Delicious Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

A delicious, moist chocolate orange cake is perfect for a dinner party or an after-dinner treat.

This easy chocolate orange cake recipe uses a boxed cake mix and can be whipped together in less than 30 minutes!

This is my current favorite cake. It’s a moist chocolate orange cake that is delicious and served with coffee or tea. Each bite is filled with flavor, and the orange zest stands out.

Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe
Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

Serve this cake at your next gathering, or make it for yourself for a special treat!

How To Prepare Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe?

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 25 min

Yield: 10 slices


  • heavy skillet (9 inches),
  • round casserole dish (8 inches),
  • ingredient measuring cups,
  • wooden spoon

Ingredients For Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Zest one orange, finely grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation Of Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe:

Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, oil, salt, and poppy seeds.

Step 2: Whisk in the baking powder and orange juice. Combine thoroughly.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In your heavy skillet over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and stir into batter.

Step 4: In a separate bowl, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until frothy. Add the egg to the batter and stir gently.

Step 5: Pour the batter into your prepared casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Step 6: To make the orange glaze, combine the rest of your 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with the zest of 1 orange and another teaspoon of orange extract.

Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted and smooth.

Step 7: Pour glaze over the cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts Of Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

  • Calories: 380
  • Total Fat: 13 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 60 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Sugar: 59 grams
  • Protein: 5.5 grams.

What Frosting Do You Recommend For This Cake?

This cake has many frosting options, but I prefer chocolate buttercream. It’s also very adaptable. You can change the flavor and texture by adding fruit preserves or other flavorings to the frosting.

I like my chocolate orange cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, but if you want to use something different – go for it! Buttered pecan frosting, homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting,

Do Orange And Chocolate Go Together?

One of the great things about chocolate orange cake is that the two food colors complement each other beautifully. The zest of orange looks like gold dust in every bite.

On top of that, the moist chocolate cake – with its wonderful wavy lines on top and bottom.

What Flavors Pair Best With Orange?

While orange pairs well with chocolate, it also has a wide range of other flavor matches. Here are some of the most popular pairings for orange:

1. Vanilla:

Vanilla is the classic pairing for orange. Vanilla orange cake or vanilla, orange cookies are a delicious combination.

2. Coffee:

Orange and coffee go well together, partially because they’re both citrus fruits and have energizing qualities.

An orange coffee cake or even an iced coffee would be fantastic to serve at brunch or on a holiday occasion

3. Red Wine:

Orange and wine pair well together for a casual, rustic, homey feel. They’re also a very classic pairing.

4. Pepper:

Orange and pepper are often used in Asian cooking. They add spiciness to dishes that complement the sweet fruit flavor of oranges.

5. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon goes great with oranges, and that’s why it’s often used in sweet oranges like clementines or satsumas

6. Banana:

Bananas and oranges work well together. Try homemade banana bread with orange zest toppings or even banana pancakes.

7. Brown Sugar:

Orange and brown sugar are great, especially when combined in a cake like this chocolate orange cake recipe!

8. Apple:

Apple is another fruit that goes well with oranges, and that’s why it’s often used in sweet oranges like clementines or satsumas. This combination is popular for fruit salads, for example.


This was one of my favorite cakes growing up. Sometimes it’s hard to find a satisfying dessert that is moist, light, and not too sugary.

The chocolate orange cake recipe pulled all of these qualities together and made a great cake for any occasion.

One suggestion for this cake is to use higher quality chocolate than you might normally use if you’re making this at home.