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Apr 20, 2019

Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

This marbled chocolate orange bundt cake combines both white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate batters. Both of the batters are flavored with orange zest and orange extract. 

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This marbled chocolate orange bundt cake is not too sweet, and the cake stays moist for days. Seriously. The orange flavor is pretty subtle too.

The most difficult part in making this recipe is getting the marbled look. You have to fold the two batters just three times to get the marbling effect without completely blending them. I might actually fold the batters just two times next time.

Marbled Bundt Cake

If you are working on your cake skills, bundt cakes are super forgiving. I have only one standard-sized traditional bundt pan, which if you know me, shows incredible restraint. I've had my eye on the swirly pan forever but I've resisted. Someone hold me back!

How to make a marbled chocolate orange bundt cake:

  1. First, you mix the batter for the cake and then divide it in half. 
  2. Next, you melt the white and semi-sweet chocolate in separate bowls and the white chocolate to one half, and the semi-sweet chocolate to the other half. 
  3. Finally, you combine the two batters and fold them just three times before pouring it into the pan. 

Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake with orange glaze

I made this cake ahead and wrapped it in plastic wrap after letting it cool completely. I added the glaze and served the cake next day.

This cake was a huge hit with the "grown ups," but not so much with the kids. The combo of orange and chocolate may be an acquired "adult" taste.

More for us, right?

For more bundt cakes, check out this cider-glazed apple bundt cake, this yeasted pound cake, and this tangelo ricotta cake.

Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake with an orange glaze

Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

Yield: 10 servings


For the Cake
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Glaze
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • zest from one orange


  1. Heat the oven to 335 degrees F and coat a 9 inch bundt pan with cooking spray. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing between each addition. 
  3. Mix in the vanilla, orange extract, orange zest, and milk on low speed. 
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir until just combined. 
  5. Divide the batter in half into two separate bowls.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips separately in the microwave in 30 second bursts until fully melted, stirring between microwaving. 
  7. Add the semi-sweet chocolate to one half of the batter, and the white chocolate to the other half of the batter and mix. 
  8. Combine the two batters and fold just three times. 
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. 
  10. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. 
  11. Let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Turn it out onto a plate and let it cool completely.
  12. Whisk the glaze ingredients together, adding more cream to thin the glaze as necessary. 
  13. Drizzle the glaze over the cake. 
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The Cake Slice Bakers are baking through the book, The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details. The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

Our choices for April 2019 were ~
1. Poppy Seed Smetanik
2. Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake
3. Opera Cake
4. Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

Poppy Seed Smetanik
Marbled Chocolate Orange Bundt
Rhubarb Strawberry Tea Cake 
Opera Cake

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  1. It almost looks like a Nothing Bundt Cakes cake. Nice. I lost my swirls, but you managed to keep yours!

  2. I love these flavors! Bundts are one of my favorite cakes to bake and I'm looking forward to trying this one.

  3. Looks beautiful! I didn't use the given technique for the marbling because I had just read an article on how to do it by placing scoops of the two batters alternately in the pan and then swirling in a zig-zag with a knife, so I wanted to try it. Worked pretty well, but I like yours better.

    1. Your technique occurred to me later, ha ha! I'm just glad I got a little marbling after all!

  4. I found that I am enjoying this cake more after a day or two keeping... it seems more moist somehow. I usually add the separate batters straight to the pan in alternate spoonfuls and give them a quick swirl with a skewer when I do a marble cake but followed the instructions this time. I agree it mixed them up too much.

    1. We found the same thing. It got better after a day or two and stayed fresh for quite a while!

  5. Karen I have that pan. The swirly one. I would NEVER twist your arm, so I am holding it delicately. Here, sit down my dear. Good. See? I am barely touching you. Now, there.. there it is... yes, you do see that PRIME thing? well yes, that means you will have it on Wed.

    see? it was not even painful because I did not twist your arm.

  6. not only it sparks joy, it swirls it!

  7. You have such nice swirls! I definitely need to work on my technique. My kids loved it, but they love most cake.


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