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Easy Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Moist, chocolatey, and loaded with orange flavor, you won’t believe that this chocolate orange cake is made without eggs and orange extract.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12


For the cake:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated zest
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small bowl, combine the softened butter and 2 tbsp cocoa powder. Mix well to form a thick paste
  • Brush the inside of a 9-inch Bundt pan with this paste, coating well. Set aside
  • In a bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a whisk, combine flour, remaining ½ cup of cocoa, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  • Add in the orange juice, orange zest, mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, and vanilla and mix well until no lumps remain
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Mine took exactly 45-minutes, but oven temperatures vary so watch yours closely
  • While the cake bakes, prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar, cocoa, and orange juice until well combined. Set aside
  • Carefully remove the cake from the oven and allow it to sit for 10-minutes
  • Once 10-minutes has passed, lay a piece of parchment paper over the top of the cake and place a cooling rack on top
  • Carefully flip the cake onto the cooling rack and slowly lift the pan off
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before drizzling the glaze overtop
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