Monday, 30 April 2012

Monday Bake - Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

Chocolate and orange, one of my favourite flavour combinations.   This cake is quite similar to the Lemon Drizzle but replacing the lemon for orange and adding some cocoa powder you have a delicious chocolate cake.  I have been making this cake for years - sometimes I leave out the orange zest, slice the finished cake in half lengthways and sandwich together with chocolate buttercream - yum!

As there is one less egg and less flour this cake does come out slightly smaller than the Lemon Drizzle - so don't panic that it hasn't risen as much when it comes out the oven!

175g margarine, softened
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
4 tbsp milk
zest of 1 orange
125g self raising flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder

                    (the only thing missing from the picture is the milk!)

Preheat the oven to 180c/Fan 160c/GasMark4
Line a 2lb loaf tin with a loaf tin liner (I use Lakeland)
Place the margarine and sugar in a large bowl.
Cream with an electric whisk until light and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time beating well between each one.
Add the orange zest and milk, beat again.
Sift in the self raising flour and cocoa powder.

Fold in until all combined.

Spoon into the tin and cook for about 55 minutes.

Check the cake is cooked - when an inserted skewer comes out clean - if it doesn't pop the cake back in the oven for another 5 minutes - then check again - repeat as necessary.
Leave to cool in the tin.

This is a lovely cake to share with friends.

Thanks for visiting, if you make this cake, tweet me a picture - I would love to see it.


Todays top three random Ipod songs:

1. Mr Medicine - Eliza Doolittle
2. Sister Psychic - Smash Mouth
3. She Said - Plan B


  1. wonderful recipe.. orange and chocolate is such a good combination

  2. Looks delicious, might have to give it a go xo