Chocolate orange marble cake

Chocolate orange marble cake

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 55 mins


Cuts into 10 slices
For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal397
  • fat23.1g
  • saturates13.7g
  • carbs41.5g
  • sugars26.1g
  • fibre1.6g
  • protein5.6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 225g very soft butter, plus extra for greasing



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

  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 large orange, zest and 1 tbsp orange juice



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

  • a few drops orange food colouring (optional)
  • 50g orange chocolate (we used Green & Black's Maya Gold), broken into pieces



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a loaf tin (8 x 21cm/ 2lb) with baking parchment. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and flour together in a large bowl with an electric whisk or in a food processor until lump free.

  2. Split the mixture into two bowls, beat the milk, followed by the cocoa powder into one. Beat the orange juice, zest and orange food colouring, if using, into the other.

  3. Spoon alternate dollops of the mixture into the cake tin, then use a skewer to create a marble pattern by dragging it through the mixture in swirls. Make sure you don’t overmix or you won’t see the pattern. Smooth the surface if necessary.

  4. Bake the cake for 45 - 55 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer poked in comes out clean.

  5. Leave the cake in the tin to cool, then turn out. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water or gently in the microwave. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cake.

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Tamara L
17th Jul, 2013
I tried this recipe and the result was fantastic! A very soft, moist sponge with a nice orange flavour.
23rd Jun, 2013
Was so excited to make this but was so disappointed. Like many of the other comments, the timing / temperature is all out on this recipe - the inside was totally undercooked after the allotted time so I had to leave it in for an extra 20mins (the outside burned). Also there wasn't much of an orange flavour from this. So disappointed. :(
20th Jul, 2013
Please see my re cocoa powder.
23rd May, 2013
Hi Al: I doubled the recipe and made it in a 30 cm x 22 cm baking dish, taste was great , but.... it cooked very well all around and it was uncooked in the middle top... I left it for 55min at 180 C. I put it back 20 more min and the middle still not cooked so I just decided to cut the cooked parts, leave them outside and put back in the oven the rest for 15 more minutes :-( Fortunately is only a trial before the big event. Im afrad I will have to do another recipe :-(
20th Jul, 2013
Please see my re cocoa powder.
21st May, 2013
Hi, I want to try this cake for my 2 year old girl's birthday. If I "double" the recipe can someone please advise me what size rectangular baking dish should I use ? Hopefully someone can help with an answer thanks!
8th May, 2013
Really lovely could really taste the chocolate and orange will defo be making it again x
27th Apr, 2013
I made this yesterday and my family loved it. The marble effect was brilliant. It was so yummy it's all gone now! I had to bake it for 70 minutes in the end but it was worth the wait. I will definitely make this again.
22nd Apr, 2013
I made this earlier to use up a slightly sorry looking orange. It took longer than the stated cooking time in my oven, but that might be because I chopped up half a bar of chocolate and added that to the chocolate half. It's nice, it could do with a slightly larger orange hit. Next time I might top it with an orange drizzle.
18th Apr, 2013
Made the cake for my colleagues - my popularity just rose to the skies. :) Lovely cake and so easy to prepare - recommended.


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