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Not Another Bloody Orange Chocolate Cake Recipe

Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

A beautifully fudgy blood orange chocolate cake with an intense chocolate orange flavour. The orange chocolate glaze isn’t necessary, but adds a festive air and tastes delicious.

I’ve been testing out the Optimum Induction Pressure-Cook Pro recently. It’s an amazing piece of kit and functions as a slow cooker as well as a pressure cooker. It stews, steams, roasts, deep fries, braises, defrosts and much more. I’ve made porridge, yoghurt and rice as well as this veggie bean chilli. This quite astonishing multi cooker can also bake cakes. I decided to test this particular function out with a blood orange chocolate cake.

Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

Unlike the last chocolate cake I made for Jumpstart 2017, this one is not vegan. It’s not what you’d call a healthy recipe either. But it’s healthier than most cakes. It’s made using organic wholemeal spelt flour, organic 85% dark chocolate and unrefined sugar. Just don’t dwell on the amount of sugar; it’s a little eye watering.

Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

Blood oranges have such a short season, I feel it’s imperative to make the most of them. They have a wonderful flavour and are not overly sugary like some oranges can be. They also have a gorgeous blood red colour. The colour is lost in this bloody orange chocolate cake, but the flavour is there.

The ingredients together with the cooking method give a beautiful moist fudgy consistency and wonderfully intense chocolate orange flavour. It would be perfect to give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. Red is the symbolic colour of love after all, even if it can’t be seen. The blood orange chocolate cake has the added bonus of being super easy to make too, either in an oven or in the Pressure-Cook Pro.

My mother in law has recently passed away. She had a very sweet tooth, so it seems fitting somehow to post this fudgy blood orange chocolate cake on the day of her funeral.

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Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

A beautifully fudgy chocolate cake with an intense chocolate orange flavour. The orange chocolate glaze isn't necessary, but adds a festive air and tastes delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: blood oranges, cake, chocolate
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g dark muscovado
  • 100 g molasses sugar
  • 1 blood orange
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g 85% dark chocolate I used G&B
  • 200 g wholemeal spelt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 ml boiling water

Orange Chocolate Glaze

  • ½ blood orange
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 75 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 25 g unsalted butter


  • Melt butter, chocolate and sugars in a large saucepan over a very gentle heat, then remove from the heat.
  • Grate in the zest of the orange, then squeeze in the juice. Stir until everything is combined.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the flour and sift a third in. Fold in, then stir in a third of the hot water. Repeat until everything is just mixed.
  • Pour into a silicone mould, lined tin or a buttered / oiled Pressure-Cook Pro bowl.
  • Bake for 55 minutes at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) in the middle of a preheated oven or until the top is firm and an inserted skewer comes out almost clean. A slight underbake is much better than over baking with this cake.
  • If using the Pressure-Cook Pro, select the cake function and adjust the time setting to 1 hr.
  • Leave to cool, then turn out onto a serving plate.

Orange Chocolate Glaze

  • Squeeze the juice of an orange into a small pan. Add the honey and chocolate and melt everything over a gentle heat. Alternatively place in a bowl over some hot water.
  • Add the butter, half at a time, stirring until melted.
  • Pour over the cake, allowing it to dribble down the sides.


Other oranges can be used, but the flavour and sweetness of the cake will vary.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 672IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg


We Should Cocoa LogoThis is my entry for this February’s We Should Cocoa. If you’ve made anything where chocolate is a main ingredient this month, do join in.

I’m also sharing this blood orange chocolate cake with Ness at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake. The theme this month is Cakes for All.

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  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    10th February 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Just bought some blood oranges to make some salads for the dinner. I love them and usually just eat them plain..should do more in the baking! Your chocolate cake looks sensational!

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks Angie, blood oranges and chocolate make for one fabulous combination 🙂

  2. Janice

    10th February 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Oh I love that it has molasses in it, it’s ages since I baked with molasses and it always brings out real depth in chocolate bakes. Fabulous bloody orange chocolate cake

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 10:46 pm

      It was molasses sugar rather than molasses, but yes, it gives a lovely flavour. Glad you like the cake 😀

  3. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    11th February 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Great title for this post – I would love this cake – though yes lots of sugar! I always find it hard to think how to feature blood oranges and keep their colour – that is a real challenge! Sorry to hear about your mother in law – warm wishes to you and CT’s family.

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks very much Johanna. It’s always hard losing people you’re close to, but she lived a good and long life.

  4. Sus //

    12th February 2017 at 10:38 am

    This looks rather decadent and a good way to celebrate life. I hope you are both getting through this xx

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks very much Sus. It’s been an emotional week for sure, but cake helps!

  5. Munchies and Munchkins

    12th February 2017 at 10:43 am

    Ah this sounds so good. I love blood oranges and like Janice I really love the flavour that molasses bring to a bake. YUM.

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thank goodness blood oranges are easier to source than they used to be.

  6. Kavey at Kavey Eats

    12th February 2017 at 10:44 am

    This cake looks sooo moist and delicious!

    • Choclette

      14th February 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Kavey, it was so good, even though the colour is hidden.

  7. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    12th February 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I love blood oranges and your ‘bloody’ chocolate cake looks so tempting. I like how you’ve used molasses and muscovado sugar. Sorry to hear about your mother in law, condolences to you and your family

    • Choclette

      14th February 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Sarah. It’s not an easy time to be sure and so much to do and sort out, but I know my Mother in Law would be very happy to know we were enjoying cake.

  8. Ceri Jones

    13th February 2017 at 11:03 am

    Such a stunning Cake Choclette – and well, I adore anything made with blood oranges!

    • Choclette

      14th February 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Ceri, blood oranges are so very special.

  9. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    13th February 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Love the title of this post! My first thought was ‘god…. I hope it is!’
    And I’m not disappointed. The cake looks to die for…… Such a wonderful texture and perfectly rich. The addition of blood orange (which I agree have to be enjoyed in abundance whilst they last) is brilliant.
    As for the idea of a healthy chocolate cake? Nah! Takes away all the fun! x

    • Choclette

      14th February 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Haha, you are incorrigible Kate. I always think I prefer the healthy option, until you let me loose in a good cake shop. I can almost be guaranteed to go for the unhealthiest thing on offer 😉

  10. Jan Bennett

    17th February 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Chocolate and orange are a perfect match! Love that the Pressure Cooker can cook cake 🙂

    • Choclette

      17th February 2017 at 5:45 pm

      It’s amazing and it gives true cake such a lovely texture. I was impressed.

  11. Emma

    20th February 2017 at 10:57 am

    This looks IMMENSE! Can’t believe you made this with a pressure cooker!

    • Choclette

      20th February 2017 at 11:53 am

      Yes, quite astonishing. The cooker gave it such a gorgeous texture, I’ll be using it for cakes again.

  12. Lorna

    28th February 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Omg I love blood oranges. I’m useless at cakes, but I definitely want to give this one a try!!

    L x

    • Choclette

      1st March 2017 at 8:15 am

      This cake is super simple to make. Go on, give it a go 🙂

  13. Ness

    28th February 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. This seems a very fitting and seasonal tribute to her.

    • Choclette

      1st March 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Ness. It’s never going to be easy losing family and friends.

  14. Eb Gargano /

    28th February 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Woah – this cake looks AWESOME!! Can’t believe you made it in a pressure cooker – AMAZING!! 🙂 Eb x

    • Choclette

      1st March 2017 at 8:13 am

      I was impressed with it too and it gave such a good texture to the cake.


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