Chocolate orange marble cake

Chocolate orange marble cake

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 55 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 225g very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
    Butter

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

    Milk

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

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

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Method

  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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Frantic Flapjack
9th Apr, 2013
4.05
A lovely cake with good flavour. The marble effect made it a little bit different.
imfeelingmad
24th Mar, 2013
5.05
Made this for work colleagues, it turned out great! I used a round cake tin and it took less time to cook (about 35mins) and it was a great consistency and tasted great too, the orange flavour worked really well. Great recipe, can recommend it!
marian3009
22nd Mar, 2013
I think it is a great cake, I'll do, I'm sure. But it doesn't need baking powder? I think so...
ranabhutta
29th Aug, 2013
Not made this particular cake but I have a recipe for an amazing (at least I think so!) chocolate orange marble cake on my blog below. I've found cocoa powder can make marble cakes really dry, so I add some oil to the batter to compensate and then seep an orange drizzle into the baked cake to make it really moist. A chocolate ganache is then poured over it all, just for extra decadence! It's SO good! http://www.cupofteasolveseverything.com/2012/09/chocolate-orange-marble-cake.html
jenpen81
12th Mar, 2013
5.05
Very nice maybe a bit too buttery for my liking. I omitted the orange flavour and just used plain dark choc for topping. All in all, thumbs up!
homosapiens
7th Mar, 2013
5.05
Delicious!

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