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Orange Chocolate Swirl Cakes (w/thanks to Josephmark)

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If you haven’t tasted any Chinese or Hong Kong cuisine, you might be as curious as those staff at Josephmark, a leading creative design company in Brisbane. Last Wednesday was my big day. On that day I felt myself like a “food ambassador” from Hong Kong, cooked a 3-course lunch for Josephmark staff. Apart from the downside, as all my kitchen pots are not big enough to cook for the whole company, only catered for a bunch of people who were curious enough to taste the authentic Hong Kong foods. I was totally thrilled by their positive responses. I pan-fried my homemade dumplings in their newly renovated kitchen, cooked a full pot of beef brisket stew going with steamed rice, indulging them with creamy mango puddings to end their lunch.

Too bad, I forgot to take photos of each dish on that day because I was too busy with cooking and chatting. Luckily, I was reminded that a few photos of the whole group should be taken as souvenir at the end.


The next day, I found this humble lunch was mentioned in Josephmark’s newsletter. Hey, you guys at Josephmark are very efficient and awesome! The line, “Ho so tasty” caught my eyes instantly and I was thrilled by their likings.

It took me by surprise that I got a thank-you card with a lovely gift the next day. My heart was so touched when reading the words in the card. Having unwrapped their gift, I found two beautiful silicon moulds that I spotted in a kitchenware shop and have been juggling whether to buy them or not for a while.

Lovely Gifts

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to use them, then baked some buttery orange chocolate swirl cakes twice before I wrote this post.

Orange Chocolate Swirl Cakes (Inspired by (Printable recipe)

I used two 11.5cm x 5cm round silicon moulds. (You might use a rectangular baking pan instead.)

  • 100gm unsalted butter, room temperature until softened
  • 100gm caster sugar,
  • 100gm self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest (only orange part)
Ingredients of chocolate swirl:
  • 25gm dark chocolate (with 70% cocoa preferable)
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 170C (335F).
  2. Place chocolate, sugar and milk in a small bowl. Place the small bowl on top of a pot filled with some simmering water and heat over low heat until chocolate melts, sugar dissolves completely. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
  3. Place butter, sugar, flour, eggs, orange juice, orange zest in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes until pale and creamy. Make sure not to over-beat anyway. The cake won’t be soft otherwise.
  4. Spoon the batter mixture and fill the base of the moulds. Don’t need to level the surface because you want to get some patterns more interesting. Randomly drizzle the chocolate mixture over the top. Then spoon the rest of the batter mixture on top. Use a spoon or knife to draw through the mixture to create interesting effects if you like. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Test with an inserted needle that comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the moulds for 5 minutes. Turn out and let cool completely on a wire rack.
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  • You might like to use milk chocolate for convenience. Use the same method mentioned above or a microwave oven to melt chocolate solids.
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  1. Yayyy!! a combination orange and chocolate is perfect!

  2. That's a pretty mold!You cooked 3 dishes for Joseph Mark Staff? that's awesome! That Thank you card is so cute ;D

  3. Christine, nothing beats when people praise and like your cooking/baking! The silicon mold is pretty and cute thank you card :)

  4. This looks so good. I bet it must tastes good as well.

  5. Cute pan and the Cake looks delicious and moist!

  6. The cake looks beautiful. Congratulations about catering to a whole group of people! It seems like everything went perfectly, that's always a good thing. I wish I was there to taste some of your food. :)

  7. That cake looks very good, like a beautiful flower :).

  8. Love the combination of chocolate and orange. This particular cake is also called a "jaffa cake". The silicon mold gives some character to this cake as well.

  9. its looks great! i wonder if the cake is easy to take out from that 'rose silicon moulds'?! Did i need to brush some butter or oil before fill the mixture of the moulds?!

  10. To Anonymous,
    These silicon moulds are fabulous. I could easily remove the cake without breaking it at all. You can see how the cake looked so perfect and beautiful in the pictures. According to the manual, I greased a bit of oil, actually I sprayed some cooking oil over the moulds before transferring the batter into them.

  11. This cake looks fabulous! I love the combo of orange and chocolate!

  12. That is a such a great and cute looking mould. And what an honor! Awesome chick!

  13. What a lovely write-up, Christine!

    It was such a pleasure having you here at the Sub.

    You're welcome any time of the week, seriously, breakfast, lunch or dinner - you're always welcome :o)

    And I'm so glad you like the moulds! They look fabulous! Well done!


  14. Congrats on the lunch! :) And the cake looks delicious

  15. Congrats Christine and well done!! The mould is so pretty!

  16. Congratulations, the molds are gorgeous and so are the cakes - delicious combination of orange and chocolate flavor!

  17. They look quite rich and moist! I can tell that everyone at the lunch table were so happy!

  18. I want one of those molds now :D. That look great.

  19. Congratulations Christine! What a fantastic gig! I'd love to have you come cook for me as well - hehe!

  20. Hi Christine,

    What is the brand and size of the mold? Thanks!

    1. Sorry, don't remember what brand it is.
      As for the size of the mould, I've put it before the recipe, "I used two 11.5cm x 5cm round silicon moulds."

  21. Hi Christine,
    May I know what size rectangular pan should I use? Can I use 8" square or 9" round pan. Will the cooking time be the same? Many thanks, Lyn

    1. Hi Lyn,

      Exactly, the amount of ingredients can fit into a 8" square or 9" round pan. The baking time should slightly increase to 45 to 50 minutes, depending on what material of your pan you use.