Nigella Lawson Pantry-Shelf Chocolate-Orange Cake

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

If you'll read my personal page you'll know exactly where this recipe is coming from. This is a simple, unadorned cake with a dense texture (almost brownie-like). The orange twist is a nice surprise. One day I found myself spreading soft cream cheese over a slice and it was quite delicious! Enjoy with coffee or whatever is your poison.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Oven@ 350.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. Take off of the heat.
  4. Add the marmalade, sugar, and the eggs and combine.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour.
  6. Pour into a greased 8-inch springform pan.
  7. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out.
Most Helpful

4 5

This is a very moist and sticky cake. It also tastes fabulous. Unfortunately, mine looked like an asteroid hit it - it rose up really high on the edges and sunk in the center. I don't know if it was because I used homemade self-rising flour or if there was another issue. I did use the microwave to melt the butter & chocolate but I don't think that would explain the problem. Even if it doesn't look very good, the taste makes up for it. I will be trying this one again to see if I can get it to look better. Thanks for the recipe :)

5 5

I just love the texture of this cake and have made it quite a few times now. Great with coffee, and super tasty because it has the added orange marmalade. I'm a sucker for marmalade ;) The ingredients are nearly always in my pantry so it's never anything that I have to leave the house to fetch. I will be trying it with some cream cheese this next time though..Thanks for posting this one Harley!