Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

When I was at school the first all-in-one cake I ever made was called Lemon Crisp. So I thought I would re-invent the cake today by adding cocoa and changing the lemon juice for orange juice. After suffering the day from hell; having the car pebble dashed by a digger on a building site and then having the car dented by a runaway shopping trolley 2 minutes later, my children and I were happy to sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the end of a horrendous day! Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice?

A friend of mine from Australia recently e-mailed me to say that my blog looked great but it was too bad that she couldn’t cook.  Well this one’s for you Julie, no skill required, just reading and whisking!

This cake would be the ideal cake for children to make for Father’s Day and would also be great for a school cake bake.  It stays really moist and  tastes just a good on day 3 as it does on day 1.

I never fail to get excied when I see a bowl of ingredients  like this ….

turn into this…

and after a sugar orange glaze, this.

After all the excitement of the day I forgot to cut the cake up into 3 rows of 4 slices for the photo but you could do it how you like!

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Easy Chocolate Orange Cake
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The easiest to make chocolate cake moistened with orange juice with a crispy sugar topping.
Serves: 12
  • 175g / 6oz Margarine or butter, softened
  • 175g / 6oz Caster sugar
  • 160g Self-raising flour
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • 15g Bourneville cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Orange sugar topping:
  • 50g / 2oz Caster sugar
  • 2 dsp Orange juice, freshly squeezed
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease and line a 23 x 23cm 9” x 9” baking tin.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk for a couple of minutes with an electric mixer or 3 minutes with a whisk.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is springy to the touch.
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack.
  7. Mix together the orange juice and caster sugar and spread over the top of the cake.
  8. When the topping has set cut the cake into 12 slices.
For the original Lemon Crisp version use 175g self-raising flour and leave out the cocoa. Then for the topping use lemon juice instead of orange juice.

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  1. plasterer bristol

    This sounds delicious, been looking for a decent cake recipe to make, thanks for sharing.


    1. Camilla

      Thanks Simon:-) Enjoy!

  2. Alison Johnson

    Going to have to cook this for my son. Chocolate Orange is his favourite flavour combination & he loves cakes!

    1. Camilla

      Great, I can’t remember if there’s any grated orange rind in the mix but would be great to pep up the orange flavour:-)

  3. tiggerific1973

    The sticky top looks lovely!

  4. Paul Wilson

    The orange definitely adds an extra dimension.

  5. Esther


    Thank you for such a simple recipe. I think there was a typo – please can you confirm the quantity of orange juice to use? Many thanks,

    1. Camilla

      Hi Esther, I have just been to the garage to get out my old school excercise book (the recipe is based on this) and the recipe is correct just old fashioned, it is 2 dsp ie dessert spoons:-)

  6. Renesh

    good bake

  7. Renesh

    beautiful cake305

  8. Renesh

    beautiful cake to the little ones and the old ones

  9. Abigail Cullen

    This cake recipe looks great with the added bonus of being able to cut small individual pieces for a child’s party perhaps.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, a good clean cake to give little ones:-)

  10. William Gould

    I love recipes with “easy” in the title! lol

  11. Florence Cross

    This would be perfect to make as an end of school week treat. Wonder who’s going to lick the bowl out on this one 🙂

  12. Carolyn Clapham

    Sounds lovely and, as others have said, a great one to make with little ones.

  13. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous with custard

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Easy enough to do with the grandchildren , thank you

    1. Camilla

      Yes, very easy:-)

  15. K Mayers

    Love orange cake but can’t always get the kids to eat it – chocolate would do the trick! Perfect again 🙂

    1. Camilla


  16. Maya Russell

    Looks delicious. One of my favourite cakes. Chocolate and orange go so well together.

  17. Heather Haigh

    Chocolate orange is my absolute favourite flavour – I have to have this. 🙂

    1. Heather Haigh

      Finally gave it a go – been meaning to for a while. yummmmmmmmmmmmmm 🙂

      1. Camilla

        Great, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  18. Lisa Williams

    that looks so delicious really moist and fluffy I really am going to have to make this for my dads birthday 🙂

  19. Christine Lockley

    having been searching for a great choc orange cake recipe and cant wait to have a go at yours, have printed it off so that is the plan for tomorrow – thanks for sharing

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoy it:-)

  20. Tracy Nixon

    Still dreaming of chocolate and looking for ideas! This looks fab for chocolate week celebrations!

  21. Heather Haigh

    I love chocolate orange – must try this.

  22. Laura Baker

    This looks wonderful, and such an easy recipe to follow – I’m adding this to my ‘must-try’ list 🙂

  23. Natercia Garty

    This sounds so delicious, and so easy too!

  24. Christina

    You poor thing! I’ve had days like this!! Your cake looks absolutely delicious, though!!

    1. Camilla

      It never rains but it pours as they say! Thank you:-)

  25. Gitte

    Wow, lightning really did strike twice but it looks like this cake could make just about anything better, yum! Love the chocolate and orange combination!

    1. Camilla

      Yep, you can’t beat a bit of cake therapy!

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