Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

Chocolate-Orange Loaf Cake
Photo: David Loftus
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened (10 Tbsp.)

  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup (such as Lyle's) or dark corn syrup

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

  • 2 eggs

  • Zest of 2 small oranges (1 Tbsp.) and juice of 1 small orange (3 Tbsp.)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Grease sides of pan or line with a paper loaf-pan liner.

  2. In large bowl, with electric mixer beat the butter, syrup (brush a little oil on your tablespoon measure before measuring the syrup to help remove it from spoon), and sugar until fairly smooth.

  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Beat 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients into the syrup mixture, then beat in one egg. Add another couple of spoonfuls of dry ingredients before beating in the remaining egg.

  4. Beat in remaining dry ingredients, and then add, while still beating, the orange zest. Gradually add the juice. The batter may look slightly curdled.

  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes (edges should look dry and center of cake may have dipped slightly). Cool in pan on wire rack. Carefully remove from pan and cool completely. Makes 6 servings and leftovers.


The Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake can be baked up to 3 days ahead. Wrap tightly in plastic and store in airtight container. will keep for 5 days total.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
13g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 93mg 2%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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