Orange and chocolate cake

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Orange and chocolate cake

Category: Desserts, Spring

Servings: 10

Orange and chocolate cake

This is a typical Sephardic Passover cake, which has various versions, made throughout the Mediterranean.


  • 2 medium-sized organic oranges (thin rind is better)
  • 200g (1 1/3 cup) ground almonds
  • 100g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g/5 oz dark chocolate (and a knob of butter - optional)


  1. Wash the oranges and place them in a high-sided pot.
  2. Fill the pot with cold water and cook them on a moderate heat for 2 hours, or with a pressure cooker for 30 minutes, until they are very soft.
  3. Let the oranges cool in the cooking water.
  4. Remove the oranges from the water, slice them with the rind on, getting rid of any seeds.
  5. Liquidize the orange slices with a blender until you get a smooth paste. Weigh 300g of this orange pulp (10 oz).
  6. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F.
  7. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  8. Beat the eggs yolks with the sugar.
  9. Add the ground almonds and the oranges. Work until you get a smooth mixture.
  10. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and then fold them into the rest very gently.
  11. Pour the mixture into a lined cake tin (buttered and breadcrumbed) and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  12. Take the cake out the tin and let it rest for a few hours, if possible.
  13. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and let it melt in a small saucepan in a double boiler (with a knob of butter if you wish).
  14. Pour the melted chocolate on the center of the cake and spread it out quickly over the entire surface.
  15. Let the frosting solidify a little before you serve.

9 replies
  1. Patrick GR
    Patrick GR says:

    Sounds fabulous! One question: Would matzo cake meal substitute appropriately for the all-purpose flour during Pesach? Anybody?

  2. Riccardo
    Riccardo says:

    I think it would be fine. The original Passover cake didn’t have flour of course. We added very little flour to keep it together. I think very finely ground matzo should do it.

  3. Edward
    Edward says:

    Sounds lovely, am going to make it for valentines day! I do have a question though, does anyone have an opinion about if normal cream or some sort of custard would go well with it? thanks

  4. Coleen Sullins
    Coleen Sullins says:

    This has become a favorite to all that I serve it to! I have been making this ever since I had the opportunity to come to the cooking school and everyone requests it, even over other traditional favorites. I am making it again today and was prompted to say how much I enjoyed the cooking school. I frequently return to the recipes and to look for any new ones you have added. Thank you Shilpa and Riccardo! Coleen

  5. Linda Giannelli Pratt
    Linda Giannelli Pratt says:

    I love this cake! I am not a big chocolate fan, so having something moist and delicious like this is fabulous! Plus, we have orange trees in our backyard, so I love being able to use them in unique ways! We have made it three times since being back from the cooking class and it has been hit each time!

  6. Kim Rose
    Kim Rose says:

    Hi – I’m with Coleen on this one – this is my #1 cake and I don’t think people really believe I make it myself. Steve is now retired and is our official cook – so glad we did the course together – he uses our Organic Tuscany recipe book all the time and our aprons are still in use. Love to you all. Kim Rose

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