Chocolate and orange marble cake

(84 ratings)
Chocolate and orange marble layer cake
Chocolate and orange marble layer cake
  • Serves: 8

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

This chocolate and orange marble cake is perfect for lovers of Jaffa cakes - but come on, who doesn't love Jaffa cakes?! Chocolate and orange blend together perfectly in this easy to make marble cake, perfect as a teatime treat or something to serve to friends and family (if you can bring yourself to share it)! Our favourite part of this delicious orange and chocolate cake is the icing - drizzling melted chocolate and orange peel over the top, how could anyone resist this marble cake? Looks good and tastes amazing - the perfect combination!


  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder blended with 2tbsp hot water

For the icing:

  • 100g (4oz) plain chocolate
  • 15g ( oz) butter
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • Strips of orange rind, for decoration

Invest in a set of measuring spoons: it's vital that quantities are exact when making this cake.


  1. Put the sugar, butter, flour, baking powder and eggs in a bowl. Beat with an electric whisk for 3 to 4 mins until pale and creamy.
  2. Transfer half the mixture into a second bowl. Into this mixture, fold the orange juice and rind. Fold the cocoa into the first bowl.
  3. Spoon the two mixtures randomly into a greased, lined 18 x 25cm (7 x 10in) cake tin. Draw a knife through the mixture to create the marble effect.
  4. Bake at 180C (350F, gas mark 4) for 35 to 40 mins until firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. For the icing, place the chocolate, butter and syrup in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth and leave to thicken.
  6. Spread over the cake. Cut into 8 slices and decorate with orange rind.

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Hi I used to eat this at Cafe Dante too when I was a child and was looking for the recipe for exactly the same reason!

Robert Fulton

Icing needs looking at as when I done it, mine never thickened and set like the one in the picture. It was still soft and slumpy, any ideas on this please.

Ana Maria

first attempt worked pretty nice


This is a lovely recipe and is so easy to do. It tastes amazing afterwards too!


im currently on maternity leave and so bored of putting my feet up 24/7 thanks to swollen ankles that i decided to do something so i was looking for a recipe that didnt involve vanilla escence and found this. Was great as had all the ingrediants i needed except i used orange and mango juice as didnt have just orange. Its currently cooking as i type and i just cheaked on ity and it looks lush cant wait to try it hopefully baby will liek it aswell haha. thanks x


fantastic - I have been dreaming about making this cake for years (used to eat in at Cafe Dante in London when I was a student). I found recipes which required a special type of tin to separate the two colours (too complicated). This is the best recipe by far - thanks so much for sharing it


Thank you for sharing with us this recipe. I've tried it and posted it in my blog with credit given to your site. Thank you. Regards, MamaFaMi


hi, i'm only 15 but when i'm at my dad's house i like to bake and see good results. This seems like a simple cake to make and hopefuly it will be. i carn't think of much to say right now but i'm making this cake tomorow (11th August), so i hope it goes well. Thank you!!

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