A Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake . . .

Looking out of the window today, it’s wet, miserable and grey, but I don’t care because I’m snuggled up inside, cosy and warm, and I have this Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake just calling out my name . . .

Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake

Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake

We had a pretty quiet weekend in comparison to most we have had recently. Yesterday Little Bean and I popped into Peterborough for some Mummy/Daughter time to buy the ingredients to make the above-pictured cake. Little Bean loves baking, and I love that it’s something we can enjoy doing together. In the days leading up to labour with Little Bean, I went baking crazy; maybe that has something to do with it.

The last cake that I baked before she came was a heart-shaped Chocolate Orange cake, and it was delicious! Since chocolate is Little Bean’s favourite cake, we decided that we would make a Chocolate with a hint of orange Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake. I found the recipe in an old cookery book and just adapted it slightly.


Waitrose baking
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g light muscovado sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3 medium-size eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp orange flavouring
  • 250ml sour cream
  • Chocolate pumpkins to decoration
  • Honeycomb sprinkles
  • Edible Gold dust


Baking with children

1. Lightly grease and paper a 20cm spring-form tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180c (160c fan assisted), gas mark 4.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl.

3. Using an electric mixer, mix up the sugar and softened butter until it is light and fluffy in texture.

4. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture a little at a time until all gone.

5. Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour mixture.

6. Add in the sour cream, vanilla extra and orange flavouring and mix until fully combined.

7. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 40-50 minutes. Check at 40 minutes with a skewer or sharp knife to see if it is cooked in the middle, and return to oven if not ready.

8. Once removed from the oven, leave the cake in the tin to cool and place a damp, clean tea towel over the tin to help the cake keep its moisture during the cooling process.

9. Once cool, decorate to taste.


Baking with children

Little Bean loves the Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing, so we cheated and used that to cover the top of our cake and then added the chocolate pumpkins, honeycomb sprinkles, and finally, we used a fine brush to add gold glitter to the pumpkins and to sprinkle over the cake to finish.

It tastes . . . .


Halloween Inspired Chocolatey Orange Cake

This post was featured by Twinkl in their Best Halloween Desserts Guide

DISCLAIMER: We were sent vouchers to buy the ingredients for the Ultimate Chocolate Cake of our choice from Waitrose. All words, images and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission. I have not been instructed what to write.

2 thoughts on “A Halloween inspired chocolate-orange cake . . .”

  1. Thank you very much to you and the little beans for the beautiful piece of cake. I enjoyed it very much and every mouthful was like eating a piece of heaven.

    Hope to see you all soon.

    Vicky x

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