Marbled Chocolate Orange Cake

    1 hour 10 min

    A moist cake that combines chocolate and orange with a pretty marbled effect. Easy to make, and perfect for chocolate orange lovers. Use your favourite orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Or, simply use extra orange juice if you don't have orange liqueur to hand.

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    Serves: 14 

    • 225g butter
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 250g natural yoghurt
    • 225g plain flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
    • 60g cooking chocolate, melted
    • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour one 25cm tube cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with 200g of the caster sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the vanilla and the yoghurt.
    3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed ingredients. Turn half of the cake mixture into another bowl. Add the orange zest to one bowl and the melted chocolate to the other. Alternately spoon the orange and chocolate cake mixtures into a greased and floured tube cake tin. Swirl through the two mixtures with a knife to create a marbled effect.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 50 minutes. As soon as the cake is removed from the oven, stir together the remaining 50g sugar, the orange juice and the orange liqueur and pour over the still hot cake. Let the cake finish cooling on a rack before serving. Makes about 10 to 12 servings.

    Cake tins

    You can use three 23cm round cake tins instead of the tube cake tin. Just adjust baking time as needed.

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    Reviews in English (21)


    what an amazing cake cant wait to make it chocolate orangs is my husbands fave  -  13 Feb 2012


    I give this recipe 2 stars because it is ture to the description that it is a moist and attractive cake. However that is the best I can say about this cake. If you are looking for a FLAVORLESS cake then you have found the perfect recipe. I"m not sure if there are mistakes in the recipe and semi-sweet chocolate should have been used as opposed to unsweetened. Also, even though I tripled the amount of orange zest used (I large, juicy navel oranges) the orange flavor was faint at best. The glaze gives this cake a special touch but cannot make up for the flavor that is seriously lacking. I agree that the combination of orange and chocolate marry well but in relation to this cake it was not a match made in heaven.  -  02 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this cake in a bundt pan. Next time I would 1 1/2 x the recipe for a higher, fuller cake and cook longer. I substituted the plain yogurt with vanilla lowfat yogurt and for the liqueur I used about a teaspoon of orange extract and doubled the orange juice. Very flavorful cake, very moist.  -  27 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)