September 01, 2020

Choco Orange Cake - 300th post :-)

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Whoa today happens to be my 300th post and what best to suit the occasion than sharing my favorite Choco Orange Mug Cake . I would like to thank each and everyone who has been a part of my journey in this world of blogging.

A special thanks to my hubby Vj and Kalyani for having constantly motivated and boosted me for 3 long years to get back to blogging when I had taken a break due to personal reasons. If not for them, I wouldn't have been able to restart. 

I am happy to have been introduced to so many wonderful bloggers through these two lovely groups (FMBH and Shh cooking secretly) and it is so nice to keep interacting with all on a regular basis and  feels more like an extended family.

Orange and Chocolate are a match made in heaven and we i.e. hubby and me love this bitter and tangy combination a lot .

This month for our Shhh cooking secretly challenge Mayuri ji of Mayuri's Jikoni suggested Chocolate as the main theme and who can say No to such a classic theme . Mayuri ji's latest recipe Chocolate Truffles is on my to do list .Those cute truffles are an absolute treat to the eyes and am sure they are as delectable as they look . 

I was paired with Seema who blogs on Mildly Indian which is a treasure of classic recipes and there are some really unique recipes like the Sugarcane juice Poha Pongal (Karumbu chaar Aval pongal) which I would like to try . She gave me Baking soda and sugar as my secret ingredients while I gave her milk powder and dryfruits with which she has dished out Cocoa Nibs & Lime bliss balls  which look absolutely delicious. 

 Now coming to the recipe, though this is ideally mug cake, I tried to make it in cups because I just wanted to try something fancy and different :-) Who says mug cakes can't be baked in cups ? 

I am not a pro baker so I took the easy route of making it in the microwave and satisfy my craving for a nice chocolate cake which I was missing from my favorite bakery . So for all those who are skeptical about baking , go ahead and try this easy peasy cake in microwave and satisfy your cravings. 

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Baking Time - 90 seconds 
Complexity - simple 


1/2 cup maida / APF
1/2 cup chilled orange juice 
3 tbsp oil ( sunflower/ rice bran oil works well)
1/3 cup powdered sugar 
1 tsp vanilla essence
2tbsp cocoa powder 
1/4  tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 chocolate bar 

**donot use eyeball measurements. Use measuring cups and spoons and follow the recipe exactly if you want to get the perfect cake .

  • Take 3 microwave safe porcelain cups or ramekins and grease them with some butter and keep it in fridge until use .
  • Take 2 mixing bowls, one for wet ingredients and other for dry ingredients .
  • In one bowl add the chilled orange juice, oil , powdered sugar and vanilla essence . Mix it well until the sugar dissolves completely.  The chilled orange juice helps to emulsify the oil .
  • Take the dry ingredients maida, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder in a seive/chalni and sieve it into another dry bowl.
  • Now slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and simultaneously keep mixing using the cut and fold method  till the mixture appears lump free and of a dropping  consistency.  Donot beat or mix it too hard .
  • Now bring out the greased cups and pour the cake mixture until half the cup , place a few chocolate bits in center of the cake mix and cover it with some more cake mixture . Fill only 3/4th of the cup  leaving space for the cake to raise.
  • Place the cups in the microwave and set it for 90sec . Take it out and let it cool for a few minutes before you can savor it. 
  • The chocolate bits would have melted inside and you can get a nice gooey feel when you cut into the cake . 


I have used bournville chocolate bits but you can use any brand of chocolate or even compound chocolate works good .

The orange juice can be replaced with chilled water if you don't like the chocolate and orange combination. 

Linking it to Shhhh cooking secretly challenge - Chocolate theme for August 2020


  1. Wow looks interesting will definitely try

  2. Yummy and delicious. I like that you have baked in a cup, small portion enough to satisfy your sugar cravings.

  3. Priya congratulations on your 300th post. If you wouldn't have made a comeback then probably we wouldn't have known each other. As for the orange chocolate combination its my all time favorite. The easy choco orange cake looks so inviting. Perhaps now you can try baking a cake in the oven :)

    1. thanks a tonne dear and glad to have met you all on this lovely forum. Baking is certainly on the cards ..will jump on to it soon :-)

  4. Good to meet you! :) Getting back to blogging after a long break is indeed not a small thing... The cake looks amazing. I love that you baked them in bowls instead of as a whole cake. Very nice way to present it...

  5. thanks Rafeed and glad to have met you here .

  6. Congratulations on your 300th post Priya. It's a pleasure to have known you virtually asa fellow blogger. The cake looks absolutely delectable! I love Citrus flavors in my bakes. I am sure it must have been a flavorful treat.

    1. thank you Poonam. The feeling is certainly mutual . It is nice to know you all and the way you have all welcomed me into the group is so lovable

  7. Congratulations Priya on the 300th post. Congratulations on coming back we would have like Mayuri said not known one another. Loved your mug cake sounds delicious n why not chocolate and oranges are made for one another.

    1. Thanks dear and yes it is such a wonderful feeling knowing you all .I am glad I made a comeback .

  8. Congratulations on your 300th post! :) The cake looks moist and absolutely delish. Like you say, orange and chocolate is a match made in heaven. I can imagine the robust flavours of this cake. Would love to try this out. Can I make this in an OTG?

    1. Thanks priya . Yes you can bake this in OTG ..but as I said I chose the quick route to satisfy the cravings :-)

  9. Hearty congrats on your 300th post. I love the orange infused cakes. Making it in a microwave is such a Breeze and can satisfy your sudden sweet cravings. Beautifully presented.

  10. Congratulations on your 300th post Priya. Perfect cake recipe on this special day, choco orange cake looks super delicious and aromatic.Would love to try this cake soon, well presented cake recipe.

  11. Welcome back to the world of blogging and Congratulations on your 300th post. Choco orange cake looks absolutely delicious. I always prefer mug cakes because of the ease of baking.

  12. Congrats on your 300th Post Priya. Wishing you many more such milestones. Coming to the cake, it looks so inviting and tempting. One thing i like in microwave is making these mug cakes which is quick and we can control the portions too.

  13. Congratulations on your 300th post Priya. Loved the unique combination of chocolate and orange, I must try it sometime.

  14. Congrats on your 300 th post. It is always special to see how far we came.
    I always love citrus in chocolate anytime anyday so surely I will give this a try. Thankyouf ro the big shout out, yet that sugarcane pongal is so yummy.

  15. Glad to be of (some) motivation (thanks for the mention too) ,and these choco orange cupcakes are fit for a celebration !! hearty congrats and wishing u many more..

  16. Congrats on your 300th post and welcome back to blogging dear.Loving the choco orange cake and its absolutely delicious.

  17. many congratulations priya on your 300 post.
    this citrus infused chocolate cake is a fabulous treat for the celebration.
    Looks absolutely delicious !!!!

  18. Congratulations Priya on your 300th post.The orange cake looks so moist and delicious.Perfect treat for the celebration.


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