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5 from 7 votes

Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

Easy Chocolate Orange Cake - all in one chocolate cake moistened with orange juice with a crispy sugar topping.

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword cake, Chocolate, orange
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Camilla Hawkins


  • 175 g / 6oz Margarine or butter softened
  • 175 g / 6oz Caster sugar
  • 160 g Self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 15 g Bourneville cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Orange sugar topping:
  • 50 g / 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.

Recipe Notes

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.