Dessert doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated! These super easy chocolate orange cake bars are made with orange marmalade and topped with a simple chocolate ganache! These little cake bars pack a ton of chocolate and orange flavor and they’re a great way to finish any meal!
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My mom shared this recipe with me because it’s been such a great hit with everyone! The cake itself isn’t too sweet and the chocolate ganache on top adds a bit of richness to the cake. I love the combination of orange and chocolate – it’s a classic combo that never gets old! You get a bit of the bitterness and citrus-y flavor from the orange rind in the orange marmalade, which goes so well with this cake.
If you want to add even more orange flavor, try adding the zest of 1 or 2 oranges into the cake batter. It will add more fresh orange flavor! You can also add orange oil, which packs a really powerful punch of orange flavor. It can even be added to the chocolate ganache for extra flavor.
For the top, I purchased jelly orange slices, but candied orange will also work great for this recipe. Just slice a few oranges and prepare a sugar syrup: 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water. Bring the sugar syrup to a simmer in a large frying pan, then add the orange slices. Cook the slices for 3 to 5 minutes, until the meaty part of the fruit is translucent. Remove the slices onto a wire rack and allow to cool, then add to the cake!
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Looking for more chocolate cake recipes? Try my Orange Marmalade Cake next! https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/orange-marmalade-cake/
Try my popular ‘Ferrero Rocher Cake’ here: https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/ferrero-rocher-cake/
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These marmalade citrus slices are the easiest topping for these cake bars.
Add a bit of orange oil to the batter or ganache for more flavor!
I love this set of nesting glass mixing bowls for prepping ingredients – keeps everything organized!
And this brownie pan is great for cakes and brownies alike.