganache and it’s really dark just 2:1 Terry’s choc orange: to double cream (300g to 150g)
      I’m going to whip it and see if it lightens/changed colour a bit as I was going to do a milk chocolate drip but won’t bother if the colours too similar (no dark choc in)

  11. Sarah on October 18, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Hi Jane, I LOVE your site and have made so many of your recipes so excited to try this one. I got confused when getting ingredients and stupidly got white choc instead of enough choc orange for the ganache (looked at the biscotti recipe). Would a mix of milk and dark choc orange work? If i did 2 milk and 1 dark, how much cream would.i need? I get so confused with quantities and I am making it for my dad’s bday so want it to be right. Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 20, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Yes it would! So 300g milk, 150g dark, with 300ml cream! x

  12. Khayla on September 28, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    how did you do the drip? did you use chocolate spread, bit like you did in the biscoff drip cake?

    • Khayla on September 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      also, how did you do the buttercream?

  13. Jess on August 14, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Can you use the buttercream for the outside or does it have to be ganache? If so how do you make it I can only see how to make the drip ganache. I’m terribly confused sorry! 😂

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      You can use buttercream if you fancy, but what I did for the ganache outside is mentioned on the post – it links to my biscoff drip cake for the method x

  14. Paige on June 21, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    This might be a silly question, but for the icing, did you use buttercream and ganache? I understand that the drips are ganache, but not sure if you used it for the lighter brown icing too. Going by the biscoff recipe you used buttercream icing followed by ganache but the mini egg one was just buttercream. Would it make a difference or can you do it either way? Hope that all makes sense! Absolutely love your cakes! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 22, 2020 at 9:08 am

      This cake is filled with buttercream and covered with ganache (like the biscoff one!) x

  15. Helen on June 18, 2020 at 8:05 am

    This looks incredible!
    Just wondering did you cover in buttercream and then drip, or also cover in ganache before dripping?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Hey! I crumb coated in buttercream, then its covered in a ganache (different ganache to the drip!)

  16. Helen on June 17, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Did you crumb coat with buttercream then cover in ganache, and then drip chocolate down

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      I crumb coated in buttercream, then its covered in a ganache (different ganache to the drip!)

  17. Hannah on June 15, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Jane! We made this yesterday for my nan’s birthday and it was just heavenly – rave reviews all around! She was so impressed by it even though my mum’s piping skills aren’t quite top-notch yet! It was absolutely gorgeous (like all of your recipes) and I think you’ve just become our number 1 source for birthday cake recipes!

  18. Elaine on May 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Jane

    Quick question what did you use for the drip? Did you melt dark chocolate?

    Also you crumb coat the cake with buttercream and then cover it with ganache?

    Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Hey! I used the same drip as on my Mini Egg Drip Cake – and yes, crumb coated in buttercream! x

  19. Poppy Fuller on May 22, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Hiya this cake looks amazing! Just wondering whether you used the same buttercream as you did in the chocolate orange cake recipe and whether the ganache is choco orange or dark choco? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 22, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Hiya – yes I did use the buttercream from the cake, and I used dark! x

  20. Emma on April 18, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    hi jane.. the sprinkles you used on this cake are now unavailable on the website!! i LOVE them and wanted to make the exact cake.. are you aware of anywhere else that sells these or similar?

  21. Laura on January 29, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Hello could you tell me the ingrediants for this cake please? Like on your other recipes…theres no ingrediants on this one? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      The recipes I used are linked on the post!

  22. Lainy White on January 19, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I have been asked for this cake but it needs to be gluten free, other than using alternative flour, would I need to adjust the recipe in any other way?
    Thank you. Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 19, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Yes – you will need xantham gum. Have a look at my Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Cake for tips, but obviously just pay attention to the GF bits! x

  23. Stephanie on December 11, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    How did you make the drip? Is it just dark chocolate? I cant find it after reading a few times
    Thanks, Steph x

  24. Rebecca on November 6, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday ! Could I just ask if you increase everything else to 500g, how much four and cocoa do you use? I’m going to make it for my partner’s 30th birthday this weekend!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      I used 415g of flour, and 85g of cocoa powder!

    • Katie Johnson on February 11, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      I have the same question about quantities? Did you leave the other ingredients the same quantity (butter, sugar, eggs etc)
      Thanks. I’m excited to be making this for my sons 14th Birthday next week.

  25. Sharonrose Dominique on October 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Happy Birthday, Jane..! ❤️ God Bless You Even More..

  26. Makeup By Nat on October 21, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Happy birthday 🙂 this looks delicious!!

  27. Shirley Shine on October 21, 2019 at 8:24 am

    💐Happy Birthday for yesterday💐 Your cake looks wonderful. xx

  28. Colleen on October 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Gorgeous cake and happy birthday Jane 😊

  29. SallyBR on October 20, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday! the cake is gorgeous!

  30. Lorraine Hughes on October 20, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday xx

  31. Colin on October 20, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hi Jane
    Happy Birthday
    Cake looks amazing. AGAIN!!

  32. Barbara O Doherty on October 20, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Happy Birthday Jane.hope you have an amazing day.I love your website. you have inspired me so much with your bakes.love your helpful tips and easy to read recipes.thanks so much.always look forward to your next fabulous recipe.xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 21, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Ahh thank you so much!! I’m glad you love it!!

  33. Jill Lockett on October 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Happy birthday! That looks amazing. I made your chocolate orange drip cake from your ebook for my birthday this year. It was deeeelish. Definitely give this a go for next year. X

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you!! I do loveeee that one too, I just thought I would give ganache a go this time and it was yum!!

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