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Easy Chocolate Orange Cake - all in one method!
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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


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease and line a 23 x 23cm 9” x 9” baking tin.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk for a couple of minutes with an electric mixer or 3 minutes with a whisk.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is springy to the touch.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack.
  • Mix together the orange juice and caster sugar and spread over the top of the cake.
  • 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.