Recipe: Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

Hedel Frank combines two of our favorite flavors (chocolate and orange) in her recipe for this deliciously retro dessert.

Hedel Frank, the marketing guru and foodie behind @bringthefoodout, shares her recipe for a deliciously retro cake that features a mouth-watering combo of chocolate and orange. Fluffy, chocolatey and surprisingly easy to make, it’s perfect for pretty much every occasion! Warning: it’s seriously addictive.



  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F). Meanwhile, grease cake tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Pour about 10cm of water into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
  3. Once water is simmering, add the chocolate and stir gently until completely melted.
  4. Once melted, set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and creamy.
  6. Add the orange zest and eggs, one at a time, beating well in between.
  7. Then, add the milk, flour and baking powder and mix until well combined.
  8. Add 4 or 5 tablespoons of the cake batter to the bowl of melted chocolate.
  9. Then, drop 3 tablespoons of the cake and chocolate mixture into the cake tin, followed by 3 tablespoons of cake batter. Repeat until all cake batter and chocolate mixture has been transferred to the cake tin.
  10. Gently, swirl a knife through the mixture once or twice.
  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack.
  13. When the cake is cold, dust with coco powder to taste.


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