Chocolate and Orange Cake

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 81KCAL

Our Chocolate and Orange Cake will satisfy any sweet cravings and is the perfect slimming friendly treat whether you’re counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories81
  • Carbs8g
  • Protein5g
  • Fat4g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars1g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Our Chocolate and Orange Cake will satisfy any sweet cravings and is the perfect slimming friendly treat whether you’re counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

The method is pretty much the same as our Lemon Drizzle Cake, just replace the lemon with an orange and add some cocoa powder. Cocoa powders vary in their nutritional values so just be sure to check the Points/Calories of whichever you choose to use.

Serve this up with some ice cream or a nice coffee for a slimming friendly treat!

We’ve got loads of “loaf” cake recipes – why not try one of these too?

What diets is this Chocolate and Orange Cake suitable for?

This Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe is suitable for dairy free and vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Self raising flour

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Chocolate and Orange Cake recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chocolate and Orange Cake?

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If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.

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We use Sukrin 1 which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin 1 over on Amazon UK. Sukrin 1 doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar.

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That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

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How many Calories are in this Chocolate and Orange Cake?

There are 81 Calories per portion in this Chocolate and Orange Cake, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Chocolate and Orange Cake is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Remove the zest from the orange using a hand grater and separate the egg whites from the yolks.

Step 2

Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sweetener (reserve 1 teaspoon for the drizzle) the orange zest, juice of 1/2 the orange and 5 egg yolks. If this mixture is a bit dry then you can add a little water to make it easier to mix in the whisked egg whites.

Step 3

In another bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

Step 4

Gently fold the egg whites into the flour and egg yolk mixture, until they are mixed evenly.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin (we lined the bottom with baking parchment and gave it a quick spray with Low calorie cooking spray just in case).

Step 6

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180ºC until golden brown or until the knife comes out clean. Don’t be tempted to check it before 25 minutes or the cake will sink!

Step 7

While the cake is cooking, mix the remaining sweetener with the rest of the orange juice and heat on low in a sauce pan.

Step 8

When the cake is done (to check insert a knife and it should come out clean) remove it from the oven, turn the heat down to 100ºC then pour the orange syrup over the top of the cake and put it back in for another 10 minutes.

Step 9

Leave to cool, and then cut into 8 equal slices.

What could I serve alongside this Chocolate and Orange Cake?

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How do you know when this Chocolate and Orange Cake is cooked?

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180ºC until golden brown or until the knife comes out clean. Don’t be tempted to check it before 25 minutes or the cake will sink!

When the cake is done (to check insert a knife and it should come out clean) remove it from the oven, turn the heat down to 100ºC then pour the orange syrup over the top of the cake and put it back in for another 10 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chocolate and Orange Cake in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chocolate and Orange Cake in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Chocolate and Orange Cake?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following:

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

To defrost allow to thaw in the fridge before serving.

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Chocolate and Orange Cake

Our Chocolate and Orange Cake will satisfy any sweet cravings and is the perfect slimming friendly treat whether you’re counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 81
  • Carbs 8G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

  • 50 g self raising flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 large orange
  • 5 eggs

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Instructions

  1. Remove the zest from the orange using a hand grater and separate the egg whites from the yolks.
  2. Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sweetener (reserve 1 teaspoon for the drizzle) the orange zest, juice of 1/2 the orange and 5 egg yolks. If this mixture is a bit dry then you can add a little water to make it easier to mix in the whisked egg whites.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the flour and egg yolk mixture, until they are mixed evenly.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin (we lined the bottom with baking parchment and gave it a quick spray with low calorie cooking spray just in case).
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180ºC until golden brown or until the knife comes out clean. Don't be tempted to check it before 25 minutes or the cake will sink!
  7. While the cake is cooking, mix the remaining sweetener with the rest of the orange juice and heat on low in a sauce pan.
  8. When the cake is done (to check insert a knife and it should come out clean) remove it from the oven, turn the heat down to 100ºC then pour the orange syrup over the top of the cake and put it back in for another 10 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool, and then cut into 8 equal slices.

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Joan ThomasonMonday 26th March 2018

Loved the choc orange cake so light and airy and a great taste .satisfied my sweet cravings .can you freeze the cake in slices .

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JustineSaturday 24th February 2018

Is 180 degrees fan oven temp?

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GWEN CLEMESTuesday 20th February 2018

Thankful so much Kay for this wonderful recipe, I’ve just made my second one, I have it with walls light scream ans strawberry yogurt, best cake, not eggy, once again thankful.xxx

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EileenThursday 9th November 2017

Hi I made this cake today for our taster class tonight it turned out ok needs more hilights chocolate but it didn’t taste of cake it was more moussy cake but ok I will put more chocolate in next time

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Sophie WilliamsSunday 1st October 2017

I made this and it literally tasted of nothing ????

