This is a very tasty, very moist recipe that I found on CC and modified to make it orange, everyone in my family LOVED it.

Chocolate Orange Cake


  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 1/4 ts baking soda
  • 1 c orange juice
  • 1/2 c dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 3/4 c oil
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 2 ts vanilla
  • 2 tbsp grated orange peel


    Heat orange juice in microwave for 30 seconds or so until warm. Add cocoa powder. Stir until combined. Allow to cool.

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a mixer with whip until well incorporated.
  2. Combine buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients while mixing. Scrape well and mix on low speed 2 minutes.
  3. Add cocoa mixture and orange peel and mix 1 more minute.
  4. Let batter rest 1 hour.
  5. Grease and flour pans and bake for 40 minutes.


Frecklepuss Says... 17 Sep 2009 , 7:37am

How many cups does this recipe make or what size pans were used?

anamado Says... 8 Feb 2010 , 12:02pm

This cake is awesome!!!! It has a real gourmet flavour and texture!!! Love it, love it!

ADBakedGoods Says... 16 Feb 2010 , 11:40am

What kind of frosting did you use for the cake? Just a chocolate?

lkern777 Says... 30 Mar 2010 , 10:20am

I made this cake for my son's birthday cake. It was really good. I only gave it 9 stars because the cooking time was too long. Mine was done after only 30 minutes at 350 in two 8" pans. The flavor was great. I used an orange cream cheese filling and chocolate buttercream icing. Next time I will probably add a little orange extract to give it a little more punch, but I got rave reviews as is. I will also make a dark chocolate buttercream next time too. Thanks for the recipe. This is a keeper.

CHACHI28 Says... 17 Apr 2010 , 8:24pm

sorry for my ingnorance,but how to fine the buttermilk, under what names i can find it, I just a beginner and this recipe is perfect!!!!thank you!!!

MommaDukes Says... 20 May 2010 , 4:53am

Buttermilk is in the dairy section, it says buttermilk +)

punkinsmowmy Says... 20 Jun 2010 , 9:00am

If you don't have buttermilk, you can buy dry buttermilk in the baking section or ***add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (or white vinegar) to 1 cup of milk and let sit for 15 minutes.***

stalbertsusie Says... 7 Aug 2010 , 6:45pm

Amazing cake. I topped it with a ganache. Soooo good!

JustCallMeGidge Says... 9 Sep 2010 , 3:17am

Great cake!!! ALthough I made the mistake of frosting it in a choclate cream cheese broke in half! All my own fault. lol The flavor was fantastic! I also used 2 8" pans at 350 for 30mins then baked more as needed. I also used half vanilla and half orange extract instead of all vanilla. my family loved it....and oh my gosh was it MOIST!!!!! I live in 115+ heat and it is dry in AZ, so alot of cakes are not as moist as they could be. this one blew me away. It has a place in my little recipe stash!

katiasophie Says... 11 Dec 2010 , 7:42am

Fantastic cake! I took out 1 ts of vanilla and replace it by the same quantity of Grand Marnier (orange liquor). It gave it a nice twist. I also added 2 tbsp of the orange pulp I had left from my squizzed oranges (for the 1 t orange juice asked in the original recipe).

SassyZinger Says... 3 May 2011 , 9:05pm

AMAZING CAKE!! Nice and dense with scrumptious flavor!!! I just made it a couple of days ago for co-workers and am already receiving requests for it again! Thanks for posting this recipe!!

Mrscoolhands Says... 15 Jan 2012 , 12:09am

Fabulous recipe. Soft, moist & tasty. Loved it!

avrotier Says... 23 Sep 2012 , 12:59pm

Made this last night - it is delicious. The batter is like candy. Thank you for sharing.

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