Thursday, 2 April 2009

Chocolate/orange cake

Do you remember all those times in your life when you thought "orange or chocolate? Damn it, I just can't decide!"? Well, there's now no need to choose - you can combine both of them in a cake!

I made this cake for my friend Aimee's birthday today and it seemed to go down well with everyone at work!

  • 100g bar of Green and Black's "Maya Gold" orange chocolate
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 an orange
  • 225g butter or margarine
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 50g Green and Black's hot chocolate (no, I don't work for the company)
  • 4 tbsps good quality orange marmalade (preferably with peel)


  • Cream together the butter/margarine and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice out of the orange into the bowl, making sure you don't drop pips into the mixture.
  • Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them thoroughly, then stir them into the mixture.
  • Sieve the flour into the bowl, add the hot chocolate powder and fold it all in.
  • Pour the mixture into two sandwich tins in roughly equal quantities. TIP: I actually find it easier NOT to line the cake tins as this makes the cake cook on all sides.
  • When the cakes are done, turn one of them upside down and spread the marmalade onto the flat surface. Place the other one on top and peel a liberal amount of the chocolate bar over the top of the cake; it should melt and form a nice layer of chocolate.
  • Leave in the fridge to cool overnight.

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