Self saucing chocolate orange cake

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
40 mins


250g self raising flour

110g melted butter

150g caster sugar

50g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

150mls milk

Zest and juice of 1 orange

120g chocolate orange pieces


For the sauce;

200g light muscovado sugar

25g cocoa powder

300ml boiling water

This is an absolutely gorgeous recipe for a self saucing chocolate orange cake that is both incredibly quick and easy to put together, but also and most importantly super delicious!

To make this gorgeous self-saucing pudding (yes it really does make its own sauce!), first of all pre-heat the oven to 160C or equivalent and grease a 2 litre baking dish. Grab a large mixing bowl and whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Grate in the zest of the orange and mix in.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, orange juice, eggs, and milk. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix together until everything is well combine and smooth. Snap the chocolate orange pieces in half and stir them in then pour the mixture into the baking dish. To make the sauce mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, and boiling water.

It may look a bit odd at this point, but it does work honestly. Pour the sauce over the pudding batter and baking in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and you will see the sauce has sunk to the bottom and is bubbling to the top around the edges. Enjoy this pudding whilst it is still warm, and as you scoop a piece out you will see the chocolate sauce at the bottom of the dish. A nice dollop of vanilla ice cream goes perfectly alongside it.

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