Orange Cake with Chocolate Swirl

27 Apr, 2020

Being from Curaçao we also celebrate Queen’s Day and since 2014 King’s Day. Curaçao is an autonomous island within the Dutch Kingdom and as such, we grew up with quite a few Dutch traditions. Since it’s King’s Day today we are celebrating with you by giving you not one but two recipes.

Andrea created both these recipes but I wanted to chime in for this one because I’ve made this Orange Cake a few times, unsuccessfully.  I mean it always tastes delicious but somehow mine always sunk in the middle. Till a few months ago I was discussing this with Andrea and she told me, ‘well your orange is just too big’. Too big, what do you mean it’s too big. I never even considered that the size of the orange could affect the outcome of my cake so much. But yeah there you have it, size matters, so pay close attention to those oranges and have a nice King’s Day.

This cake is decorated with orange color glaze, but it’s also possible to cover with chocolate and it will still be very nice if you serve it without any decoration.

You can find the orange and chocolate glaze in mini donuts recipe.

Orange Cake with Chocolate Swirl

Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, orange
Servings: 10
Author: Kyara



  • 1 big orange or 2 small about 280-300 gram have to be careful, because the batter will be too liquid with too much orange
  • 160 ml agave syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200 gram blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 80 gram dark chocolate 85% melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted


  • Wash oranges and cook them in water for about 1 – 1,5 hours, until soft.  Do not peel, we need them whole!
  • Preheat the oven for 190°C.
  • Line a 11 cm x 26 cm baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Put whole cooked oranges into the food processor and blend them for 3-4 minutes, until creamy.
  • Add agave syrup, eggs, almond flour, baking soda and salt into creamy oranges and blend them well for a minute.
  • Pour batter into lined baking pan.
  • Melt chocolate with coconut oil together in a small pan above boiling water (Bain-marie).
  • Pour melted chocolate on top of batter and make swirls into the butter with a tablespoon. Do not mix it, just make some swirls, batter will look like marble inside after baking.
  • Put it into the oven and bake it for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Place on cooling rack to cool.