Orange Chocolate Swirl Cake: A Decadent Delight

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you my Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe. This cake is bursting with the classic British flavours of rich chocolate and tangy orange, all swirled together in a delicious and moist pound cake.

Whether you’re an experienced baker, or just starting out, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to impress their family and friends with a tasty treat. You’ll find that the combination of chocolate and orange is just perfect – it’s not too sweet or too tart, but just right.

This Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe is very easy to prepare, and it’s a great way to showcase your baking skills. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert baker! The detailed instructions and tips I’ve provided will help you achieve the perfect texture, crumb, and flavour with ease.

So let’s dive in and start baking an exceptional Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake that will tantalise your taste buds!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake
Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

Dear food enthusiasts,

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I highly recommend trying the Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser and become a staple in your baking repertoire.

Here are just a few reasons why you will love this recipe.

Firstly, the combination of orange and chocolate is simply divine. The tartness of the orange contrasts perfectly with the richness of the chocolate, creating an explosion of flavor in each bite.

Secondly, this pound cake is incredibly moist and fluffy due to the addition of cream cheese and water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how light and airy this cake turns out.

Thirdly, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can make it as a loaf cake or in a bundt pan for a more elegant presentation. Plus, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, simply substitute self-raising flour with gluten-free flour and voila! This cake becomes accessible to everyone.

Lastly, this recipe is easy to follow and requires minimal effort. With simple ingredients like sugar, butter, eggs, cocoa powder, and orange juice; you can whip up this delicious cake in no time.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an indulgent treat that is sure to impress your guests, consider making the Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake. I guarantee you, it won’t disappoint.

So what are you waiting for? Get baking!



Ingredient List

 Chocolate and orange unite in this decadent treat
Chocolate and orange unite in this decadent treat

Before we get started with the recipe instructions, let’s take a look at the essential ingredients that you’ll need for this Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake Recipe. You might already have most of these in your pantry, but double-checking is always wise. Here is what you’ll need:

For the cake batter:

  • 2 cups (225 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup (225 grams) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of orange zest
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) of orange juice
  • 100g chocolate orange
  • a pinch of cocoa powder

For the cream cheese mixture:

  • 8 oz (226 gr.) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr.) of caster sugar
  • 1 egg

Optional Glaze (for extra sweetness):

  • 50g chocolate orange
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

The Recipe How-To

 A swirl of flavors in every slice
A swirl of flavors in every slice

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to start baking your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake. Follow these simple steps to achieve the perfect combination of fruity sweetness and rich chocolate flavor.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). This will ensure that your cake will bake evenly and be fully cooked by the time you take it out of the oven.

Step 2: Prepare the batter

Begin by making the pound cake batter. In a mixer, cream together 1 cup (225 grams) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar, until light and fluffy. Then add 4 large eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups (375 grams) self-raising flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with one cup of water, starting and ending with the dry mixture.

Step 3: Prepare the chocolate batter

Next, you’ll want to make the chocolate batter. In a separate bowl, melt 8 ounces (225 grams) of dark chocolate and allow it to cool slightly.

In another mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup (225 grams) unsalted butter with 1 cup (225 grams) caster sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in 4 large eggs, one at a time, followed by 2 cups purpose flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted together.

Stir in melted chocolate using a spatula until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Add Flavorings

Add flavorings to each of the batters to create Orange Chocolate Marble Pound Cake! To the vanilla pound cake batter, stir in 1/3 cup of orange juice, 1 tbsp. of finely grated orange zest, and 3-4 drops of orange food coloring. Mix the chocolate batter with 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Step 5: Swirl the two batters

Using a loaf pan or bundt pan, pour half of the vanilla batter into it, then top with the same amount of chocolate batter; continue alternately layering until you run out of each mixture.

To create the marble design, use a chopstick or a knife to swirl and create patterns in the batter, making sure to not overdo it to avoid both flavors merging together completely.

Step 6: Bake and Serve

Bake for 65-75 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

You can serve your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake on its own, or if you’re feeling indulgent, top it off with a dollop of

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this pound cake
Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this pound cake

Are you looking to change things up with this Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe? Here are a few substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Gluten-free option: Substitute the all-purpose flour in the recipe with gluten-free flour. You can also try using almond flour or coconut flour for a nutty flavor.

– Vegan option: Replace the eggs in the recipe with applesauce, mashed banana, or flax eggs. Use vegan cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese and sunflower oil instead of canola oil.

– Orange juice: If you want a stronger orange flavor, try replacing the water in the recipe with orange juice.

– Dark chocolate: For a richer chocolate taste, substitute the cocoa powder in the recipe with dark chocolate.

– Chocolate vanilla swirl: Instead of creating both an orange batter and a chocolate batter, you could consider creating a chocolate-vanilla swirl with your favorite vanilla pound cake recipe. Mix half of your favorite vanilla pound cake batter with the chocolate batter from this recipe, and start layering them inside your greased bundt pan. Use toothpicks to create swirls inside the cake before moving it to the oven.

Regardless of what substitutions or variations you decide on, remember that recipes are always open to experimentation! Take advantage of these options to bring out new flavors and textures in your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake. Who knows what creative twist you might add to this already delicious recipe?

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect combination of citrus and cocoa
The perfect combination of citrus and cocoa

After all the hard work that goes into baking this delicious Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake, it’s time to serve and enjoy!

