Orange-Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Orange Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 4 eggs

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup finely shredded carrots

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 11 ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained and coarsely chopped

  • 1 recipe Orange-Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

  • cup whipping cream

  • 8 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

Orange-Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup orange marmalade


  1. Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease three* 8x1 1/2-inch or 9x1 1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with waxed paper; grease the paper. Set pans aside. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in carrots and coconut. Gently fold in chopped orange sections. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans, spreading evenly.

  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; peel off waxed paper. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.

  4. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Top with half of the Orange-Cream Cheese Filling, spreading evenly. Repeat layers. Add top cake layer. Spoon Chocolate Ganache over cake and let it drip down the sides.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. In a small saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand at room temperature until slightly thickened.

Orange-Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and orange marmalade.


If you do not have three pans, refrigerate one-third of the batter until a pan is available.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

832 Calories
50g Fat
95g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 832
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 292mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 95g 35%
Total Sugars 65g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 11.2mg 56%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 321mg 7%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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