Student cooking: Chocolate orange cake

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a chocolate cake and this tangy orange twist gives an alternative yet tasty kick.


175g margarine

175g caster sugar

3 eggs

175g self-raising flour

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of boiling water

Orange flavouring


Icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  2. Mix cocoa powder and boiling water together and leave aside to cool.
  3. Mix butter and sugar together until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs and mix again.
  5. Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture.
  6. Pour in the cocoa mixture and blend until the mixture is light brown and creamy.
  7. Split the mixture between two small cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before decorating.
  9. Mix some butter, icing sugar and a few drops of orange flavouring together to make the icing.
  10. Spread between the cake halves and on top before decorating with pieces of chocolate.

Aoibheann Diver

Image and video credit: Aoibheann Diver

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