Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

This chocolate orange cake recipe creates a sumptuously moist treat of a cake.  One of the first recipes that we put up was for a lemon drizzle cake, back in the snowy depths of winter. Yesterday The Boy wanted to make a cake, so he adapted that recipe and came up with this incredible variation. And look at the photo - we have sunshine this time! Bliss.

The addition of a chocolate drizzle makes this cake look quite special when you cut a slice - you can see where the chocolate has seeped down into the cake - and when left to set, you get a nice chocolate crust on the top. 

Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe - Ingredients (serves 6 - 8)

For The Cake


  • 50 g coconut flour
  • 50 g tapioca flour
  • 50 g coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 drops orange essential oil (or 1 tsp orange flavouring)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange


For The Orange Drizzle

  • 3 dsp honey
  • 1 dsp water
  • Juice of 1 orange


For The Chocolate Drizzle

  • 30g cacao butter
  • 15g cacao powder
  • 1.5 tsp honey

Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe -Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/350° F/gas mark 4.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  3. Put the chia seeds into the 1/4 cup of water, stir to prevent clumping and set aside.
  4. Sift the coconut flour, tapioca flour and coconut sugar into a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the baking soda and salt.
  6. Whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, orange oil, vanilla extract and honey.
  7. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk thoroughly.
  8. Add in the zest and juice of an orange and the chia seeds & water (they should become slightly gelatinous).
  9. Whisk until well combined.
  10. Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.

Drizzle

  1. In a bowl mix together the honey, water and orange juice.
  2. When the cake is cooked remove it from the oven and immediately stab holes all over it (not too enthusiastically, you don't want a plate full of crumbs!)
  3. Slowly pour the drizzle all over the cake, allowing it to soak in before pouring on more.
  4. Now make the chocolate drizzle.
  5. Place the cacoa butter and cacao powder into a small glass or metal bowl over a pan of hot water.
  6. When you can see that the cacao butter has melted, whisk until you have a smooth chocolately liquid.
  7. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey.
  8. Carefully remove the cake from the loaf tin and invert it onto a plate - you may want to cut the top of the cake off as it is quite likely to have bulged out into something of a dome like shape. This gives you the opportunity to legitimately test it to see how it tastes...
  9. Gently make some more holes in the cake with a skewer and spoon over the chocolate.
  10. Leave it for a couple of minutes then cover the top of the cake in the remaining chocolate, allowing it to run down the sides (give it a gentle push with a spoon if it doesn't want to jump over the edge!)
  11. Leave to cool - then pop in the fridge to give the chocolate chance to harden.
  12. Serve the chocolate orange cake on its own or with a dollop of whipped coconut cream and maybe some fresh berries.

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