Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

I wasn’t sure whether to share a Chocolate Orange Cake as there are SO many recipes for them out there. But then I thought, well this is my version and if you like my other cakes then you will surely like this one too! This Chocolate Orange Cake is two layer of moist chocolate orange sponge with chocolate orange buttercream, decorated with Terry’s Chocolate Orange pieces and orange sprinkles. I’ve made it several times over the years for birthdays and other celebrations and it always goes down well!

How to make Chocolate Orange Cake…

To make the sponge I mixed butter and sugar together, then whisked in eggs and orange extract. Finally I mixed in self raising flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. I divided them between the cake tins and baked them.

To decorate the cake I made a buttercream from butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk and orange extract.

Chocolate Orange Cake

I crammed as much Terry’s Chocolate Orange as I could manage on top of the Chocolate Orange Cake! Can you ever have enough?! I also added some orange sprinkles to continue the orange theme, but of course you can use any sprinkles you like, or none at all.

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

8″ cake tins Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Electric hand mixer Wilton 2D Piping nozzle
Piping bags Terry’s Chocolate Orange Orange extract

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Chocolate Orange Cake

Tips for making the Chocolate Orange Cake:

  • You do need orange extract to get a good level of orange flavour from this recipe. Please don’t substitute it for orange juice as it won’t work. Orange extract is pretty easy to get hold of in the baking aisle, I get mine from Tesco, or you can order it online from Amazon.
  • You could bake this cake as one mix in a deep tin, then cut it in half once baked, just increase the baking to 45-50 minutes and check it is done with a thin skewer inserted in the centre. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  • If you don’t have Terry’s Chocolate Orange where you live, or you can’t get hold of it, just use any other orange flavoured chocolate treat like Lindt, Matchmakers, or perhaps the elusive orange Twirl!!

More chocolate orange recipes…

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake Terry's Chocolate Orange Fudge
Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake Terry’s Chocolate Orange Fudge Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange Biscotti Chocolate Orange Baked Donuts Terry's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange Biscotti Chocolate Orange Baked Donuts Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake (No Bake)
Chocolate Orange Brownies Chocolate Orange Pancakes Chocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange Brownies Chocolate Orange Pancakes Chocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange Drip Cake Chocolate Orange Cookies
Chocolate Orange Drip Cake Chocolate Orange Cookies Chocolate Orange Ice Cream
Chocolate Orange Rocky Road
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes Chocolate Orange Rocky Road
Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate orange sponge, chocolate orange buttercream and Terry's chocolate orange pieces
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 350 g Butter or baking spread
  • 350 g Caster sugar
  • 6 Eggs large
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 300 g Self raising flour
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 250 g Butter or baking spread
  • 450 g Icing sugar
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Orange extract

For decoration

  • 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange
  • Orange sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line two 8" cake tins
  • Make the sponge by mixing the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl with a spoon until fluffy, or mix using an electric mixer
  • Add the eggs, orange extract and milk, and whisk until fully incorporated
  • Add the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore
  • Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy
  • Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
  • To make the chocolate buttercream mix the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the orange extract and milk and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon
  • If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife
  • Put one of the sponges on your plate or cake stand and pipe or spread some of the buttercream onto it
  • Add the other sponge on top and pipe or spread the remaining buttercream on top
  • Decorate with the Terry's Chocolate Orange pieces, and orange sprinkles if using
  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days
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Calories: 760kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 1368IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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22 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oh it’s beautiful! We’ve done quite a bit with chocolate orange, but I don’t actually think we’ve ever made a cake! Will have to give it a go!

  2. Despite loving chocolate and orange the two combined is not one of my favourites (although I know many would disagree) and I can see you don’t fall in that camp. That said your cake looks amazing, thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare for all those chocolate orange lovers out there.

  3. A chocolate orange is always included in our Christmas stockings. But this cake is absolutely over the top, why even bother with dinner! Thank you for bringing it to FF.

    1. Hi Kristin, what do you mean by regular measurements? The measurements listed are regular to me 🙂 If you’re looking to convert them you can check my conversion guide here:

  4. My favourite combination! I’ve made many of Kat’s recipes now and this is one of my favourites! Kat’s recipes are always so easy to follow, the cakes are beautifully presented and most importantly very tasty! Thank you for sharing such lovey recipes!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for a friends birthday, he ate the whole lot to himself over the course of 3 days! I think that speaks for itself!

  6. Would this recipe hold up to covering the cake all over with a smooth layer of the buttercream, either from this recipe and/or the one from your chocolate orange drip cake recipe please?x

  7. 5 stars
    Wow what a beautiful cake! This was my first Baking Explorer recipe. It was so easy to follow and tastes amazing. I am based in the USA and used Simply Organic Orange Flavor as this brand has incredible flavourings/essences. The orange flavour really comes through in the cake and buttercream and is just like the same orange from the Terry’s chocolate. I can’t wait to try another recipe now! Many thanks Tracey

    1. Hi Tracey, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Your cake over on instagram looked superb!!

    1. Hi, the cake will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this – the recipe was easy to follow, I used quite deep tins so I let the sponge cook for an extra ten minutes, checking with a skewer after the extra 5 mins to make sure I didn’t overcook it!

    Your recipe and instructions made it very easy for an amateur like myself to follow, and I completely agree with the orange extract being added, it smells fragrant and fresh.

    5 stars!

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