Sunday, 14 September 2014

Chocolate Nugget-Orange Flax Cake

For this edition of the Home Bakers hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, the chosen cake is the Chocolate Nugget-Orange Flax Cake, picked by me. I have never baked a cake with flaxseed meal (I usually bake it in bread) and because I love orange and chocolate which are both ingredients for this cake, this was my cake of choice. 

This cake is definitely a healthier choice as only some oil is used and the cake is largely moistened by yoghurt and honey. The use of wholemeal flour and flaxseed meal adds a good amount of fiber to this cake as well. 

The combination of chocolate, orange and nuts add a flavourful punch. My family enjoyed this cake very much. 

Chocolate Nugget  Orange Flaxseed Cake
By Lou Seibert Pappas

  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry or whole-meal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1.5 cups low fat plain yoghurt or buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp thawed frozen orange juice concentrate (I substituted with orange juice)
  • 2 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1.5 cups flax cereal (I used flaxseed meal)
  • 3/4 cups dried currants or golden raisins
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. Stir to blend.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the oil, buttermilk or yoghurt, honey, orange juice concentrate and orange zest.
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
  • Mix in the flax cereal and currants or raisins.
  • Turn into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Toss the nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 mins or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Serve warm, cut into squares or strips.


  1. This look absolutely amazing!
    I love chocolate and orange together!

  2. Love the chocolate and orange combination too! Bet it is as delicious as it looks!

  3. I love all the healthy ingredients you have used in this moist and delicious cake!

  4. Mich, I love the look and the ingredients in this cake! Healthy and yummy, what a perfect combination hah..hah....

  5. Wow healthy and delicious - yes agree with PH, a great combination :)

  6. Very interesting and different cake this is! I bet it is tasty with all those flavors in it!

  7. I love the combination of chocolate and orange. Your cake looks nice and moist.

  8. We have some golden flaxseeds here , adding it to cakes sounds really good ! Looking at the ingredients , I concur that is one healthy and delicious cake :D

  9. This sounds fab, chocolate and orange are always a winner!

  10. Jaffa flavour is MY jam, it looks so delicious :D

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  11. Hi Mich,
    This cake looks good! Would be great as a snack with a cup of tea! I will be baking this tomorrow and shall be posting it soon.
    No worries about the email! :)

  12. I love chocolate and orange combination! this cake is definitely delicious! I'd gladly eat 3 pieces to my afternoon tea ;P

  13. Hi Mich, lovely cake you baked, love all the healthy ingredients used here. Great presentation!

  14. Nice cake Mich...I absolutely like the idea of using flaxseed meal in this cake...I just got a bag of it at Costco...awesome flavors!
    Have a great week :D

  15. Hi Mich,

    Knowing you, I know that you will choose this recipe when I saw it in this book :p

    I'm never a flax seed person but used to see my mum eating heaps with her breakfast or smoothies. I prefer the idea of incorporating flax seeds into a cake rather than in cereal or drinks. Hmmm...


  16. Great idea to bake with flaxseeds and orange and chocolate go hand in hand together. Well risen too! Great baking as usual Mich.

  17. Delicious looking cake, always nice to slip in a few healthy things for our family along the way... Chocolate and orange are a perfect match. Take Care

  18. Hi Mich , I've baked this cake today & my family love it very much too . Your cake looks very tasty & moist . Great pick indeed ;)

  19. Hi Mich, how you doing? Sorry for not visiting your blog for quite sometime, I was away from blogland for a while but am back now.

    Your this cake look so delightful, texture look soft and moist. Great to go with a nice cup of coffee. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  20. Hi Mich!
    Did you bake this cake for me??? I do believe with a few more tweaks I could actually eat this cake and enjoy every bite! I suppose it's about time I jump on the Chocolate Orange "wagon" and give it a try. I am so excited to see this healthy cake, Mich. I am definitely saving it!!! Thank you so much for sharing...your cake looks awesome!!!

    1. Hi Mich:)
      Hope all is well in your little corner of the world. I just wanted to pop over to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Hope to "see" you soon:)

  21. Looks really delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I might try this anytime soon. =)

  22. hi mich, not sure will i be baking this or not ..but im quite keen on this cake cos it sounds like a great combo altogether and yours look perfectly baked!

  23. damn delicious cake!!!
    healthy and comforting too, craving some for my brunch.....

  24. oh goodie, this cake looked so soft & fluffy, and yes the orange & choc, both are great combis!!!

  25. Sounds quite healthy using minimum oil and it looks very moist and delicious at the same time! :)

  26. Hi Mich.. I am back to see what you've been up to.. Lol. Your cake looks moist n superb. Just the kind of cake tat I'd like to have w a cup of hot tea!

  27. Hi Mich,
    Hope everything is fine and well!

  28. yummy, i would love to try making these delights!

  29. Hi Mich,

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  31. This cake looks SO GOOD!! I am loving the orange and chocolate combo!

  32. wonderful...i'm so excited to have this right now in mu mouth.

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  33. Damn delicious and healthy cake recipe!!!

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  35. wow... all those fabulous healthy foods in cake! Sounds like a cake I need to bake! Thanks for the recipe

  36. Hi Mich!
    Just popping by to wish you a happy March! Hope all is well in your little corner of the world:)

  37. This looks really yummy, I hope I can also bake. Thank you for sharing your recipe and the whole instructions. I will follow it. Thank you =)

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  41. wow it looks so delicious i want to make some Chocolate Nugget Orange Flaxseed Cake for my friends.
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  42. Wow! this looks very delicious. thank you for the tutorial I'm gonna try making this for my kids.