Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Glaze

A few days ago, my blogger friend Priya had indicated about her first guest post for Chef Mirelle’s Travel Tuesdays, where she had reviewed the oldest souq in Sharjah. When I was going through the post, it flooded me with innumerable precious memories. Sharjah is literally my home. Apart from a year, I have stayed my whole life in Sharjah. Uppa started and ended his long 38 year career in Sharjah, so it was but natural that we were there. Even though Dubai has all the glitz and glamour and Sharjah can be intimidating at times because of the traffic, narrow roads and slight glitches here and there, the calm life is quite fascinating. Even staying in a town is not a harrowing experience, except for the parking of course. Having moved to a more suburb-like area now, I  truly miss being in the heart of the town. The place she reviewed, the Central Souq, has so many names, including one calling it London Souq! I really don’t know why it got that name, maybe because the majority visitors were foreigners. Every Thursday night, we would walk upto there – uppa never drove! – and then uppa would pray at the adjacent tiny mosque which has a blue dome (it still does!) while we wait out and watch the corniche. Then we would walk inside the whole souq, which has two buildings, one full of gold and the other with all other outlets. We would not buy anything, but simply gawk at all those chunky pieces of jewellery and then stare at the pretty outfits. Uppa would always buy us ice cream and then we would walk back home. We would go there every week and we never complained that we didn’t want to go. Nowadays, kids want us to go to different destinations every weekend! How less fussy our generation used to be… hehe…



Off to the recipe for the day, I dedicate this cake to dear Sona who loves the combination of dark chocolate and orange! Hehe… I saw this cake being baked by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor on his programme in Food Food. In a hurry, I mentioned down the quantities but I was not fully confident. I tried searching for the recipe online but each dark chocolate orange cake had different quantities from mine, though all were his recipes! Finally I decided to try out as per what I had scribbled down, the only addition being is the orange glaze I gave it on the top. What a cake this one was! We finished off half immediately and the other half I wrapped with cling film and froze it for two weeks. And then used it up for a trip. Actually the cake has a very mild orange flavor, but the glaze makes it even more orangy so don’t miss that part! 🙂





Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Glaze

Course Cakes
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 100 gm butter
  • 175 gm dark chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 medium orange
  • 125 gm sugar
  • 175 gm wholewheat flour aatta
  • 100 gm all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150 ml yogurt
  • For orange glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 4 tbsp orange juice fresh


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease an 8 inch pan well, sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • Cut the orange into half. Squeeze out all the juice that you can. Grate the orange zest till you get one tbsp zest. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate on low flame. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Break in one egg at a time and whisk well after each addition.
  • Add in the sugar and whisk till dissolved. Add in the orange juice and zest and mix well. Whisk in the yogurt.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold well till combined. The batter will be thick. Pour into the pan and flatten the top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or till skewer comes out clean when tested in the center.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. You will see the sides closing in. Slowly, tip onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  • For the glace, mix all the ingredients together into a thick liquid. Pour into the center of the cake, allowing it to fall to all sides. Allow to cool and set.
  • Slice and serve!

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  1. Yummm… Bookmark ed this one… It's also my place with lots of memories…. V used to go weekly to deira cc which was I think one of the first malls v knew… N v nvr complained too…

    1. Thank you so much Febina… I thought Al Mulla and Al Ghurair were the oldest malls in Dubai…

  2. lovely and moist orange chocolate cake 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Monu… 🙂

  3. A decadent, moist chocolate cake ….chocolate and orange are made for each other. ..your post brought back so many memories. ..though I have visited sharjah once..only ,but loved it from a shopping perspective. ..brought back a galore of show pieces from an antique shop from the souq you mentioned.

    1. Thank you so much Nusrath…

  4. the cake looks super yummm..i too love the combo of dark chocolate and orange…loved the glaze too

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  5. Cake looks super spongy with all the glaze it must have gone quick ?

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  6. Oh the slice of cake looks truly inviting Rafee. Love the orange flavored.
    I guess these days ads and peer boasting make kids restless and of course they have no place to keep them occupied known as outside.
    I want to see those souks one day I hear gold is hung even on glass walls 🙂

    1. Yes, of course… gold is hung on glass walls! 🙂 Thank you so much Meena…

  7. Omg! Look at the gorgeous piece of cake. .I want one piece now 🙁

    1. Thank you so much Priya… 🙂

  8. Cake looks classic…. Loved the combination..

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  9. chocolate and orange is like marriage made in heaven…love the combo…It looks so yummm and i am sure ur kids must have loved it to core 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Shweta… more than the kids, their ummi loved it! 😉

  10. Dark chocolate cake looks simple yet to perfection eventho no frosting going on but its always perfect without it at times! Totally love it

    1. Thank you so much Shazzy…

  11. I always like to see the sliced piece of the cake in the picture that reveals the real truth and beauty of a cake. The combination of orange and chocolate cannot get wrong. The cake looks so moist and I am sure the glaze made it more flavorful.

    1. Thank you so much Shibi…

  12. Love the Chocolate and Orange Combination. Perfectly made dark chocolate cake. Would like to taste some Orange glaze too.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  13. I love the combination of orange and chocolate, simply divine!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  14. yumm it looks …I wish I could just grab that piece of cake from my screen…sigh

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  15. I can't wait to try this one out.. you know how much i love this combination hehe.. The cake looks moist and delicious..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

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