Guys, it’s December…so you know what that means. It’s definitely time for the festive bakes. Last year, I couldn’t stop making spiced banana cupcakes – they were SO yummy. I’m in love with anything banana, so these were a go-to, and went down a treat with others too. I even added a little hidden mincemeat centre. This year, however, it’s all about the chocolate. In this case, a Chocolate Orange cake. Well, it is the only time of year the Terry’s Chocolate Oranges come out to play for me.
I do love a cupcake, but on my rare afternoon off (yes, naturally I decided to fill it with baking) I was feeling a loaf cake…a nice slice to go with a cup of tea. Or actually, as dessert. Or just whenever I fancied a slice. Because who needs an excuse?
There were a few chocolate orange cake recipes floating around which I tried, but none with a strong enough orange flavour for me. I find that dark chocolate, or anything chocolate in general, can be quite overpowering in a recipe.
I wanted something which had those citrus, zesty, undernotes at the forefront, shining through. This is certainly where extra orange zest comes into play. In this recipe, it’s used not only in the baked chocolate loaf, but also sprinkled over the top of the chocolate icing for extra zing.
Not to sing my own praises, but…I think I nailed it with this chocolate orange cake recipe.
This loaf cake has a fab chocolate orange flavour. Yes, the recipe calls for dark chocolate, but as it’s combined with everything else, it’s not overly rich, or dark chocolate-y at all. It’s super delicious (not just my words, I promise), and makes for a great festive bake this December.
The full Chocolate Orange cake recipe is below. Enjoy! Do let me know what you think – I always love hearing when people have tried my recipes.
What’s your fave festive bake?
Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
A seriously chocolate-y loaf cake with zesty undertones, and a creamy frosting. Perfect for this festive season.
- 140 g plain flour
- 140 g caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 orange
- 140 g butter or margarine
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 125 ml milk
- 1 egg
- 300 g icing sugar
- 1 mini Terry's Chocolate Orange segments bag to decorate
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and place to the side.
In a large mixing bowl, sieve the flour, and stir in the sugar, baking powder and zest of one orange. Rub in 40g butter until like fine breadcrumbs. Place to the side.
In a separate microwaveable bowl, carefully melt 50g dark chocolate. Allow to cool slightly, and then whisk in the milk and juice of one orange, followed by the egg (you don't want the egg to scramble if the chocolate is too hot).
Slowly and carefully start adding the chocolate mixture to the other mixing bowl with the flour mixture. Fold until well combined.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes - until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.
Once cooled you can prepare the icing. In a microwaveable bowl, melt the remainder of the dark chocolate and allow to cool until just runny enough to mix with other ingredients. Combine with the remaining butter and juice of half an orange. Add the icing sugar and stir until you have a thick buttercream - you may find you need a little more icing sugar dependent on how runny you like yours. Refridgerate the buttercream for 15 minutes to allow it to keep form.
Remove the buttercream from the fridge. Cover the loaf cake in the chocolate orange buttercream. Top with grated orange zest (from the 2nd orange), and mini Terry's Chocolate Orange segments. Slice and enjoy!