How to Make Chocolate and Orange Cake

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Adding fruit to cake recipes makes a rich, interesting variation on old-fashioned chocolate cake. Orange juice adds sweetness and orange rind adds a bit more complexity. This cake makes a wonderful dessert for almost any occasion, as it can be elegantly frosted for special events or simply eaten plain for an everyday dessert.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electric mixer
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, sifted
  • 3 1/2 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Rind of 3/4 orange, grated and chopped

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Instructions

    How To Make Chocolate and Orange Cake

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 191 degrees Celsius. Grease an 8-inch cake pan with butter.

  2. 2

    Beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl until the mixture becomes light and airy. Add the eggs one at a time and continue beating the mixture.

  3. 3

    Fold in the sifted flour slowly, mixing by hand or at low-speed continuously.

  4. 4

    Divide the mixture into two bowls. Add the cocoa and milk to one bowl and mix by hand. Add the orange juice and orange rind to the other bowl.

  5. 5

    Add the contents of both bowls to the cake pan, swirling with the tines of a fork to create a marbled effect.

  6. 6

    Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes.

  7. 7

    Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes before topping with your favourite frosting. Serve warm.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a touch of lemon juice for a fruitier, less sweet flavour.

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