Chocolate Orange Cake

Two hallowed-out oranges filled with chocolate cake mix are resting on a wooden cutting board.

This is an old camping favorite because it creates no dirty dishes as the cake is cooked in an orange. Chocolate and orange are a natural fit for one another. 

Traditionally the orange is fully scooped out and a cake batter is added. This version leaves some of the fruit and its juice in the orange. Then powdered cake mix is added on top making it even easier to make. This method is similar to a dump cake.

The result is a beautiful combination of chocolate and orange creating a Jaffa-like flavor. It is wonderful to eat as-is or pair it with a mild cream, ice cream, or custard.

Popular with children as they can easily make, cook, and eat all by themselves.

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A spoon taking a scoop of chocolate cake from an orange resting in a green napkin.
A bit of chocolate cake mix interacts with the juice in an orange creating a tiny and delicious cake.
A spoon of chocolate cake removed from an orange in the background.
It doesn’t get much easier than this chocolate orange cake, baked in its own serving container!
A hallowed-out orange sits on a wooden cutting board.
A hallowed-out orange becomes the baking and serving dish for this small chocolate cake.
An orange is filled with chocolate cake batter sitting in hot coals.
The cake is baked directly in the hallowed-out orange on hot coals.
Looking into a hallowed-out orange filled with chocolate cake batter.
The chocolate cake is baked directly in the orange, with some of its own juices.
Two hallowed-out oranges filled with chocolate cake mix are resting on a wooden cutting board.
These chocolate orange cakes taste as good as they look, with the perfect pairing of chocolate and orange.

Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe

Two hallowed-out oranges filled with chocolate cake mix are resting on a wooden cutting board.
An old camping favorite because it creates no dirty dishes, similar to a dump cake, the chocolate cake mix is added to an orange then cooked in the coals.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Ready in 15 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
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  • 1 orange
  • 1 packet chocolate cake mix


  • hot coals


  • Slice the top off the orange and keep it for later.
  • Using a sharp spoon scoop out the orange, being careful not to put a hole in the side, or expose the bitter pith. Leave the base of the orange's fruit about a quarter way up, filled with orange juice.
  • Scoop in 3 tablespoons of chocolate cake mix. This may be more or less depending on the size of the orange.
  • Place the lid on the orange, then position in the coals. Try to achieve a hot heat, about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). It is not necessary to bury the orange.
  • After 10 minutes take off the lid and check if the cake is cooked through. If cooked remove and serve, if not, continue cooking until done.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 366mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 4gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 2mg

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