chocolate & blood orange cake

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chocolate orange cake

This cake is so good I baked it twice in one week. Based on my French orange and lemon cake I slightly tweaked the recipe and added some dark chocolate chips and more orange zest. It makes a really moist and zingy cake with a dark chocolate hit, and of course chocolate and orange are a perfect match for each other. I used blood oranges (orange sanguine) as they are in season at the moment as I love the flavour and bright red sweet juice and zest, but you can of course substitute for normal oranges or a combination of your favourite citrus fruits. 

I like a slice of this with a cup of tea (a strong and smokey Earl Grey with just a splash of milk if you're asking) as little mid morning or tea time treat. It's definitely my favourite cake...this week at least! 

I am always on the look out for tried and tested recipe recommendations too - so please leave a comment below, say bonjour and let us know what's your favourite cake to bake (or eat) at the moment. Bon appetit and I hope you are enjoying the glorious Springtime weather where you are too.   

preparation time: 5-10 minutes
cooking time: 40-50 minutes


1.5 cups plain white flour
1 cup sugar
0.5 cup oil (I used rapeseed oil)
2 eggs
0.75 cup fromage blanc/plain natural yogurt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
0.5 tsp salt
0.5 cup chocolate chips (I used plain dark chocolate but you could use milk chocolate too)
zest of 3 oranges & juice of 1

  1. grease and line a 20cm square baking tin and preheat the over to 350F/gas 5
  2. add the sugar to a bowl and add the zest and juice of the oranges and whisk well
  3. add the eggs, oil, fromage blanc/yogurt, vanilla extract and continue to whisk
  4. sieve in the flour, baking powder, salt and add the chocolate chips and stir until just mixed
  5. pour into your prepared baking tin and bake for 40-50 minutes. It is cooked when lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean. 
  6. Leave to cool for 15-20 minutes before turning carefully onto a wire cooling rack
  7. cool completely before slicing and serving. Bon appetit!
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chocolate orange cake

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  1. This looks SO good! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe at Inspire Me Monday and Friendship Friday at Create With Joy!

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend! :-)

    1. Thanks so much, It is a lovely recipe - have made it so many times recently with slightly different variations. My latest was with lemon and saffron, A beautiful bright yellow cake :)

  2. What a gorgeous cake! I've never had the pleasure of cooking with blood oranges. In fact, I've only ever tasted them once - while on a brief holiday in Sardinia and they were freshly juiced for breakfast! Thank you for linking your lovely recipe up with Simple and in Season! :)

    1. Thanks Elizabeth - their season is so short - I am always pleased when they are around again. Love the flavour. Thanks for hosting too :)

  3. For the last five years or so I've wanted to bake with blood oranges but always miss the chance. sigh. I've bookmarked this lovely cake with good intentions for next year.

    1. Such a short season - i'm always pleased when it comes round again. This works well with normal oranges and lemons too. I hope you enjoy - let me know when you give it a go :)

  4. Wow....this is the complete pack of delicious recipes. I liked your blog. chocolate & blood orange cake is looking yummmm.

  5. This looks delicious! love a recipe that is simple~
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