Sticky chocolate and orange cake by Phil Vickery

Sticky chocolate and orange cake by Phil Vickery

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Like the famous chocolate orange - but in cake form!

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
Serves: 6-8


2 RSPCA Assured labelled eggs
175g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
115g self raising flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
zest of 2 oranges
juice of 1 orange
3 tbsp icing sugar


Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, gas 4. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until pale, light and fluffy, then gradually beat in 2 eggs.

Fold in the self raising flour and cocoa powder into the mixture, then stir in 4 tbsp water and the finely grated zest of 1 orange. Pour mixture into a lined 900g/2lb loaf tin and bake as above.

Meanwhile, remove the zest of 1 orange using a zester and blanch in three changes of boiling water. Squeeze the juice of the orange into a pan, add 3 tbsp icing sugar and heat until the sugar has dissolved, then add the blanched orange zest and simmer for 3 minutes. Prick the surface of the cooked sponge, pour over the hot syrup and leave to cool.

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