Not being a connoisseur of Choc Orange foods, that headline might be a bold claim.  But I did serve this to friends recently at dinner and everyone loved it (and not in that awkward way where they’re chewing slowly and saying they’re full).  Plus it’s dairy free, not made with any flour and super easy!

I found this recipe on a forum on taste.com.au – member countrybumpkins said the cake was rich and fudgy.  I have to admit I was dubious but it’s true.  The cake is really dense and moist.  In fact it was so good I didn’t get a second helping the next day :(.  Ah well, an excuse to make it again and take a photo next time!

  • 2 navel oranges (approx 375 grams)
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g almond meal
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 60g cocoa (I was worried the cake wouldn’t be chocolatey enough without melted chocolate but I was wrong!)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Boil oranges, covered in water for 2 hours or until soft.  You could also try microwaving for 15 minutes, turning over, then microwaving them for another 15 minutes.  I went with the boiling method and it turned out great.

Preheat oven to 180 C, grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.

Leave oranges to cool, cut into large pieces then food process with skin, pith and all (I tried to take the seeds out but there weren’t any… weird!).

Combine eggs and caster sugar well in a large mixing bowl.  Add almond meal and cocoa alternately (I sifted them as I added).  Finally, add sifted bicarb and baking powder then oranges to make a thick batter.

Bake for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean.

p.s. this dairy free thing is going to be much easier if there’s more stuff around like this!