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3 Jul 2015

Is that... an actual recipe? On 

Well yes, yes it is. If you've been following my Instagram then you will already know that since I've been back I've been very much back on the baking hype. I've been making a chocolate raspberry cake, a victoria sponge cake, pavlovas, pancakes and now a Chocolate Orange Cake. I actually only made it because I found an offer on Chocolate Oranges in Sainsbury's and couldn't physically remove myself from the store without picking up two. 

The last few weeks in France were spent at many, many cafés, restaurants and bars eating and drinking probably slightly too much. Although I have absolutely no regrets when it comes to food and drink, it did mean that my weight rocketed up and I was faced with a really tricky dilemma when back in England. Do I attempt an ultra healthy diet in order to lose the weight I put on? Or do I say what the hell and bake anyway? Obviously, I chose the latter. 

Chocolate Orange Cake

Cake Mixture
Adapted from Mary Berry's recipe
200g butter
4 eggs
200g caster sugar
200g flour
60g cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence

Chocolate Orange Ganache
150g dark chocolate
Zest of an orange
150ml double cream

1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C for a fan oven.
2. Mix the butter, eggs, flour, vanilla essence and sugar in a large mixing bowl until combined.
3. Add your cocoa powder to the boiling water and mix until a smooth paste is formed, then add this to the mixture.
4. Pour into two sandwich cake tins and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
5. Make the ganache by heating up your cream to almost boiling and then pour over the chocolate chunks. Stir until all the chocolate has melted and combined. You can use it for the middle of the cake as well, or do what I did and mix up a quick buttercream with more orange zest, butter and icing sugar.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as my family enjoyed the cake itself! There will be more recipes going up soon and I might even attempt some slightly healthier ones!

  1. If this is what your recipes are like then you can keep them coming! This looks like chocolate heaven!!!

    Emma xx

  2. This looks bloody amazing!! I'm not much of a baker but I think I'll give this a go! xx

    Beth | Alphabeth

  3. Ah this looks soo good! I am such a chocolate orange addict, one of my favourites for sure so in a cake is ideal! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  4. Chocolate orange is my absolute fav.... Oh my god Immy. I need this in my life...

    Emily xx

    Auburn Antics

  5. Thanks Emma :) seriously proud of these photos & the cake in general as it was definitely chocolate heaven!! More to come soon fingers crossed! Xx

  6. It's an easy peasy recipe, simple yet effective ;) go for it! Xx

  7. Me too. Absolute favourite flavour combination! xx

  8. Oh I know.. Have you used up the chocolate orange candle yet? Haha! xx

  9. Yes!! I have indeed, it was helping me with my addiction! xx


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