Dark chocolate & orange cake

Dark chocolate & orange cake

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus cooling time


Cuts into 10 slices
A dense, dark and devilishly delicious cake, this will be gone before you know it

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  • 1 Seville orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • a little melted butter, for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • orange candied peel, to decorate

For the chocolate ganache

  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 225ml double cream


  1. Pierce the orange with a skewer (right through). Cook in boiling water for 30 minutes until soft. Whizz the whole orange in a food processor until smooth; let cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.Grease and line the base of a 23cm/9in round cake tin. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave for 2 minutes on High, stirring after 1 minute. Let cool.

  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Gradually beat in the puréed orange, discarding any pips, then stir in the cooled melted chocolate. Sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder. Mix well and pour into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed in the middle. (Check after 45 minutes and cover with foil if it is browning too much.) Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Make the chocolate ganache: put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Set aside until firm enough to spread over the cake – up to 1½ hours.

  5. Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Using a palette knife, swirl the ganache over the top. Decorate with strips of candied orange peel.

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Comments (107)

shireen82's picture

This is one scrummy recipe. Made it for a friend when I was over for dinner..... Almost did not want to leave the whole cake there!

kjh3540's picture

Nice and moist tasty although I would have liked more of an orange flavour so if I do it again will be doing two oranges. I also added a middle layer of orange butter icing because my other half has a sweet tooth and then some! He loves it but added cream....! Healthy it's not tasty it is.

superballgirl's picture

Not as wonderful as I thought it was going to be - somewhat disappointingly. Despite following the recipe to the letter, the cake went sad in the middle (I am not an inexperienced baker). I rescued it by scooping out the sad bit, making a little less ganache to go round the top, and filling the hole in the middle with cream and fresh orange segments. The cake was drier and heavier than I anticipated it being :/

kaonashi_spirit's picture

Never been a fan of orange chocolate. But I made this for a friend's bday and everyone loved it and I loved it! He though it was the best cake he's ever tasted. Lovely light texture. Not too bland and not too sickly.

rickie86's picture

I have made this cake 3 times now, the first time I followed the recipe exactly as this is the first cake iv ever made, it went so well that I made another but also added mixed nuts in with the mixture and added chopped nuts for decoration. The third and most successful time I made three cake sponges to place on top of each other separated by Ganesh, one was plain, one was with added nuts and one had added chocolate drops then same crush/chopped nuts on top for decoration, I also put 3 slices of candied orange on top (which I made my self) cup and a half of water, cup and a half of suger, bring to boil, then med heat until segments go clearish then simmer until water is syrup!) very good cake!!

nicoledangoor's picture

i no finding perfect recipes are hard! and we cant trust all those out there..

There is a group on facebook that was just created The Bake Exchange which is designed to share everyone's favourite old/new recipes.
Join and share all your favourite recipes so we dont need to spend so long looking for and testing all the different recipes out there.

nicoledangoor's picture

i no finding perfect recipes are hard! and we cant trust all those out there..

There is a group on facebook that was just created The Bake Exchange which is designed to share everyone's favourite old/new recipes.
Join and share all your favourite recipes so we dont need to spend so long looking for and testing all the different recipes out there.

nicoledangoor's picture

AMAZING! was a great hit at dinner party - everyone LOVED it!! will definitely be my ultimate chocolate cake recipe. I did however use less oil - i put 210 instead and came out perfect.

Wouldn't have tried the cake if it weren't for the comments.

willisjmj's picture

DIVINE. Everything about this cake was great. Huge hit with everyone, even those who don't eat much cake. Thoroughly recommended and a real family and friends favourite.

kte_fllrhotmailcom's picture

This cake was so so nice! Had a really godd orange flavour to it! And the ganache tasted really good!

babyroo81's picture

Just made this for friends and it went down really well. Tasted amazing! Just the right amount of orangyness! Also added less cream to topping and it was perfect. Will be making this again for sure!

dracula1's picture

Sorry, forgot to rate the recipe - definitely 5 stars!

dracula1's picture

Made this cake as a dessert for a New Year's Day buffet. Everyone loved it and I will definitely be making it again! Gorgeous!

jules1276's picture

This is a fantastic cake, despite the fact it is quite a dense cake a doubled up the receipe and made it like a sandwich cake with a cointreau laced fresh cream filling, it was a resounding success.

mizmay's picture

fantastic and easy to make! Brilliant recipe. I used half the amount of cream for the ganache and it came out perfect.

Also used a regular orange as I could not find seville oranges and this worked a treat.

cakegirl20's picture

A lovely cake that has been appreciated by many! As my family usually find that amount of dark chocolate too rich, I substituted 50 g of milk for the cake and for the topping and it worked beautifully. I was unsure about the orange blending, but it really does work. Trust the recipe!

mkellas's picture

I made this cake & it's amazing! At one point I thought the ganache had split upon cooling but don't be fooled just give it a good stir & it was fine. It tasted great & I found that adding some grated milk chocolate to the top mellowed out the dark chocolate slightly. Yum!

emmyatlas's picture

Really beautiful tasting cake. I've made this loads of times now and had compliments every time. I try and use orange flavoured chocolate (Chocolate Orange!) in the ganache because otherwise the icing is too rich. Also, I've never used the candied orange peel to decorate - where can you get that? I've never even seen it in a shop!

debw14's picture

Great easy recipe and really delicious

louiset18's picture

Made this for the first time with my daughter at the weekend, our first baked cake together as well!!. it was truely scumptious


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