Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

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  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy


8 - 12

If you’re looking for a low-fat dessert this chocolate orange tart is perfect. Made with silky smooth dark choocolate it will satisfy any cravings while cutting back on butter, gluten and sugar – you’ll love it.


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  • 50g cocoa powder, sifted (gluten-free, eg Green & Black's)
  • 1½tsp vanilla extract
  • zest 1 orange, plus zest strips to decorate
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 50g gluten-free plain flour
  • ¾tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • icing sugar, to dust
  • You will need:
  • a 22cm springform tin, oiled and the base lined with baking parchment 


  • Heat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, 325F, gas 3. In a medium bowl, whisk the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and orange zest with 100ml warm water to make a smooth paste, then set aside. In a small bowl, mix the ground almonds, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well combined, then set aside.

  • Beat the eggs and sugar until pale and creamy, then gently fold in the flour and almond mixture until almost combined.

  • In the bowl with the cocoa mixture, gently mix the oil with a dollop of the egg mixture until well combined. Carefully fold this into the remaining egg mixture, pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes.

  • When cool enough to handle, run a knife around the inside of the tin to loosen, remove the cake and set it aside to cool on a wire rack. Decorate with orange zest strips and icing sugar. Serve with warm créme fraîche or eat warm with ice cream.

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