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Chocolate & orange zest bundt cake with chocolate orange drizzle, and a dash more of Terry’s chocolate orange!

Chocolate + orange = heaven!

I have put up a few bundt cake recipes in my time now, including lemon and poppyseed or my rocky road bundt cake recipe, but something about chocolate and orange together is a marriage made in heaven.

My recipe for my chocolate orange cookies is amazingly popular, and is one of my favourite recipes ever! After the success of the cookies, I thought I would develop a cake version that would be perfect for afternoon tea, or just a cake for the week!

Bundt cake

This cake has a delicious light and moist sponge even with the flavouring – using cocoa powder gives you the flavour of the chocolate without making the cake too dense, and the orange gives it a nice citrusy zing! People often struggle with bundt cakes as they come apart in the tin, or they don’t come out at all.

There are various ways you can prepare them such as cake release spray, or melted butter and flour, or just butter and flour. I prefer the ‘low-fat oil spray’ you can get for cooking these days,  and then a tablespoon of flour on top and coated.


I find that this recipe is easy to follow, and is totally worth it in the end! I spent ages researching into chocolate bundt cake recipes, even looking at my own, but I wanted to try something else – this one is perfect for the orange flavouring! I hope you all like it too!

You can use a simpler cake recipe by using 350g of butter, and caster sugar, with 7 medium eggs, and 300g self raising flour, and 50g cocoa powder, and bake for 55 minutes at the same temperature!

Tin and bake

For this Cake, I used the Nordic Ware Cathedral cake tin, as I just thought the shape of it would also suit the segment shapes. You can use simpler cake tins or other Nordic Ware Bundt Tins, but this size is the correct size. In Nordic Ware terms, its a 9 cup batter tin. I just think using Nordic Ware tins makes things so much more special!

I bake my cake for approximately 45 minutes, making sure there are no bubbling sounds coming out of it, and testing it with a skewer to make sure its baked fully. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool fully! Sometimes cakes can get a little stuck, but leave it with the cake bottom side down, and wait to see if gravity helps! Good luck!

Terry's Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake!

Chocolate & orange zest bundt cake with chocolate orange drizzle, and a dash more of Terry's chocolate orange!
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Category: Cake
Type: Bundt Cake
Keyword: Chocolate, Christmas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Cake Ingredients

  • 350 g unsalted butter
  • 350 g light brown sugar
  • 7 medium eggs
  • 300 g self raising flour
  • 65 g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1 large orange


  • 2-3 tbsp orange juice
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • Orange zest
  • Chocolate orange segments


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and grease and flour a bundt/ring tin well – Mine was the 9 Cup Nordic Ware vaulted dome pan!!
  • Cream together the unsalted butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy
  • Mix the eggs, cocoa powder, and flour together with the sugar and butter mixture for 1 minute until combined, make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl half-way through to catch everything - I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer.
  • With the mixer on a low speed, add the orange zest and baking powder and mix until combined.
  • Pour into the tin, smooth over and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until risen and a skewer comes out clean!
  • Leave to rest for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack to cool fully.


  • Once the cake is cooled, mix together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and orange juice until you reach a smooth consistency
  • Pour over the bundt cake and smooth/spread over. Add on a few chocolate orange segments and sprinkles over some orange zest. Serve, and eat it all!


  • I sometimes put in chopped up chunks of chocolate orange into the cake as well, but I wouldn’t put more than 1 as it might moisten the cake too much and make it hard to get out of the tin!
  • This will last in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature!
  • I used the 9 Cup Nordic Ware vaulted dome pan!
  • Original recipe
    • Cake: 100g cocoa powder, 200ml boiling water, 5 medium eggs, 1tbsp vanilla extract, 275g unsalted butter, 340g self raising flour, 2tsp baking powder, 500g caster sugar, Zest of 1 orange. Decoration: Zest of 1 orange, 1 Terrys chocolate orange (melted), Chocolate orange segments, Sprinkles
    • Mix the cocoa powder and water together to create a paste and leave to the side. Mix the eggs, vanilla and butter together with the cocoa powder mixture until combined. Whilst mixing, add the self raising flour, sugar, orange zest and baking powder and mix until combined. Pour into the tin and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Leave too cool fully. Once cooled, melted the chocolate orange and pour it over the cake. Add a few chocolate orange segments for decoration and some sprinkles and zest and ENJOY!


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  1. Angela on April 26, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Would this work in the tin that’s used for your lemon and blueberry Bundt cake ?
    Thanks 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2023 at 8:10 am

      Hiya! Yes as long as the bundt tine is the same size, any will work!

  2. Jean Coope on December 22, 2022 at 2:34 am

    4 stars
    I was told the cake was a little dry so next time I’m going to follow your suggestions and make a paste from the cocoa powder and put a chocolate orange in it as well. The tin is fantastic thanks for recommending it and I used the PME cake release simply brushed in and it worked a treat.

