Sweetie Darling

Bake Off Make Off Week 1- Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

Date - 27th August 2016 / Author - Billie / Category - Bake Off Make Off, Recipes

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake Recipe

The Great British Bake Off. How did we wait a year for it to be back?

The familiar comfort that washes over you when the theme music starts, like seeing an old friend after too long apart. Who in the nation wasn’t sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and big smile plastered across their face as GBBO 2016 finally started?

Week 1 saw the bakers make a classic bake, a household favourite, the understated drizzle cake.

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake Mix

The technical challenge then requested that the bakers make a batch of Jaffa Cakes. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know Jaffa Cakes could be homemade. I’ve only ever known them from the packet and I’ve never actually liked Jaffa Cakes but maybe that’s why. If I were to try one of Mary Berry’s, would my Jaffa world be turned upside down?

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake Marble

The final task, the showstopper round, was a mean first round showstopper! A genoise sponge with mirror glaze. I’ve made this kind of cake once before and the genoise was rubbery enough to bounce, which apparently is down to over-baking according to ol’ Silver Fox, Pauly H.

The contestants did so well with the showstopper and they almost inspired me to have another go.


I then realised, it’s bank holiday weekend, who wants to spend a day stressing over a genoise and a glossy mirror glaze finish?

So in honour of GBBO Week 1, I have gone back to basics with a drizzle cake. A simple, classic, quick and easy bake that is delicious enough to please the whole family.

The most classic drizzle is a tart lemon drizzle. Can you beat it? Probably not, although an orange drizzle is also a dream, both refreshing and more-ish.

I started thinking, what other flavours could I make a drizzle cake with?

Chocolate orange.. would that work as a drizzle cake? Perhaps… if I marbled orange sponge together with chocolate sponge and drizzled orange syrup over it…

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake Syrup

I tried it and it looked good enough. It smelt really good! I asked Chaz (my signif. other) if he wanted a slice, which he obviously did because he is never full. He finished it and returned his plate for another slice. Yes, he may never be full but he’s got to enjoy something to request more.

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake Baked

Below is my recipe for a Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake and if you want to make any of the recipes from the current series of Great British Bake Off, here is my affiliate link to get the accompanying Great British Bake Off Series 7 Book on Amazon.

Yes, it’s out already! Eeeeeeee!

I have had to fight with every ounce of my being not to look at every recipe- I can’t spoil the surprise of what’s coming in the rest of the series! I admit though that I had a small peak and I saw both the chocolate caramel mirror glaze cake and the white chocolate mirror glaze cake in there. So if a glaze cake is amongst your bake off goals, they’ve got you covered.

You should also check out Lakeland… they have an entire range of GBBO baking merch which, as if it wasn’t already cool enough, is 40% off!!

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here!

The combination of the refreshing orange and the rich chocolate in this cake really hits the spot, especially when you’re not sure what kind of dessert you fancy! It’s a totally innocent way to sneak both in.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend, do some baking and let’s look forward to what week 2 will bring.

Want more Bake Off Make Off?

Click here for Week 2 Banoffee Biscuit Whirls

Click here for Week 3 Cinnamon Swirls

Click here for Week 4 Churro Cupcakes

Click here for Week 5 Bakewell Tart

Click here for Week 6 Meringue Brownies

Click here for Week 7 White Choc Passionfruit Roulade

Click here for Week 8 Tudor Knots

Click here for Week 9 Chocolate Pinwheels

Billie xx

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chocolate Orange Cake
  • 200 g butter softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 orange (grated zest) Save the orange for the syrup
  • 30 g cocoa powder
Orange syrup
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 90 g sugar (granulated or caster)
Chocolate Orange Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 160c fan or 180c conventional. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add flour, eggs and orange zest and beat until combined. Scrape down your bowl and remix to incorporate any unmixed ingredients.
  4. Separate half your cake mix into another bowl and add cocoa powder. Mix until even.
  5. Fill your loaf tin with cake mix, adding a combination of both white and chocolate mix. When all your cake mix is in the tin, use a palette knife or a skewer to swirl the cake mix.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. The cake is cooked when the top springs back when the cake is pressed.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
Orange Syrup
  1. Combine the juice of one orange with 90g sugar in a saucepan and heat whilst stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Leave to cool.
The Drizzle
  1. Pierce your cake all over using a cake tester or a skewer and pour your syrup all over the cake. Leave to soak through before removing from the tin and serving.
Share this Recipe


Tags: , ,

Comments 2 comments to this post

9th February 2017 at 3:42 pm / shachi / Write:


I have two questions on your choc orange loaf – it looks amazing.

1. What size tin did you use? I have one that seems to work for most recipes 23 x 13 x 7 cm but your proportions above seem a bit higher than what I use for a lemon drizzle.

2. Any suggestions for icing? I always like to ice loaf cakes, to make them look a bit more exciting. I thought perhaps some orange juice and icing sugar might be good, perhaps with some cocoa powder mixed in, or would plain melted chocolate be better?

Thanks so much


13th February 2017 at 11:40 am / Billie / Write:

Hi Shachi

I’m so sorry, I’ve just seen this! Your loaf tin size sounds perfect. If you think it’s going to be too much just use the extra to make a few cupcakes to keep you going whilst you’re baking 🙂

Both your melted chocolate and your orange juice/icing sugar toppings sound amazing! A grand marnier ganache drizzled over would also be very good, albeit a tad over-indulgent haha!

Billie xx

Send me a message