Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

A seriously chocolate-y loaf cake with zesty undertones, and a creamy frosting. Perfect for this festive season.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and place to the side.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Slowly and carefully start adding the chocolate mixture to the other mixing bowl with the flour mixture. Fold until well combined.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!