Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

This Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake will brighten up even the dullest winter day. Richly chocolaty with a strong orange flavor, this simple little cake is perfect with an afternoon cup of tea. 

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Units Scale
  • 150 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 175 grams dark brown sugar
  • 150 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange


  1. Preheat your oven to 170C (350F) and line a loaf tin with parchment. If you can get those cute loaf tin liners, they work great.
  2. Beat together the the butter, golden syrup, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer for several minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
  4. With the mixer on lower, add a big spoonful of the flour mixture followed by an egg and beat until combined. Add another scoop or two of flour and the second egg, and then finally mix in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  5. Scrape down the sides of your bowl, then zest your orange into the batter and squeeze in the orange juice. Give it all one last spin with the mixture until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into your waiting pan and bake for 40 minutes. It's okay if your cake tester comes out with a few bits.
  7. Allow it to cool before slicing and eating with tea.



  • Golden syrup is extremely sticky, but a dab of vegetable oil in your tablespoon will help the syrup pour out more easily.

Keywords: Chocolate, Orange, Cake

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