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)

gailkr1's picture

Very nice but very sickly!

katckam's picture

Forgot to rate. Also, didn't have a seville orange, just used a regular one

katckam's picture

Delicious, made for a dinner party. Made the cake a few days in advance, the orange kept it lovely and moist. Made half of the topping and spread all around. A winner and very easy. Served with creme fraiche on the night

mattccross's picture

A fantastic cake! Just take care not to over cook.

fatimachohan's picture

I baked the mixture in 2 sandwich tins, and actually came out with 2 decent sized cakes! Didn't use ganache, but just spread a melted Lindt Choc Orange on top. Kept in the fridge for a couple of days and the cake just kept tasting better and better...really dense but moist. Can't get Seville oranges here, so just a local orange! Def make again very soon!

feedingtheclan's picture

Got the kids involved in the prep and they loved the the "Orange Puree", Amazing cake will be making again.

abhadhasmana's picture

This is the best chocolate orange cake ever! I thought it would be a bit dry (because of the long baking time) so I brushed the cake with 1/2 cup of orange juice before frosting. Definitely a keeper.

jul34es's picture

made this cake a few months ago,never again its the worst cake i,ve ever made it had the texture of playdough and tasted horrible.

ollybull's picture

Made this cake for a friends birthday - it went down VERY well!!

fayscafe's picture

Fabulous cake - I put chocolate frosting on the top instead of the ganache. I think we had 3 pieces each before our tummys told our mouths to stop wanting more! I would try the recipe next time with 2 blixted oranges to increase the orange taste.

sylvette's picture

I made this for the first time yesterday and thought it was really nice.
However, I'd like to use something other than sunflower oil as I could taste it too much.
Also would add some orange liquor next time to give it more of a tang.
For the ganache I used vegetable light double cream which was nice, and substituted plain flour with wholemeal which made the cake maybe a bit denser most still really moist, however I had to cook it for an extra 10 minutes because of the wholemeal flour.
Will certainly try that one again.

littlecakeylaura's picture

This cake is gorgeous and so light everybody that tried it loved it i would never think to blend a whole orange i assumed i would need to peel it first!! This is lovely recipe!
Instead of the ganache i used the recipe for chocolate cherry mousse shots but substitued the kirsh for orange as the topping yum yum

carolyn12's picture

Great cake. Omitted ganache and just drizzled over melted dark chocolate with orange rind.

monkeymilker's picture

Wow! I can't cook to save my life but this came out a complete and utter success! However, I did end up with faaaar too much chocolate ganache so it's in the fridge at the moment and I'm hoping it'll come out like some sort of mousse in the near future.

mich696's picture

It took a long time but it was worth it at the end.

christyjade's picture

GORGEOUS! Didnt use a whole orange as the blender was broken! So just juiced and added zest. Still delish. The Ganache was lovely! Love it.

gavinwd's picture

After reading other comments about the ganache being too runny so I halved the quantity of cream, this made a nice thick ganache. brilliant served with double cream poured over as a dessert.

katie_jayne1985's picture

I've made this cake several times and it comes out better everytime! Love it!

binadoshi's picture

I tired this receipe.... and its to die for.....

Will bake this cake again n again... n....

can anyone suggest instead of oil can I use something else.


quintessence's picture

Do you think instead of plain chocolate for the ganache I could use Fry's Orange Cream Chocolate or would that simply make it too orange-y?


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