Chocolate Orange Cake

This amazing Chocolate Orange Cake recipe is deliciously moist flourless torte style cake generously covered in a dark chocolate ganache and topped with candied clementine peel. It’s a real show stopper and will definitely be the centrepiece for our Christmas dinner table this year!

The subtle buttery taste of our Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil, combined with puréed clementine and ground almonds in the flourless sponge mixture, is perfect for this recipe.

This recipe uses our Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil which is low in saturated fat and high in Omega 3, making this recipe ideal for a healthier and balanced diet. Simply click here to find your nearest stockist of our products.


For the cake:
2 large clementines (about 200g), cleaned
4 large free-range eggs
1 large lemon, zest only
160g golden caster sugar
100ml Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil
175g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder

For the candied orange peel:
Zest of one clementine
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tbsp Water

For the ganache:
180g dark chocolate - we use Bournville
120g double cream


Place the clementines in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20–30 minutes until tender. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Cut the clementines in half and discard the pips. Put the clementines, including the skin, into a food processor and blend to a paste. Preheat the oven to 160ºC Fan, line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Whisk together the eggs, lemon zest and caster sugar in a bowl. Add Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil and beat until light and well combined. Stir in the clementine paste then fold in the ground almonds and baking powder. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes or until well risen and golden-brown. The cake may be slightly lower in the centre. When hot, simply press down the edges to make it level. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Candied Orange Peel:

To make the candied clementine peel, scrape the pith off the clementine peel and finely chop. Place a small saucepan on a medium heat and add one tablespoon of caster sugar, half a tablespoon of water and the peel. Keep stirring and simmer for 7 minutes. Turn off the heat and add half a tablespoon of water and keep stirring vigorously until crystallised.


For the ganache, simply place your double cream and dark chocolate (broken into pieces) in a saucepan and melt over a low heat stirring occasionally. Leave to cool before spreading on the cooled cake. Make a swirl pattern in the ganache and sprinkle on the candied peel.

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