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Orange, cranberry and white chocolate gateau


Serves: 14
timePrep time: 1 hr 45 mins
timeTotal time:
Orange, cranberry and white chocolate gateau
Recipe photograph by Kris Kirkham

Orange, cranberry and white chocolate gateau


Serves: 14
timePrep time: 1 hr 45 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
657Kcal
Fat
38gr
Saturates
23gr
Carbs
65gr
Sugars
53gr
Fibre
1gr
Protein
7gr
Salt
0.6gr

Philip Friend

Philip Friend

Maths teacher by day, baking fanatic in his spare time, Philip is one talented cook and his chocolate torte is a big favourite of ours!
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Philip Friend

Philip Friend

Maths teacher by day, baking fanatic in his spare time, Philip is one talented cook and his chocolate torte is a big favourite of ours!
See more of Philip Friend’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 x 75g pack dried cranberries
  • 4 tbsp Cointreau
For the sponges
  • 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g caster sugar
  • finely grated zest of 2 large oranges
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten
  • 225g self-raising flour
For the orange and white chocolate cream
  • finely grated zest and juice of 2 large oranges
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 350ml double cream
  • 200g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau
  • 25g icing sugar
For the frosted cranberries
  • 1 large egg white
  • 75g fresh cranberries
  • 100g caster sugar
For white chocolate and cranberry panels
  • 250g white chocolate, melted
  • 30g dried cranberries, finely chopped
for optional oven-dried orange slices
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

Step by step

Get ahead
Bake, slice and freeze the sponges a few weeks ahead. Assemble the cake with the sponges still frozen, then defrost the finished cake in the fridge before serving. Prepare the frosted cranberries up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container. Prepare the dried orange slices up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container. Soak the dried cranberries a few days ahead. Make the orange and white chocolate cream up to 2 days ahead, cover and chill.
  1. A few days ahead, place the dried cranberries and Cointreau in a small bowl, cover and leave to steep. If you haven't been able to do this in advance, very gently warm them together in a small saucepan, without bringing to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and steep for 2 hours.
  2. To make the sponges, preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease and base-line 2 deep, round 18cm cake tins with baking paper.
  3. Put the butter, caster sugar and orange zest in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon flour if the mixture looks like it might split.
  4. Beat in half the flour with the whisk, then fold in the remaining flour, using a large metal spoon.
  5. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown; the cake should be just pulling away from the sides. Remove from the oven, leave the sponges in their tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  6. To make the orange and white chocolate cream: first, put the orange zest, orange juice and sugar in a medium pan and bring to the boil. Boil for 7-8 minutes until the liquid has reduced to just 2 tablespoons and has a syrupy consistency. Pour into a small bowl and cover with clingfilm until needed.
  7. Pour 150ml of the cream into the same pan and bring it to the boil. As soon as it comes to the boil, remove from the heat. Add the white chocolate and stir until it has melted. Mix in the orange syrup and the Cointreau. Pour this orange ganache into a large bowl and leave to cool.
  8. Whisk the remaining cream with the icing sugar until it is thick and holds its shape. Fold this into the orange and white chocolate ganache, to make a light, mousse-like cream. Chill until needed. It will firm up a little as it chills.
  9. For the frosted cranberries: whisk the egg white with 2 tablespoons cold water in a medium bowl until frothy. Stir in the cranberries. Scatter the sugar onto a large plate. Lift a few cranberries at a time out from the egg white, using a fork so that the excess drips off, and roll in the sugar until they are well coated. Spread out on a tray lined with baking paper and leave to dry at room temperature for a few hours or overnight.
  10. To make chocolate and cranberry panels:

    Cut out 2 x 10cm wide x 40cm long strips of baking paper. This length makes enough to go around the cake with spares in case of breakages. They will stand a little taller than the height of the cake.
  11. Mix the melted chocolate with the cranberries and spread over the baking paper using a palette knife. Leave to cool at room temperature for the chocolate to set fully.
  12. Dip a long sharp knife in hot water and cut the chocolate into rectangles about 2-3cm wide. Keep dipping the knife into hot water as you cut the chocolate, to prevent it from shattering, and press down on the whole length of the knife for a clean edge. Store in an airtight container until needed.
  13. To make oven-dried orange slices:

    Preheat the oven to 110°C, fan 90°C, gas ¼. Lay the orange slices on a tray lined with baking paper. Dust each side with half the icing sugar.
  14. Bake for 2-3 hours until they are crisp, turning the slices over after about an hour.
  15. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  16. To assemble the cake:

    Remove the lining paper from the sponges and slice each cake in half horizontally to give 4 thin layers of sponge. Drain the cranberries; drizzle the drained liqueur over the sponges.
  17. Divide just over half of the chilled orange cream between 3 of the sponges; spread out evenly and scatter the soaked cranberries on top of each layer. Layer up on a cake board or a large flat plate, placing the fourth sponge on top.
  18. Spread the rest of the orange cream over the top and the sides of the cake.
  19. Place the white chocolate and cranberry panels around the cake, very slightly overlapping, gently pressing each against the cream to ensure they remain in place.
  20. Decorate the top with the rest of the frosted cranberries and a few dried orange slices, if using.

    Please note: this recipe contains raw egg.

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