Chocolate chip marble cake with orange syrup

I had this cake for the first time at a cafe in Havelock Island, where I spent a week doing an open water scuba diving course (more on that here) and instantly fell in love. A marble cake with chocolate chips, soaked in orange syrup – what’s not to love? We ordered this almost everyday during the trip, fought over it and it disappeared in seconds.

I walked up to the owner of the cafe who baked this cake and asked her if she used alcohol in the syrup and she said “No alcohol, just make sure you get your hands on really good oranges and reduce the juice with some sugar”.. I was so intrigued by this that I swore to myself I will go home and attempt it.


I am so pleased at how close I got to her version (*happy dance*). The cake is so full of flavour and the chocolate chips add to the texture. It is a dense cake and the orange syrup accents the cake wonderfully. Can’t believe I never thought of soaking a cake in a citrusy syrup before. What a genius idea!

The initial thought was to make a really small portion to feed two but this will definitely feed more (unless you are a gluttonous pig like me). It will be an absolute crowd pleaser at your party table or a special date night in.

I recommend reducing the sugar in the cake by another 10-15 grams because the orange syrup makes the cake really sweet. So gather up your friends and treat them to this absolutely delightful cake with a citrus punch, I guarantee they will love you for it.


Ingredients for the cake –

Flour – 100 gms
Sugar – 85 gms (can reduce 10-15 gms more as noted above)
Unsalted butter – 100 gms
2 eggs
chocolate chips – 1 cup (milk or dark based on your preference)
1 tsp milk
1 1/2 tsp cocoa (I used Hintz)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Ingredients for the orange syrup –

Juice of 2 large oranges
3 tbsps of sugar
3 cardamom pods

Method –

Measure all the ingredients and whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy (about 2-3 mins), add the vanilla extract and beat for another minute. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat for another minute. Fold the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and add the milk to loosen up the batter.

Divide the batter into two bowls and add cocoa to one of the bowls and mix until completely incorporated. Add chocolate chips to both the batters. Add the vanilla and chocolate parts of the batter alternately in the pan and swirl with a toothpick for a marbled effect (I absolutely suck at this but the swirling is fun anyway!).

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180d celsius for 30 mins. For the syrup, add orange juice and sugar in a pan along with the cardamom pods and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and thickened slightly. Pour the syrup over hot cake out of the oven and let the cake cool down completely before slicing and devouring.


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