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Chocolate Orange Cake

Vijaya Selvaraju

The intense richness of chocolate cake is complemented perfectly by bright citrusy orange notes.

Chocolate Orange Cake


  • For the cake:

  • 2 oranges

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 cups almond meal/flour

  • 1/2 cup cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • For the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or Grand Marnier


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place oranges in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours, until fork tender. Cool, cut open and remove pips/seeds if any.

  3. Place oranges in a food processor and puree until pulpy. Add remaining ingredients, and blitz until completely incorporated.

  4. Grease a square pie pan with butter, and line with parchment paper. Pour batter into pan, and place in oven for 50-60 minutes, or until middle of cake is firm to the touch.

  5. Allow to cool to room temperature before un-molding.

  6. Place ingredients for glaze in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until completely melted.

  7. Pour over cake, and garnish with orange zest.

Chocolate Orange Cake




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- I personally love this cake because it features two of my favorite things, chocolate and orange. The intense dark richness of chocolate, and the bright citrusy note of orange, it is unbelievable. Let's start making this bad boy. This cake batter is so easy to make, you literally chuck everything into a food processor and turn it on. So, to start off with I have some oranges that I've boiled for about an hour to an hour and a half until they're nice and tender. They go in, skin on and everything. The skin has a ton of great flavor, you definitely don't want to get rid of it. I'm gonna start by pulsing it until it's kind of grainy in texture, and you can go ahead and add the rest of your ingredients. So, I have some eggs. It has the beautiful, glorious, orangey yellow color, and to this I'm gonna add some almond meal, because of course this is a gluten free recipe. This is some almond meal, some cocoa powder, and a lot of sugar. I have some baking soda and baking powder for leavening, and last but not least, a little bit of salt, and that will help intensify the chocolate flavor and really bring out the sweetness of this cake. Lid on, let's do this. Wow, that looks like chocolate pudding to me, but it's cake batter. I have a square baking pan here that I've greased lightly and lined with a little bit of parchment paper. You want to be careful pouring this in because the blade's still in the middle, so try to hold onto that. Look at how luscious and thick that batter looks. And this is gonna go into a 350 degree oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until our toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. What's a cake without frosting, or an icing, or a glaze of some kind? And that's what I'm gonna make for this cake. We have some chocolate chips over some fairly simmering water in a heat-proof bowl. I have some butter, it's gonna make this glaze nice and glossy, some honey, as well as some Cointreau, orange flavored liqueur. If you're not of age and you can't pick up some orange flavored liqueur, then you just completely leave it out, it's totally fine, 'cause you'll get enough of that orange hit from the cake. You just want to stir that up, everything will start to melt, and within a few seconds it's gonna be nice, and glossy, and shiny, and thick. Nice, shiny, and glossy, just how I like it, and now it's just a matter of pouring it over the cake. I like to start towards the middle. Oh yeah, let it drip over the edges a little bit. That's what I call a chocolate cake. To die for, and everyone can indulge in it. And to finish off, I like to garnish with a little bit of fresh orange zest just to remind everyone what went into this cake. They're like little orange snowflakes. And ta-da! My chocolate orange gluten-free cake. And now, a nice big slice for me. Aw, that looks so good. You can still smell the orange, it's so intense. Let's taste it. Have you guys ever had a Terry's Chocolate Orange? It's literally dark or milk chocolate that's mixed with the flavor of orange and it's amazing, and this cake is literally Terry's Chocolate Orange in cake form. The best part is that your gluten-free friends can eat it too.