Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I know there are hundreds of chocolate cake recipes on here, but you can never have too many to choose from! This is a dark, rich, moist cake with a touch of orange. Mmm... Delicious!


  1. For the cake:.
  2. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and light, stir in the orange rind.
  4. Break chocolate into a bowl (I recommend that you use 70% cocoa solid minimum), add boiling water and stir until the chocolate is melted and well blended.
  5. Lightly whisk the eggs and gradually beat into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Beat in the melted chocolate, and then fold in the flour/cocoa mixture with a metal spoon.
  7. Spoon the mixture into two greased and lined tins and bake at 180/350/Gas 4 for 25-30 minutes, until cake shrinks away from the sides of the tin.
  8. Allow to cool slightly in tins, and then turn out on wire rack. When cold, slice each cake horizontally to make 4 layers. Using a thin layer of jam, sandwich all layers of the cake together.
  9. Fudge coating:.
  10. Sift icing sugar and cocoa and set aside.
  11. Put the butter, water and caster sugar into a saucepan and heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer.
  12. Pour the hot mixture into the sieved icing sugar/cocoa mixture; mix together until its thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  13. Pour coating quickly over the cake; smooth over the sides. Leave to set before serving.
Most Helpful

Loved everything about this cake: the richness of the chocolate flavour (and yes, I did use 70% cocoa solid chocolate: what else?), the moistness of the cake, the orange flavour and the yummy fudge coating to die for. A veritable Easter treat! :) And great to have on hand at a time when friends and neighbours were dropping in with Easter eggs! Everyone who's tried some has loved this cake and been sent home with a slice in a doggy bag! And the promise of a copy of the recipe! :) Thank you, Noo, for sharing yet another scrumptious recipe, and for providing such wonderfully clear instructions! Made for PRMR.

bluemoon downunder April 11, 2009

Absolutely loved the combo of cocoa, dark chocolate, orange zest & apricot jam ~ Makes for an OUTSTANDING CAKE! Will admit that I was generous when it came to the jam & would love to try this with homemade preserves sometime! This is definitely a chocoholic's dream cake! Thanks! [Tagged, made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hit Wonders]

Sydney Mike February 20, 2009

Thanks for a chocolate cake with orange. I, being in the minority, find plain chocolate cake boring and l;ove the orange combination. May I suggest that you do not change the receipe and use any other type of flour. Seems to be much more successful with self-raising. For those of you who are not familiar with grams, etc. you can convert it on this site.

waynejohn1234 April 19, 2009