Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

This super rich, moist chocolate orange loaf cake will fulfil all your chocolate dreams. Decadent and intense … this is for all the chocolate lovers out there.

Sliced chocolate orange loaf on white marble board with a couple of slices lain down.
Make the Chocolate Orange Loaf
STEP 1. Prepare pan and orange sugar. Grease the base and sides of a 2lb loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper leaving an inch or more of the paper to overhang the sides to form a sling later on (Image 1). It makes it way easier to lift the cake out once baked.

STEP 2. Rub the orange zest and sugar together. Add the white sugar and orange zest into a large mixing bowl. With your fingertips, rub the two together for a minute until fragrant and the sugar is a pale orange colour (Image 2).

Collage showing prepared loaf pan with baking paper.
STEP 3. Whip the eggs, sugar, and orange extract. Add the brown sugar, both eggs, and orange extract into the mixing bowl with the citrus sugar and whip the eggs until they turn light, pale, and aerated.

If doing this by hand, don’t whisk for less than a minute. We want lots of air in the mixture! This is your arm workout for the day! (Images 3 & 4)

STEP 4. Mix in yogurt and oil. Add the yogurt and the oil into the mixing bowl and whisk until just combined (Images 5 & 6).

Glass mixing bowl with ingredients to make a cake batter being whisked together.
STEP 5. Sift in dry ingredients. Keep it simple and sift the dry ingredients directly into our mixing bowl (less washing up). Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt through a fine-mesh sieve onto the mixture. (Image 7 ).

Fold through with a rubber spatula until a few flour streaks remain.

STEP 6. Add in chopped chocolate. Throw the chopped chocolate into the bowl and fold through until just combined (Images 8 & 9 ). Pour into prepared pan (Image 10).

Chocolate cake batter with chocolate chunks whisked together in glass bowl.
STEP 7. Bake. Bake the loaf in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. The sponge should have a slight spring when pressed in the middle and a toothpick inserted should come out with a few moist crumbs but no batter (Images 11 & 12).

If after 30 minutes the top looks like it’s browning too quickly, then tent the pan in aluminium foil. Cool in the pan for ten minutes before using the paper sling to lift out the loaf and cool completely on a wire rack.

Collage showing chocolate loaf cake in a loaf pn before baking and once fully baked.
STEP 8. Make the ganache and decorate. Add the chocolate, butter, and cream into a bowl and microwave in 20-second increments, stirring in-between until melted and combined (Images 13 & 14).

Pour the ganache over the Chocolate Orange Loaf and smooth over. Then sprinkle over some orange zest as garnish (optional). (Images 15 & 16)

Chocolate ganache being made in white ceramic bowl by hand.

▢2 lb loaf pan 23 x 14cm (9 x 5.5-inch)
▢Large mixing bowl

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