Chocolate and orange are one of my top favourite flavour combinations so I love finding new ways to bake with them. This Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake is an easy to prepare chocolate sponge flavoured with orange extract, it’s baked on a low temperature for around an hour to make sure it doesn’t dry out. I also stirred some chopped up Terry’s Chocolate Orange into the sponge for extra yummyness. I’ve decorated the top with chocolate orange buttercream and slices of Terry’s Chocolate Orange of course!
Step by step…
To make the sponge I mixed the butter and sugar together, then whisked in orange extract, eggs and milk.
Then I added self raising flour and cocoa powder, and whisked in. I also folded in half a Terry’s Chocolate Orange that I chopped up.
I poured the mixture into my lined loaf tin and baked it for 1 hour.
I made a chocolate orange buttercream and decorated the top of the loaf cake with it.
To make the Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake extra yummy and tempting I decorated it with Terry’s Chocolate Orange pieces and some orange sprinkles! The sponge was perfectly light and moist once sliced, and it was full of that chocolate orange flavour I love so much. If you’re a fellow chocolate orange fan you will love this Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake!
Tips for making the Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake:
- The cake does need an hour in most ovens, this sounds like a lot, but it’s a very dense cake so baking it on a low temperature for a long time produces the best result.
- If you can’t get hold of orange extract, you can use the zest of two oranges in the sponge. You can’t replace it with anything in the buttercream unfortunately.
- Chop the Terry’s Chocolate Orange that goes into the sponge quite small, about the size of a chocolate chip, to avoid sinking.
- You can freeze the undecorated sponge. Wrap it up well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Recommended equipment & ingredients*
|Terry’s Chocolate Orange||Round piping nozzle||Loaf cake tin|
|Piping bags||Orange extract||Cake tester|
|Loaf cake tin liners||Loaf cake storage box|
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Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
Yummy chocolate orange sponge with chocolate orange buttercream and chocolate orange pieces
For the sponge
- 200 g Butter or baking spread
- 200 g Caster sugar
- 2 tsp Orange extract
- 4 Eggs large
- 1 tbsp Milk
- 175 g Self raising flour
- 25 g Cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 a Terry's Chocolate Orange chopped up - optional
For the buttercream
- 150 g Butter or baking spread
- 275 g Icing sugar
- 25 g Cocoa powder
- 1 tsp Orange extract
- 1 1/2 tbsp Milk
- 1/2 a Terry's Chocolate Orange
- Orange sprinkles optional
Pre-heat the oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
Mix together the butter and caster sugar using an electric mixer or a spoon until light and fluffy
Add the orange extract, eggs and milk and whisk in until smooth
Whisk in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder until fully combined
Fold in the chopped up Terry's Chocolate Orange
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for an hour, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer or a spoon to mix together the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar until they start to combine, then add the orange extract and milk and mix until smooth
Put it into a piping bag and pipe it onto the loaf cake, or spread on with a spoon or spatula
Decorate with the remaining Terry's Chocolate Orange pieces and some sprinkles too if you like!
Store in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days
NB. This post is in no way sponsored by Terry’s – I just love their product!
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