People are always asking me what makes a good chocolate cake and the answer is moistness and flavour and this recipe has plenty of both. Rich chocolate cake with fresh orange juice, orange curd and chocolate ganache filling. A delicious moist flavoursome chocolate cake ideal for impressing your friends and family at any occasion. This is one of the flavours that I use for my wedding cakes and it is always a popular one. It is one of my favourite born from my love of chocolate orange. Here is the recipe for you to try.

A fabulous moist cake made with freshly squeezed orange juice.

You will need

a small/medium loaf tin
8oz self raising flour
8oz Margarine
8oz caster sugar
4 eggs (beaten)
2 tablespoons of chocolate powder
1-2 oranges ( depending on the size)

For the filling:

8oz dark or milk chocolate
1/4 pint single cream
A jar of Orange Curd

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

Place your sugar and margarine in bowl and mix together until fluffy, add the egg and mix together until blended.
Sieve the flour and fold in.
Add the chocolate powder and fold in.
Halve the oranges and squeeze the juice out into a jug. Add this to your mixture bit by bit, until the mixture is nice and moist. (do not put too much in or the mixture will curdle)
Grate the orange peel into the bowl and mix in.
Grease and line a loaf tin, then pour in your mixture
Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and cook for 1 hour

While your cake is cooking, it is now time to make your chocolate ganache filling.

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

Break up your chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat proof bowl.
Pour your cream into a small saucepan and heat until it boils.
When the cream is boiling, take it off the heat and pour into the bowl of chocolate.
Stir in the chocolate and cream until it is all mixed together with no lumps.
Leave this to cool while your cake is cooking.

When the cake is cooked, turn it out of the pan and leave to cool

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

Cut your loaf in half and spread half with orange curd and half with ganache and sandwich together

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

If you have any ganache left you can use this to garnish the top and add some grated orange peel.

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake