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slice of chocolate orange cake topped in dried orange slices and crushed pistachios in front of large cake
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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Orange Cake

A decadent chocolate cake infused with oranges. This vegan recipe is made with polenta, making this a flourless and gluten-free cake. Refined sugar-free too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cake, chocolate, flourless cake, gluten-free, healthy, polenta
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Reena Sharma


  • 300 g coarse polenta
  • 150 ml rapeseed oil
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • The juice and zest of 2 large oranges
  • 75 ml soy milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp orange extract/oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 180C
  • For the cake, combine all dry ingredients together
  • Mix all of the wet ingredients together and pour into the dry
  • Whisk together to achieve a creamy batter
  • Pour into a greased cake tin, lined with greaseproof paper
  • Bake for 35 minutes and leave to cool. Top with melted dairy-free chocolate and crushed nuts (optional)


  • Polenta can be subbed in a 50/50 ratio with almond flour and/or coconut flour
  • Sugar can be used instead of maple syrup
  • Rapeseed oil can be replaced with any other type of oil
  • Any plant milk can be used in place of soy milk


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg