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Halloween Chocolate Orange Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Diana


  • 1 3/4 cups 220g all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup 350g granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup 240ml milk
  • 1/2 cup 120ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 240ml water


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • food colouring
  • Orange essence for the orange frosting

To soak the cake sponge

  • 1 cup orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 180c and prepare a grease cake pan.
  • In a medium sized bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the milk together with the oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients and the water, but do not over mix. You will notice that the batter is very thin.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the cake.
  • To make the frosting, beat the butter with the caster sugar, cream and vanilla (or orange extract). Add in food colouring and mix very well. You can also add salt to taste.
  • Let cake cool down completely before getting in out. After you get it out, cut it in half, soak each half with 1/2 cup of orange juice and frost it.