Chocolate chip and orange loaf

(36 ratings)
Chocolate Chip and Orange Loaf
Chocolate Chip and Orange Loaf
  • Serves: 8-10

  • Prep time:

    (includes cooling)
  • Cooking time:

    (may need 10 mins extra)
  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Chocolate chip and orange loaf is a really simple way of making our favourite type of cake - chocolate! Using chocolate chips rather than a complete chocolate sponge, we're convinced it's less calories! The freshness of the orange flavours with the choc chips is a great combination. It's also ready to eat in just over an hour so you won't be tempted to eat the whole fridge whilst you're waiting for your choc chip orange loaf to bake!


For the cake:

  • 175g (6oz) softened butter or margarine
  • 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar
  • 175g (6oz) sifted self-raising flour
  • 5ml (1tsp) baking powder
  • Finely grated rind of 1 large orange
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 100g (4oz) plain chocolate chips

For the buttercream:

  • 75g (3oz) softened butter
  • 10ml (2tsp) finely grated orange rind
  • 175g (6oz) sifted icing sugar
  • 15ml (1tbsp) orange juice

The golden rules to remember when making all-in-one cakes like this are to add a little baking powder to give extra lift, and not to over-mix the ingredients—just beat enough to combine them to a smooth mixture.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F, gas mark 4).
  2. Place the butter or margarine, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Add the baking powder, the grated rind and eggs. Whisk with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spoon into a greased and lined 900g (2lb) loaf tin. Bake for 45-55 mins until risen and golden, and when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out on to a cooling rack.
  4. Beat 75g (3oz) softened butter with 10ml (2tsp) finely grated orange rind. Gradually beat in 175g (6oz) sifted icing sugar and 15ml (1tbsp) orange juice to make a smooth buttercream, then spread over the cake when cold.

If you fancy a plain orange cake then try our recipe.

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Deeelicious! I baked this for a bake sale at work, it was a sure winner!


Would it work just as well if i divided the mixture into two 18cm cake tins? i.e would there be enough mixture and how long would i have to cook it for?

GTK Recipes ed

Hi Pam Thanks for your comment! Instead of leaving the choc chips out of the cake, try shaking them in a little bit of flour before adding them next time. The flour should help suspend them within the cake and stop them from sinking to the bottom. Hope this helps!


This is a beautiful cake recipe but unfortunately the choc chips all sank to the bottom of the cake. Maybe next time I will omit the choc chips.


This cake tastes lovely but I have made it about four times and each time the choc chips are all at the bottom of the cake, tastes lovely but how do I stop the choc chips sinking to the bottom.

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