B-52 Cake Recipe

You’ll probably recognize this cake as the cover shot of my second cookbook, Evil Cake Overlord.

It was actually a last minute substitution for the original photo we’d planned for the cover… while our “Citrus Splendor” cake is gorgeous – and super delicious! – it just lacked the “ominous” and “evil!” look I was aiming for, for this cover.

B052 cake, on the other hand, did NOT disappoint. Look at these photos. That cake is leering at you, just daring you to make it!

B-52 cake was a favorite from my cake flavors menu back in the day, and was actually a fairly popular choice for wedding and groom cakes. It’s something that anyone can make, but it definitely involves a bit more time, effort, and dirty dishes than many of the other cake recipes on this blog, and in Evil Cake Overlord.

B52 Cake

The ambitious will be rewarded for their efforts though – this cake is stunning both to the eyes AND the mouth! Alternating layers of blood orange and mocha cake are filled with alternating layers of Irish cream buttercream and Blood Orange chocolate truffle ganache!

Give it a go… and be sure to send us pictures!


B52 Cake

B-52 Cake

3 cups Cake flour
2 1/4 cups Sugar
2 Tbsp Baking powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3 1/2 oz box Instant vanilla pudding mix
6 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Butter, melted
3/4 cup Water
2-3 tsp Blood orange essential oil
Orange food coloring, optional
1/4 cup Cocoa
3/4 cup Strong brewed coffee

1 recipe Milk chocolate whipped ganache
2 tsp Blood orange essential oil

1 batch Swiss meringue buttercream
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Liberally grease two 8″ round cake pans with vegetable shortening, and/or spray with baking spray.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs, beating just until smooth. Carefully add melted butter to the batter, mixing on medium speed until smooth. Divide batter evenly into two bowls. Add water and blood orange essential oil to one bowl, beating until well incorporated and smooth. Taste, adding more blood orange essential oil if desired. Tint orange, if desired. Add cocoa powder to second bowl, stirring until evenly distributed. Add coffee, beat once more until fully incorporated and smooth.

Divide batter among prepared cake pans, one flavor per pan. Bake until golden and knife inserted into center of batter comes out clean and cake springs back – about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before turning cakes out onto baking rack to cool fully. Ideally, allow to cool to room temperature, wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Allow cake to sit overnight.

Prepare a batch of milk chocolate whipped ganache, flavoring the whipped cream – while heating – with blood orange essential oil.

Prepare Swiss meringue buttercream, flavoring it with Bailey’s instead of the vanilla.

To assemble cake:

Remove plastic wrap from cake layers. Carefully slice the domed top off each round, leveling the surface of the cake. Carefully cut each cake in half, horizontally, for 4 thin rounds of cake in all.

Place one round of orange cake on cake plate, spread with ganache. Top with a round of mocha cake, spread with buttercream. Top with second round of orange cake. Spread with a final layer of ganache, and top with remaining layer of mocha cake. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining buttercream. Serve at room temperature.

Note: This cake gets VERY hard when chilled. Always serve cakes at room temperature! Cold cake is DRY cake.

B52 Cake

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