This orange chocolate marble loaf cake is so full of flavor and goodness that you must make it. It may very well become your next favorite dessert.
I absolutely LOVE the orange and chocolate combination. So this loaf cake will be something that I will cook very often.
It has all the goodies: orange flavor, cocoa, walnuts, raisins – and for chocolate lovers more chocolate on top.
You can also leave it plain simple or dust some powdered sugar for a change.
I made this cake first out of my family request for something sweet, preferably a loaf cake.
I had some oranges laying around and some chocolate chips somewhere in the pantry.
And the idea started to come to life: orange chocolate loaf cake it will be!
Starting to like this idea, too? Let’s get on it.
🥚 Orange Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake Ingredients
What I used for this marble cake recipe:
For the cake:
- Eggs – fresh, free range eggs
- Sugar – white or brown
- Flour – all purpose is fine
- Vegetable oil (sunflower)
- Dark cocoa – good quality is preferable
- Zest and orange juice
- Some chopped walnuts
- A handful of raisins
- Baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- Chocolate chips
- Vegetable oil (substitute with milk, butter or cream)
The story is this: I first improvised in a late evening as per request from my family.
I did not know how it will turn out, so I did not made photos of the process.
But, it turned out this was one of most delicious flavorful dessert I ever tasted. Sooo good!
I just had to take pictures of it the next morning and share it with you here on the blog.
I will leave the recipe for this first deliciousness in the recipe card.
However, there is always room for improvement. And being so tasteful I was asked to make it again but a little lighter in texture.
This time I took photos and you can see a slight difference in density and appearance.
The second time I added more orange juice (+3tbsp) and less flour (-3 tbsp).
I may have exaggerated with mixing those two batters. 😀
Nevertheless, this one was extra delish too. So, there you have it: 2 variations of the same cake. You decide which one to make.
Also, my family requested to leave the chocolate topping out for one loaf cake, as it takes some time for the glaze to cool and harden.
And not everyone is so nuts abut chocolate like me…
🍫 How To Make Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
Plump the raisins by immersing them in warm water (or add a little rum extract or orange juice). Set aside.
Prepare and line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper.
1️ Step one: Beat the eggs
Separate the eggs and beat the whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks (5 minutes). Add the sugar in batches and mix for about 5 minutes more.
Grate the zest of the oranges and juice them. Drain the raisins. Preheat oven to 350F.
Beat the yolks for a few minutes and add the oil in thin stream like when making mayonnaise.
Add the zest and 8 tbsp of orange juice to the yolks. Now it’s time to add the yolks over the whites, incorporating them slowly with a spatula.
2️ Step two: Add the flour
Next, mix the flour with the baking powder and sift it over the batter, in 2-3 batches. Leave out about 3 tsp of flour for the finishing touch.
Fold in the flour with gentle moves from bottom up, until it’s completely incorporated.
Transfer 1/3 of the batter into another bowl and add to it the cocoa powder. Mix well and incorporate all the cocoa.
In the white batter add the chopped walnuts that you mixed with those 3 tbsp of remained flour. Add the drained raisins too. Mix lightly to incorporate them into the batter.
Pour the white batter into the prepared loaf pans and then the cocoa batter on top, in a middle stream. Take a fork or a butter knife and make deep spirals to obtain the marble effect.
Don’t over mix it as I did the second time! Or do it, if you like how mine turned out. 🙂
3️ Step tree: Bake the loaf cakes
Bake the loaf cakes at 350F for about 40 minutes. Take them out and let them cool for 5 minutes. Remove from the baking pans and transfer onto a tray for decoration.
Put the chocolate chips together with 2 tbsp of sunflower oil in a small metallic bawl and let them melt and blend in the hot oven.
Or you can use the bain-marie method.
Mix well to blend the chocolate glaze and pour it over the cakes.
Spread it all over the surface and level it with a spoon or spatula. Let the marble loaf cakes cool completely.
The glaze will need overnight time to harden and set.
Or you can speed up the process by let it harden in the fridge after cooling off completely. Or just dust with icing sugar instead of glazing.
🍴 Slice And Serve The Marble Loaf Cake
Once the chocolate glaze hardens, slice as you need and serve this delicious dessert with your favorite coffee or cup of tea. Yum!!
It’s very intense, one can hardly eat 2 slices at once. These marble loaf cakes will probably get your dessert cravings covered for 3 days.
Keep them covered with cling film to maintain their freshness.
Indulge and enjoy! 🙂
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Other delicious desserts for your family:
- Romanian Chocolate Walnut Cake (for chocolate lovers)
- French Pancakes (3 ingredient crepes)
- Chocolate Salami (no bake biscuit salami)
Orange Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
- 2 loaf pans
- parchment paper
For the cake:
- 8 eggs
- 2¼ cups (450g) granulated sugar
- 2¼ cups (320g) all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (100g) chopped walnuts
- ½ cup (50g) raisins
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 8 tbsp vegetable oil (sunflower)
- 8 tbsp orange juice
- grated orange zest (from 2 oranges)
- 1¾ cup (300g) chocolate chips (for 2 loaf cakes)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil (butter,cream)
- Prepare and line 2 loaf pans. Hydrate the raisins in warm/hot water.Make the batter: separate the eggs. Beat the whites with a pinch of salt 5 minutes, until stiff peaks. Add the sugar in batches and mix to dissolve for another 5 minutes,Grate the zest and squeeze the orange juice. Drain the raisins. Preheat oven to 350F.In a separate bawl beat the yolks for a few minutes, then add the oil. Add the grated zest and the orange juice. Pour the yolks over the whites and incorporate them gently with a spatula.
- Mix the flour with the baking powder and sift it over the batter in batches. Fold the flour slowly into the batter from bottom up. Reserve 3 tbsp of flour for later. Divide the batter and transfer 1/3 into another bawl. Add cocoa powder and mix well. To the white batter add the chopped walnuts mixed with the remaining flour. Add the raisins too. Pour the white batter into the prepared baking pans and then the cocoa batter on top.Using a fork or a butter knife make deep spirals to obtain the marble effect. Don't exaggerate.
- Bake the marble loaf cakes for about 40 minutes at 350F. Remove from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes. Remove from baking pans and transfer onto a tray to decorate and glaze.For the glaze: mix the chocolate chips with the vegetable oil and let it melt into the oven or use the bain-marie method. Pour the chocolate glaze carefully over the cakes and spread it evenly to cover all the surface.Cool completely. Let the glaze harden until next day or into the fridge. Slice and serve with a cup of coffee. Enjoy!