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Easy Chocolate Orange Sheet Cake (video)

Dessert doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated! This super easy and delicious chocolate orange sheet cake is 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 chocolate 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.

Candied Oranges

For the topping this easy sheet cake, 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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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.

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