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simThursday 14th September 2017

Mine turned out like flavoured omelette, where did i go wrong 🙁

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RebeccaSunday 23rd April 2017

I can’t seem to get the consistency right even though I folded in the egg whites following the directions. The yolk/flour mixture sank to the bottom making the texture uneven. I use gluten free flour. Any tips?

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KerryMonday 10th April 2017

Hi could you use orange extract in side the cake aswell

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LeanneThursday 9th March 2017

ive made this twice now and when making the cocoa mixture it becomes so dry i cant mix it properely despite adding 2 extra egg yolks, eventually i have to add water just to make it a runny consistancy, is there anything im doing wrong the cakes coes out great in the end though 🙂

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    KateFriday 10th March 2017

    Hi Leanne
    It may be the size of the eggs, But if you find that the it is too dry to mix then adding a little water is fine

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Karen NisbetMonday 6th March 2017

Sorry if Iv missed this in the instructions but what size loaf tin are you using , 1kb or 2lb? Thankyou. x

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    KateMonday 6th March 2017

    Hi Karen
    It’s a 2lb loaf tin

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KateMonday 16th January 2017

Hi Lisa,
I really depends on the brand of sweetener you are using. Sukrin works on a 1 to 1 basis with normal sugar, but other sweeteners will need a less. Sukrin is the same weight and consistency of normal sugar, but other granulated sweeteners are much finer and do not weigh as much so it’s probably a good idea to check the website for the brand you are using to find out the exact conversions.

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NikkiMonday 24th October 2016

Just checking is it only 1tsp of sweetener for the syrup?

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ClaireMonday 17th October 2016

Just a but confused regarding the 35g of sweetener , if you use that in the cake , what “remainder” is to be used for the syrup?

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    KateTuesday 18th October 2016

    Hi Claire,

    We have made some changes to the recipes to accommodate the new recommendations from SW re the use of granulated sweeteners. As SW are working in tablespoons we are adjusting the quanities on our recipes to make it easier to follow the recommendations.
    You will need to reserve 1 teaspoon of sweetener for the drizzle. The recipe has now been adjusted to reflect these changes

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Shelley clipsonWednesday 12th October 2016

Made this at the weekend, took some in to work and they enjoyed it too ( they’re not on sw either ). Loved it. Kept well in a cake tin for a few days after and was great to have with a mid morning coffee.

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ninaTuesday 4th October 2016

Does it taste eggy made quite a few cakes and they really taste eggy would love this thanks

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plasterer bristolSunday 11th September 2016

This sounds delicious, been looking for a decent cake recipe to make, thanks for sharing.

Simon

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LauraThursday 25th August 2016

I made this cake this morning, it was so easy and delicious. Will definitely be making it again. Highly recommended.

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    KateThursday 1st September 2016

    Hi Laura,
    Glad you liked it and it is really easy to make isn’t it!

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Gemma Anne DouglasThursday 11th August 2016

Can you put the recipe On my email address ok

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Shefa BegumTuesday 9th August 2016

Hi i was wandering will the recipe work if i replace the cocoa with Cadbury high lights?

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Sarah RiversMonday 8th August 2016

If using sweetener is the 45g still needed or less?

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Maureen FrostMonday 1st August 2016

Hi there.
Going give this lovely sounding cake a go!!

I seem to recall on a previous post that you
gave details of where to purchase Sukrin and
something else useful ( I think!?)

Can you please help?

Many thanks

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CathSaturday 16th July 2016

Could I use choc shot orange instead of zest of orange? I only have tangerines in ????, excited to try

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Eleanor AnwyllThursday 7th July 2016

Can I get the recipe that I can copy video goes too quick thank-you xxx

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    KayThursday 7th July 2016

    It’s just above where you’re reading this comment 🙂

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Angela stothardWednesday 29th June 2016

Hi I thought I would let you know I tried the choc and orange cake and it’s delicious thankyou for giving out these recipes they are brill

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    KateThursday 30th June 2016

    Hi Angela, It’s our pleasure, and we’re really glad you like the cake. Plenty more recipes to come 🙂

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JoWednesday 22nd June 2016

Oh ok, thank you. Not seen it in any shops. Thanks again

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JoTuesday 21st June 2016

Hi, what is sukrin please? Thanks

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    KateTuesday 21st June 2016

    Hi Jo,
    Sukrin is an all natural sugar alternative, so it doesn’t have that nasty artificial taste that other sweeteners do.

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Marie BoyceTuesday 21st June 2016

Looks yummy love chic/ orange must try it ! Thanks for sharing x

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    KateTuesday 21st June 2016

    Hi Marie,
    No problem. It is rather nice, and doesn’t have that horrible eggy texture that a lot of SW recipes have 🙂

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