Chocolate orange cake

  • Total Time

    1h 10m
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  • 1 Review

    1 star rating


This chocolate orange cake recipe created by Ruth Clemens, it truly scrumptious. This recipe is so simple, it is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. This recipe was created for the 2013 edition of The Little Book of Treats. The Little Book of Treats is produced by Macmillan Cancer Support and 100% of the proceeds go towards helping people affected by cancer.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/gas mark 4). Grease and line the base of a 20cm tin with baking paper. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the water and set to one side.

  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well until fully combined. Then add the flour and salt to the mixture and fold through until you have an even consistency.

  3. Roughly chop the whole orange into chunks by hand and then blitz in the food processor, skin (peel) and all. The consistency should be similar to a chunky marmalade. Add this to the cake batter along with the water and bicarbonate of soda, and stir.

  4. Add the chocolate and stir through to combine. Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and bake in the oven for 45–50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted.

  5. Once baked right through, remove from the oven and allow to cool fully on a wire rack. Serve and enjoy.

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  1. 1 star rating

    This cake was a disaster. Although the taste was delicious, the texture was horrid. I've never made a cake with this method and I'm certainly not convinced by it. Although it was cooked through, it turned very mushy in the mouth. Even my teenager refused to eat it which says it all, as teenagers generally eat anything!

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