Chocolate orange cake

Chocolate orange cake

This is a rich, glorious cake that's gluten-free, too.

By , 21 September 2015
Chocolate orange cake
  • Ready in: 75 mins
  • Serves: 10
  • Price: 54p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 102g serving contains
  • Fat high
  • Saturates high
  • Sugars med
  • Salt low
  • Energy 1583KJ 378KCAL
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1552kJ/371kcal.
  • 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 6 large free-range eggs
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 2 medium oranges, finely grated zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Grease a round 23cm deep cake tin with butter and line the base with baking paper.

  • Break the chocolate into squares and put in a bowl with the butter. Stand the bowl over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted - make sure the base doesn't touch the water. Leave to cool slightly.

  • Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Stir the ground almonds, orange zest, juice and yolks into the chocolate. In a different bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time - after each addition, whisk until stiff again. Add a quarter to the chocolate mixture and gently fold in. Then fold in the rest of the egg whites.

  • Turn the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.

  • Serve dusted with the cocoa.