Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

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When I was in Rome last month, my mum had just finished making a batch of bitter orange marmalade. I sneakily put a jar in my suitcase and brought it back to London!

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

My mum makes amazing jams and marmalades, something I have yet to try doing myself.

Back home, we have a big garden with fruit trees: my dad is in charge of peeling and slicing the fruit, my mum boils it and makes the jam. The whole process takes days, as they usually have large quantities of fruit to go through!

Friends and neighbours also bring crates of fruit from their gardens, as it happened with these bitter oranges.

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

For me, this marmalade was too bitter to just have it on toast, so I had to come to other ways of using it.

My mum suggested pairing it with chocolate and I loved the idea of a dark chocolate / bitter orange combo. I decided to make my own version of a Sacher Torte, adapting this recipe from Jul's Kitchen (recipe in Italian only).

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade


  • 100g unsalted butter, softened

  • 35g + 110g caster sugar (used at different stages of the preparation)

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 6 egg yolks

  • 1 whole egg

  • 2 egg whites

  • 125g milk or dark chocolate

  • 100g plain flour, sifted

For the filling

  • 100g bitter orange marmalade (this measure is approximate, you can really use as much as you like!)

For the decoration

  • 100g dark chocolate

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade


Pre-heat the ovet to 180°C.

Melt the milk chocolate in a bain-marie, then leave it to cool down.

Beat the egg yolks with 35g of sugar, one tablespoon of honey and one whole egg. Pour in the melted chocolate and softened butter.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites with 110g of sugar, for a few minutes, until they turn white and fluffy. Slowly fold the egg whites into the cake mix.

Sift the flour and add it to the mix.

Pour the cake mixture in a greased cake tin. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Take the cake out of the tin and leave it to cool down on a wire rack.

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

Slice the cake in half horizontally and spread the marmalade over one layer. Top it up with the other cake layer.

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

Melt the dark chocolate in a bain-marie, and pour it over the cake.

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

Serve warm. It's delicious with a scoop of clotted cream ice-cream! ;)

Chocolate Cake with Bitter Orange Marmalade

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fati's recipes 03/06/2013 11:31

Hi there, sorry for the unsolicited question, but I've been looking for a cake stand like the one in this post ...since forever! Where did you buy yours from? I'm living Down Under and can't seem to find a reasonable one at a reasonable price. I don't want a ceramic one either. Any advice (esp. if there's an online store I can buy from)?

Giulia Mulè 03/08/2013 12:31

No problem, I love Sophie Conran and am slowly building up a collection of her dining sets! I bought the cake stand from John Lewis in London.

fati's recipes 03/08/2013 12:26

Thanks! Sorry I meant I didn't want a glass stand. Will look into it :)

Giulia Mulè 03/08/2013 11:05

Hi! The cake stand is by Sophie Conran.

Jeanne @ CookSister 02/28/2013 17:01

Oh my word...! I love cakes like this that contain almost no flour. Too gorgeous! And orange and chocolate has always been one of my favourite combinations :) Beautiful photos!

Giulia Mulè 02/28/2013 17:12

Thank you, Jeanne! They are a perfect match!

Char 02/28/2013 13:26

Looks wonderful... and I'd bet anything it tastes just as good! My favourite shot is the dripping chocolate one.

Mondomulia 02/28/2013 13:28

Thanks Char, I'm quite proud of that shot: pouring hot chocolate from a height and shooting at the same time was not easy! At least, I think I had Sandy's help to hold the reflector on that one!