Marmalade Cake for Mother’s Day

Marmalade Cake

4 Star | 15th April 2011 | By

Having made my first experiment using marmalade in cakes with this chocolate and marmalade cake and been won over by the result, I decided to have another go.

I’ve had my copy of Nigella’s How to be a domestic goddess for many years now and I’ve always skipped over her store cupboard chocolate orange cake because of the use of marmalade. Now don’t get me wrong, I like marmalade – but when it’s on toast. Anyhow, Mother’s Day had arrived and I thought she would especially enjoy a marmalade cake – it was her marmalade after all. So, to Nigella’s recipe I went. I did of course make some inevitable changes – I added yogurt for a start. I also decided to top it with some ganache as it was a special occasion.

This is how I did it:

  • Melted 125g unsalted butter in a large pan.
  • When butter nearly melted, I turned off the heat and added 100g 85% dark chocolate and left to melt for a few minutes.
  • Stirred until all incorporated and smooth.
  • Added 3 large tbsp of my mother’s marmalade, having first cut up all the big bits into smaller ones.
  • Beat in 2 duck eggs and a pinch of rock salt.
  • Sifted in 150g flour (120g wholemeal spelt, 30g quinoa), 1 tsp baking powder and stirred.
  • Finally stirred in 1 tbsp Greek yogurt.
  • Spooned into a 22cm cake mould, levelled the top and baked for 35 mins at 180C
  • Left to cool for a couple of minutes then turned out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Melted 100g of 70% dark chocolate with 20g unsalted butter and 1 heaped tbsp of marmalade (chunky bits removed) together over a pan of hot water.
  • Stirred together then spread over the top of the cake.
  • Decorated with orange and lemon flavoured sweets (shredded orange would have been a much better decoration and more in keeping with the 100% organic ingredients, but I had no oranges to hand).
Marmalade Cake

Well, I have now been completely won over to using marmalade in my baking, this cake was delicious. Luckily my mother thought so too, although she was somewhat surprised by her marmalade coming back to her in a different form.

I’m also entering this into this month’s Forever Nigella started by Sarah of Maison Cupcake, but this month hosted by Mardi at Eat, Live, Travel, Write. To tie in with the Royal Wedding and any resulting street parties, the theme is party food. Well surely cake is for sharing and any cake is good for a party.


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    15th April 2011

    Just gorgeous. I can see why your mother was pleased. I am waiting for my stand mixer to arrive, then I have a marmalade cake I want to try, but it doesn’t have chocolate, I a, afraid.

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    Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    15th April 2011

    Absolutely we need big stonking cakes at a street party and this looks just the ticket. I am CRAZY about chocolate and orange combos ,they’re one of my favourites! Thanks for taking part!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    15th April 2011

    I love it! It’s so dark and mysterious looking!… I can simply taste it now, so yummy… I love the really dark ganache too… lucky mum!

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    Ananda Rajashekar
    15th April 2011

    I started to heart cakes with yoghurt, this cakes looks gorgeous what a nice way to celebrate with mum 🙂

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    Johanna GGG
    16th April 2011

    I’ve made this cake a few times and love it – glad you are over the marmalade issue 🙂

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    16th April 2011

    Now you’ve got me at it -I made a carob marmalade cake yesterday with an orange glaze – absolutely delicious as I’m sure yours was..

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    16th April 2011

    Ooh it does look lovely. I am glad you are a marmalade cake convert.

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    16th April 2011

    Mmmmarmalade! I love the stuff. The more tarty the better I say 😉 I’ll bet I’d eat a wedge of this in a flash Choclette, do you think your mum would share?

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    Baking Addict
    17th April 2011

    I’m glad your mum liked it and that you’ve been converted too. I may need a little more persuading but I’m sure I’ll be convinced if I could have a slice of your delightful cake 🙂

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    17th April 2011

    How fabulous that you were able to use your mum’s marmalade in a cake for her! It looks very nice, Choc!

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    17th April 2011

    Looks delicious. My mum makes wonderful marmalade too. Ill have to see if she’ll let me have a jar to makes this

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    Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    17th April 2011

    Chocolate and marmalade? My hubby would be in heaven! Wha a beautiful looking cake for Mothers’ Day! Thanks for taking part in #forevernigella – it’s shaping up to be quite the party!

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    18th April 2011

    Thank you all so much for your comments, I really enjoy reading them and appreciate your time in giving them. I seem to have been even busier than usual recently so apologise for not responding individually. I blame the weather – ha ha. it’s been fantastic, which has meant I’ve been working in the garden or down at the field or out with friends – and a bit of baking too 🙂

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    19th April 2011

    What a lovely cake to make for your mother. I always love the use of marmalade in cakes, it’s like adding a mystery ingredient and people can’t quite guess what went into it!

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    22nd April 2011

    I love this cake – I’ve made it quite a few times, and also tried different conserves in it. I think it needs the bitterness of the marmalade though – my blackcurrant jam version wasn’t as good. Yours looks fab and I love the icing topping.

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    22nd April 2011

    I use marmalade for glaze on so many desserts, especially chocolate ones. I have to make this. Sounds just right for us.

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    23rd April 2011

    Maggie – I’m now a marmalade baking convert

    C – It’s interesting that bitterness often seems to go with bitterness – it’s like tea and chocolate working well together too.

    Bizzy – it is a good one. So how do you make your glaze?

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    3rd May 2011

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    Sally - My Custard Pie
    8th May 2011

    Marmalade with chocolate is such a nice idea. I thought I had baked most of NL’s cakes but this one has passed me by. Better get to it!

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    8th May 2011

    Sally – I just find it completely astonishing that the more I bake, the more I find there is to bake! I started to cook my way through How to be a domestic goddess about 11 years ago and only got as far as the first 6 cakes in the book (have managed quite a few more subsequently)!

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    9th May 2011

    WLM – thanks for visiting. Orange and chocolate are one of the great pairings.

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