Orange Scented Chocolate Hazelnut Marble Cake

Can you think of anything better than a nice, thick slice of cake for end of the year celebration? I don’t think I can. Especially when it has orange flavor in it, which I find particularly appealing with all the winter citrus in the market. There is also chocolate and  a good amount of hazelnut meal, which adds a wonderful taste and texture to the cake. I baked two cakes for a potluck, and served each slice with whipped cream and orange segments (sorry no photos). Everyone said it taste really good and  loved the combination I put together.



I used to bake marble cake (with gluten) in my earlier years of baking, mainly because I loved swirling two distinct batter together to create the marble effect. However, when you use hazelnut meal, it is almost difficult to  get delicate streaks. You want the chocolate marbling to show inspite of the dark color of hazelnut meal with specks of skin. So, I alternate one spoon of chocolate batter and two spoons of hazelnut batter, then drag a butter knife, through the batter to slightly blend. If you try to overdo the swirl, it will turn into a muddy or messy chocolate cake.



If you are an orange and chocolate lover try the combination with hazelnut meal, you will enjoy every bite of this luxurious marble cake.

I wish everyone a wonderful 2014 ahead!


Orange Scented Chocolate Hazelnut Marble Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious, orange scented chocolate marble cake.


  • 150 g (1.5 cup) hazelnut meal
  • 145 g ( 1 cup) white rice flour mix
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 150 g chocolate (60%), coarsely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from an entire large orange
  • 1 tbsp cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter or spray a 10' stick bundt pan with a non stick spray.
  2. Whisk white rice flour mix, hazelnut meal, salt and baking powder. Set aside
  3. In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate with the 1 tbsp milk.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer). beat the butter until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in orange liqueur and orange zest.
  7. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
  8. Remove 1/3 of batter in melted chocolate and gently mix.
  9. Place the batters into the prepared bundt pan by alternating spoonfuls of orange hazelnut batter and chocolate batter.
  10. Then with a butter knife draw swirl or zigzag through the batter to marbleize it. Don't over mix.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes,or until a toothpick inserted in the center just comes out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes before removing the cake from the pan to cool completely.
  13. Run a flat edge knife or spatula and run it around the pan and inner core to make sure it is not sticking.
  14. Put a plate or a wire rack on top and gently flip the cake.
  15. Serve as you like.



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    Coffee and Crumpets December 28, 2013 (8:18 am)

    A beautiful cake Balvinder! I adore hazelnuts and oranges so I’m sure this combo will be a favourite.
    Happy New Year Balvinder, wishing you all the best for the coming year.


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    Jennifer Eloff December 29, 2013 (9:23 pm)

    Gorgeous!! Happy New Year to you, Balvinder. God bless you.

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    Nava Krishnan December 29, 2013 (10:25 pm)

    Ohhh! I am almost dropping here looking at the slices. Its fabulous Bal and thumbs up for baking it. Happy New Year to you and everyone at home. And we will still be connected for the years to come. Take care.

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      Balvinder January 10, 2014 (6:26 am)

      We will, Happy new year to you too!

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    Monica December 30, 2013 (6:05 am)

    This cake looks and sounds absolutely divine, Balvinder! You’ve got some of my very favorite flavors in here. Beautiful job and I’m sure it was naturally a big hit with everyone. Happy New Year to you and your family – good health and happiness in 2014!

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    Shirley Tay (Blackswan) December 30, 2013 (7:19 am)

    I always run out of ideas when it comes to potluck. Mmmm….. I should try my hands on baking your cake some day; looks soft & fragrant. Hey dear, check out what’s in store for you at Goodie Bags for Top 10 Commenters of Luxury Haven! See you there!

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    yummychunklet December 30, 2013 (10:34 am)

    What a delicious looking bundt cake!

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    Juliana December 30, 2013 (11:43 am)

    Beautiful cake Balvinder…I love the orange chocolate and yes, hazelnut!
    Happy New Year dear 😀

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    Bam's Kitchen December 30, 2013 (8:42 pm)

    Beautiful cake, hey its almost healthy with all of that orange zest! I would love to sink my teeth into a bite now. Wishing you a super New Years!

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    Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style December 31, 2013 (12:08 pm)

    What beautiful marbling! Thanks for sharing, Balvinder.

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    anne January 2, 2014 (2:02 am)

    Your cake reminds of the the coffeecake that I’ve bookmarked from King Arthur’s site and planning to actually bake it for our New Year’s dessert . Sadly , no dessert that nite since I didn’t have much time to spare 😛 😀 I love the citrus and chocolate combo of this cake though I haven’t tried this combo yet . The texture of your cake looks moist and marbling is beautiful !

    Happy New year , Bal !!!

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      Balvinder January 10, 2014 (6:27 am)

      Is it the orange flavored with coffee?

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    Katerina January 3, 2014 (12:57 am)

    Delicious cake! I enjoy my cake with a hot mug of chocolate! I wish to you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year Balvinder!

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    Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania January 3, 2014 (9:35 am)

    Wow, this cake is just apt for the New Year month. I think, if I bake this cake, my kids would want it daily…they are very fond of GOOD cakes. Loved the marbled look!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes January 4, 2014 (6:21 am)

    The marble cake looks fabulous!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    Chai a cup of life January 6, 2014 (4:47 am)

    I could not think of anything better to eat than choccie cake right now! Looks yummy! Happy New Year…

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    Ansh January 8, 2014 (5:38 pm)

    Chocolate and Orange are perfect for each other. Love It. Thanks for sharing. Happy New year , Bal.

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    Asmita January 10, 2014 (5:57 am)

    What a gorgeous cake! Love all the flavors!

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    Amelia January 15, 2014 (9:25 pm)

    Hi Balvinder, orange and chocolate are the best pairing. Your cake look very delightful. Well done.

    Have a nice day.

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