Learn how to make a soft, moist and tender Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake from scratch. This super easy recipe uses one cake batter to create beautiful swirls and a marble pattern of chocolate and orange sponge. Topped with a luscious and simple chocolate orange frosting, it’s sure to impress!
Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
Meet the first EVER marble cake to The Little Blog of Vegan, and it’s about time too!! This cake is absolutely mouth watering, with rich chocolate and citrus orange bursting with every single bite. Made using just one single cake batter, it’s surprisingly easy to put together. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks to get you making the most perfect, tender and delicious chocolate orange loaf cake each and every time!
Make sure to check out my popular Vegan Lemon Loaf, its the perfect Starbucks copy cat!!
Why you’ll love this loaf cake:
- Easy to make
- Absolutely delicious
- It uses one cake batter
- Bursts of flavour
- Simple to decorate
- Minimal ingredients / easy to find ingredients
- You create gorgeous swirls every time
- Moist and the perfect texture
What is a marble loaf?
A marble cake is simply a loaf or pound cake, with either two or more flavours spooned or piped into a lined loaf tin , built up then swirled together. Once baked, you’ll cut it and find each slice has a beautiful marble pattern to the slices of cake. It’s delicious on it’s own, but go all out and top it with some delicious frosting. I opted to keep the flavours the same, and went for a simple chocolate orange, so so good!!!!
Ingredients you’ll need:
This recipe uses simple and easily accessible ingredients which you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards or pantry. Full recipe, method and ingredients list is in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Plain flour : You’ll want to use a plain / all purpose flour for this loaf cake.
- Raising agents : The combination of baking powder and bicarbonate of soda will help the loaf rise in the oven, making for a light and delicious loaf.
- Sugar : I prefer to use a fine caster sugar for this recipe, but alternatively you can use golden caster sugar or even granulated sugar.
- Vegan butter : Don’t get this mistaken for margarine. You want to use a thick vegan block butter, such as Naturli Vegan Block or Flora Plant Butter as it helps keep the loaf and frosting stable.
- Vegan yogurt : You are more than welcome to use either a plain yogurt or vanilla flavour for this recipe.
- Dairy-free milk : You can use any type of vegan / dairy-free milk for this recipe such as soya, oat, almond and cashew, but if i were to give you on recommendation, use soya. Mixed with the vinegar, it makes for the best vegan buttermilk replacement.
- Vinegar : Use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
- Cocoa powder : Use a good quality cocoa powder.
- Orange flavouring / extract : Make sure to use a good quality orange flavouring like Valencian orange, it gives the loaf a richer, more citrus flavour.
- Icing sugar : Make sure to sift the icing sugar before using, this will help remove any lumps and make for a smooth frosting.
- Fresh oranges : As decoration, sprinkle some fresh orange zest over the top. It looks and tastes scrumptious!
How to make a Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
I love how simple yet effective this loaf cake is. It produces the most beautiful loaf with swirls of chocolate and orange sponge, topped with a chocolate frosting which can be whipped up in minutes!
- Marble loaf
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl (minus the orange flavouring and cocoa powder). Divine the batter in half, add cocoa to one and the orange to the other. Spoon or pipe into the lined tin. Place the butter on-top of the batter in a line then bake.
Whip up all the ingredients in a stand mixer with balloon whisk attachment until very light and fluffy. Spread over the top of the cooled down sponge (make sure it is cool, as if you apply to hot or even slightly warm cake, it will melt off!).
Zest a fresh orange over the top of the frosting. You could even add some candied oranges, that would be amazing!
Tips and tricks for the best swirls
- Don’t over-mix : The trick is to only gently swirl the chocolate and orange batter together. This is what will create the marble effect. If you over mix or swirl, you risk the batter turning into one colour.
- Use a thin toothpick or skewer to mix : Create the delicate and small swirls with something small. If you were to use a large pallet knife for instance, you risk the batters swirling too much together.
- Make the blobs of batter small : A great tip for getting really distinctive swirls is to make sure the spoons of batter which you add into the tin are small. The smaller they are, the higher chance of perfect swirls.
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