This dense and moist pound cake is perfect for any occasion. Served with coffee or tea, it makes an excellent afternoon snack. It works equally well as a dessert served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

If you really want to take things up a notch and add some variety, try pairing this cake with a glass of Moscato d’Asti or Prosecco, as they both perfectly complement the notes of chocolate and orange in the cake.

For a more savory option, try having a slice of this cake alongside some sharp cheddar cheese or aged gouda. The sharpness of the cheese helps cut through the sweetness, creating a wonderful balance of flavors.

This cake is also very versatile in terms of presentation. You can slice it into small square pieces for finger food at parties or into larger slices for plated desserts. Top it with fresh berries, caramel sauce or dust it with powdered sugar to give it an extra pop visually and flavor-wise.

Just remember: whatever way you serve it up, this Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake is sure to delight taste buds and satisfy sweet tooths alike.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say hello to your new favorite dessert
Say hello to your new favorite dessert

Imagine having a slice of Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. It sounds divine, right? Well, let me tell you that it can be even more delightful when you have prepared it in advance!

This cake is perfect for making ahead of time and storing for later. Once baked, let your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake cool completely before proceeding to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or foil. You can store the wrapped cake in an airtight container on your kitchen counter for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

When you are ready to serve the cake, simply bring it out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for at least an hour so that it recovers its texture and flavor. If you prefer it warm, you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

Now, if you are planning to make this cake ahead of time but want to freeze it, good news! The Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake freezes very well. If stored properly, it can last up to three months in the freezer. Once cooled and wrapped in plastic wrap or foil, wrap it again with aluminum foil and then place it inside a freezer-safe zip-lock bag. When you are ready to eat them, defrost them overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature before reheating or serving.

In conclusion, the Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe is perfect for those who like to meal prep or just want to enjoy freshly baked bread at any time. With simple storing and reheating instructions, you can savor this delicious dessert anytime you crave it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A dessert so indulgent, it's worth the calories
A dessert so indulgent, it’s worth the calories

The success of a recipe greatly depends on the ingredients and how they are prepared. Here are some tips to ensure your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake turns out perfect every time:

1. Soften the butter and cream cheese before using them in the recipe. This will ensure that they mix well and create a smooth batter.

2. Use high-quality ingredients. The better the quality of your ingredients, the better the taste of your cake.

3. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly before adding them to the wet ingredients. This ensures that they are evenly distributed once baked.

4. Do not overmix the batter. Overmixing can make the cake tough and dry.

5. Use a bundt pan or a loaf pan instead of a regular cake pan. This ensures that the cake bakes evenly and fits well in the pan.

6. Make sure to swirl the chocolate and orange batters together smoothly to create an attractive marble effect.

7. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing it. This ensures that it holds its shape when cut.

8. For an extra burst of orange flavor, add some finely grated orange zest to the cream cheese frosting.

By following these simple tips, you can elevate your Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake from good to extraordinary!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake recipe is a dessert that you won’t want to miss. With its rich and decadent flavors of chocolate and tangy orange, it is an indulgent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a dessert to serve at a dinner party or a special occasion, this recipe is one that everyone will love.

With the helpful tips and substitutions provided in this article, it’s easy to modify the recipe to suit your preferences and dietary needs. From using gluten-free flour to swapping out the cream cheese frosting for a vegan alternative, there are endless possibilities for making this delicious cake your own.

So why not give this recipe a try? With its moist and fluffy texture and beautiful marble pattern, it is sure to impress all who taste it. Even if you’re not an experienced baker, don’t be intimidated – just follow the step-by-step instructions provided and you’ll have a beautiful and delicious Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake in no time.

Trust me, as a chef specializing in British cuisine, I know how to create the perfect delicious cake recipe that won’t disappoint. So gather your ingredients and get ready to impress with this show-stopping dessert!

Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

Orange Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake Recipe

I came up with this by accident. I was going to make an Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake (inspired by Recipe#36041). I had 2 cake mixes on the table, an orange and a marble. I wasn't watching what I was doing and before I knew it I had dumped the yellow part of the marble mix in with the rest of the cream cheese, eggs, and ORANGE extract. Oh well. Oranges and Chocolate go great together, don't they? So I added the chocolate swir; and baked it. I glazed with softened canned chocolate frosting but any chocolate or orange glaze would probably be good too.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Calories 380.4kcal


  • 1 (18 ounce) box fudge marble cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 (12 ounce) container chocolate frosting (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Put all ingredients in mixer bowl except chocolate packet from cake mix.
  • Mix with electric mixer on low until all combined, about 1 minute.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes.
  • Batter will be relatively thick.
  • Remove 1 cup of batter to a separate bowl. Mix in contents of chocolate packet from cake mix. Set aside.
  • Pour remaining batter (not chocolate) into prepared pan.
  • Pour chocolate batter on top and swirl into orange batter with an knife.
  • Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool 10 minutes in pan then on a wire rack until cooled completely.
  • When cake is cool, remove lid and foil packaging from chocolate frosting.
  • Microwave on hight at 10 second intervals until it is a pourable consistency. Be careful not to microwave it too long or it will be too runny.
  • Pour over top of cake and serve.


Serving: 134g | Calories: 380.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.1g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 22.1g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 82.8mg | Sodium: 364.3mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 33.6g

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