  3. Angela GRIFFITHS on October 3, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Hi Jane .
    Can this chocolate orange cake be frozen please.?.

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      Hiya! Yes absolutely, for up to 3 months! Hope this helps! x

  4. kizza on October 8, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Hi, could a hand held electric whisk be used instead of an electric mixer? I don’t have one and want to make sure this won’t affect the recipe significantly. I love your recipes by the way 🙂

    • MRS C WORSDELL on December 10, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      Hi, I have large eggs not medium can I use instead and how will affect the recipe quantity please.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 20, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Hiya! Use 4 large eggs instead and this should be fine! Enjoy! x

  5. Louise Rowling on January 1, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve now tried twice to do a Bundt cake – the lemon/poppy and chocolate orange. Both times I’ve been unable to get the cake out whole from the Bundt tin (Nordic) without it all breaking up? The first time I used oil spray & flour and the second time I used melted butter and icing flour 😞

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Have a look at Nancy Birthwhistles lining paste recipe – it’s a homemade paste and it works well!

  6. Ruth Hughes on December 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for Christmas Day pud this Christmas…first time making a Bundt Cake so was VERY worried!however this was a very easy recipe to follow,if a little bit laborious.However,it was SO worth it.gorgeous cake that everybody enjoyed

  7. Eva on December 12, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Hi Jane, do you know if it’s possible to amend the recipe for a mini bundt cake tin? If yes, by how much would you suggest reducing any of the ingredients and cooking time?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 12, 2020 at 10:09 am

      You can use the recipe for that, but the timing/ingredients depends on the tin unfortunately!

  8. Jane on May 16, 2020 at 12:26 am

    You say that you put choc chunks in but no more than 1. Do you mean 1 whole choc orange?

  9. Ann on December 22, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Hi Jane, do you have a recipe for a fudgy choc Yule log baked in the Nordic Yule log tin please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 22, 2019 at 9:02 am

      I would use any recipe I have for a bundt tin, such as this one!

  10. Ann on December 22, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Hi Jane, do you have a recipe for the chocolate log Bundt tin please?

  11. Faye on February 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I know this may sound silly, but I don’t have a tin like this could you bake it in a normal round tin xx

  12. Rebecca on December 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I just tried this using the same tin but it took 1 hour 15 mins to pass the skewer test. Also part of it stuck and I’ve managed to piece it together without it being noticeable. Do you think it will still last? Hoping to use it for a friends birthday on Friday . Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Yeah I’m sure it will still last in a container. x

  13. Haffajaffa on August 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Looks fabulous. Is it possible to use melted chocolate in this cake rather than cocoa powder? I sometimes find cocoa powder makes a cake dry.

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      The cake won’t be dry – I would stick to the recipe. You make a paste out of the cocoa powder, so it prevents any ‘dryness’

    • Hafsa Ahmad on August 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Jane,
      I made this cake and took it on holiday. My family loved it! Perfectly moist.

  14. Whisked Away on May 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I keep seeing recipes for chocolate and orange, it must be the “IT” combination of the season, and for good reason! They really are a match made in heaven 🙂 Looks delicious!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Thank you! And I agree, it’s like a sort of obsession at the moment, but I’ve always loved it!

    • cookingwithteamj on May 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      I was just going to say the same thing! For some strange reason chocolate and orange go really well together…

  15. sugarandsam on May 14, 2015 at 12:33 am

    So creative! This looks great.


  16. mrsaubergine on May 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Books, Baking & Other Objects of Beauty and commented:
    As Jane says, Chocolate + orange + cake = YES! Definitely going to try this one 🙂

    • Susan on February 29, 2020 at 6:04 pm


      I’ve just tried to make this, I used a silicone mould and it stuck badly and all came apart, do you have any idea why it happened?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 29, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      If the silicone mould wasn’t greased correctly it can stick – but generally I prefer using real tins to silicone!

  17. kristenchan0921 on May 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I’m crazy about combining. Chocolate and orange! Your cake looks fantastic 😉

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much! And combining flavours is so good!

  18. Sharon - creativityandfamily on May 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    My mouth is watering! x

  19. Garance on May 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    My mouth is watering! This is so unfair, I want to just pluck the cake out from the screen! :’D

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      If that was possible I think I would be the happiest person on earth haha, thank you!

  20. MealsWithMel on May 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm


  21. Ema Jones on May 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    It seems you are very fond of desserts like me!

  22. thesnowwoman on May 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering, this looks amazing.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 it was so delicious!

  23. This Cake is Desi on May 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Looks gorgeous.

  24. aleciabakes on May 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    that looks lovely!

  25. Natascha's Palace on May 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Ok, I will bring the tea and I will order an extra large slice haha. Have to have my vitamin C!?

  26. MrsKStanton on May 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Oh wow! I could do with a slice of this and a nice cup of tea!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 13, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Haha thank you!! I must say, its a delicious combination with a cuppa! 🙂

  27. AnaLuciaSilva on May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Looks delicious =)

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