chocolate orange loaf cake

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

My chocolate orange loaf cake is moist, light and fluffy, with a deep chocolate flavour and is topped with a generous tangy marmalade glaze for extra orange joy. If you’re a fan of chocolate orange, this is not one to miss!

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

Not your average loaf cake

Are you a fan of Terry’s chocolate orange? Well, first of all, please let me welcome you with open arms: you are in brilliant company! I’m a HUUUUUUGE fan of anything chocolate, but Terry’s has a special place in my heart. So much so, the flavour combination has influenced bakes I’ve shared with you in the past: my cookies and my shortbread.

So, of course, I thought it was high time I share with you a cake version with these flavours in, and here we are! Now, the difference with this cake is, as with my shortbread, I use no actual chocolate orange by Terry’s, but give this cake all the flavour using cocoa and real orange (both the zest and the juice). The great thing about doing it this way means I never have to go hunting for those little beautiful chocolate delights, I can just make it with ingredients I normally have at home. Bonus!

How to make my chocolate orange loaf cake

Oh, have I mentioned this little gem is super simple to make too? Just mix your zest and sugar, cream in butter before mixing in the remaining dry ingredients. Separately, mix the wet, then add them together, beat and bake. That’s it for making a cake, that really is all there is to it!

And for the glaze, depending on your marmalade, you can just heat and spread or thin it a little with some warm water before spreading lashings of that gorgeous stuff over the top of your loaf.

I like to add a little extra orange on top, but of course this is totally optional. I just love how pretty it looks! And I actually find this cake tastes better the next day, without drying out at all. Leaving it for a few hours for the marmalade to slightly soak into the top of the cake makes it extra deliciously chocolate orange, honestly worth the extra wait!

And there it is. Gorgeous, tempting chocolate orange loaf cake can be yours so much easier than you think!

Thanks for joining me today, and happy baking! x

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

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Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by movers and bakers Course: DessertCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy


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Rich chocolate pairs perfectly with sweet zesty orange in this heavenly loaf cake!


  • 200 g (1 cup) caster sugar

  • 1 large orange, zest and juice

  • 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 175 g (1 cup+1 tbsp) plain (all-purpose) flour

  • 40 g (¼ cup+2 tbsp) cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 125 g (½ cup) yoghurt (I use Greek yoghurt)

  • 6-8 tbsp marmalade (more if you wish!)


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a 2lb loaf tin, then set it aside.
  • In your mixing bowl, tip in your sugar then zest in the orange. Give it a mix to combine the oils and flavours of orange into your sugar. Add in the butter and beat your butter and sugar until fluffly.
  • Sift in your dry ingredient and beat until your mixture resembles damp sand. In a separate bowl, mix together your eggs and yoghurt, then pour and mix into your cocoa mixture in two parts, beating in between each addition. Squeeze in the orange juice and beat again to combine. Turn the speed up and beat on high for 30 seconds, then pour your cake mixture into your prepared pan.
  • Bake your cake in your preheated oven for 50-60 minutes (mine takes 55 minutes) until a wooden skewer comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Cool completely.
  • Heat your marmalade up until slightly warm and stir until smooth. Spread over the top of your cooled cake and decorate with chocolate shavings and orange curls if desired. Enjoy!

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