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15Total Time
25Prep Time
40Bake Time
A little effort

Chocolate orange heart cake

About the bake

This moist chocolate and zesty orange cake is beautifully indulgent and fantastic to be baked especially for a loved one and shared on Valentine's day.

15Total Time
25Prep Time
40Bake Time
A little effort


  1. Step 1:

    Beat together the oil, yoghurt, marmalade, sugar and eggs in a large bowl.

  2. Step 2:

    Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the cake mixture.

  3. Step 3:

    Spoon into a greased lined 15cm heart shaped or round deep cake tin.

  4. Step 4:

    Bake for 30-40 minutes 170°C (150 °C, gas mark 3).

  5. Step 5:

    Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to become cold.

  6. Step 6:

    Bring the cream to the boil in a pan.

  7. Step 7:

    Add the chocolate and remove from the heat.

  8. Step 8:

    Stir until smooth and cool for 5 minutes.

  9. Step 9:

    Whisk the ganache until glossy and beginning to thicken.

  10. Step 10:

    Pour over the cake and spread with a palette knife over the sides.

  11. Step 11:

    Leave to set but don’t put the cake in the fridge or the ganache will become dull.

  12. Step 12:

    Decorate with strips of candied orange peel.


  • For the sponge

    • 75ml Sunflower oil
    • 75ml Yoghurt (orange flavoured)
    • 3 tbsp Marmalade
    • 75g Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 2 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 110g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • For the chocolate

    • 175ml Double cream
    • 175g Plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
    •  Orange peel (candied, to decorate)

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