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


  1. Heat orange juice in microwave for 30 seconds or so until warm. Add cocoa powder. Stir until combined. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a mixer with whip until well incorporated.
  3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients while mixing. Scrape well and mix on low speed 2 minutes.
  4. Add cocoa mixture and orange peel and mix 1 more minute.
  5. Let batter rest 1 hour.
  6. Grease and flour pans and bake for 40 minutes.


Frecklepuss Says... 2009-09-17 07:37:15

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

anamado Says... 2010-02-08 12:02:01

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

ADBakedGoods Says... 2010-02-16 11:40:11

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

lkern777 Says... 2010-03-30 10:20:55

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... 2010-04-17 20:24:13

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... 2010-05-20 04:53:51

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

punkinsmowmy Says... 2010-06-20 09:00:31

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... 2010-08-07 18:45:43

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

JustCallMeGidge Says... 2010-09-09 03:17:52

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... 2010-12-11 07:42:01

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... 2011-05-03 21:05:45

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... 2012-01-15 00:09:30

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

avrotier Says... 2012-09-23 12:59:38

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

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