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Jack-o'-lantern chocolate orange cakes recipe

Jack-o'-lantern chocolate orange cakes recipe

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Conjure up some magic in the kitchen with this frightfully fruity Halloween idea. Hollow out the inside of an orange and fill with chocolate cake mix for a real treat this October. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 25 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 306 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 4 large oranges
  • 7 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 medium egg
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 20%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    20g 23%
  • Salt

    0.3g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 43.2g Protein 4.9g Fibre 0.9g


  1. Slice the top off 1 orange and set aside. Holding it over a bowl to catch the juice, run a small, serrated knife around the inside of the skin to remove most of the flesh. Use a dessertspoon to scoop out the rest (you don’t need to get down to the white pith).
  2. Cut out triangles for the eyes and nose. Cut a zigzag for the top of the mouth and a connecting straight line for the bottom. Return the cut-out pieces to the holes to act as ‘plugs’. Wrap with clingfilm to secure, leaving the top open, then repeat with the remaining oranges, reserving the juice.
  3. For the chocolate cake, put the remaining ingredients in a bowl with 1 tbsp orange juice and whisk until combined and smooth. Working one at a time, half-fill an orange with the cake mixture (about 50g), transfer to a microwaveable plate and microwave on 700W for 2 mins. The cake may spill out of the top a little, but don’t worry.
  4. Remove the clingfilm and set aside. Leave to cool for a few mins, then remove the orange ‘plugs’. Repeat with the remaining oranges and cake mix. Pop the orange tops back on before serving.

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