Cocoa Swirl Coffee Cake With Orange Glaze

 Out of this vintage cookbook comes this tasty orange and chocolate coffee cake. I had made this up for breakfast and it is so good. If you are into the chocolate orange flavors, this coffee cake is for you.

This recipe has a cake section, a chocolate crumb section, and an orange glaze. To layer the cake you put one third of the batter in the pan, followed by half of the crumb mixture, followed by 1 cup of the cake batter, the remaining crumb mixture and the remaining cake batter.

I got the batter in..

Then half of the crumb mixture..
I added more batter, but I started to realize I am starting to run low on batter and may have initially put too much in at the beginning.
I ended up with a little bit of batter on top.
I decided to swirl the crumb mixture with a knife. It had worked out. 

Cocoa Swirl Coffee Cake with Orange Glaze

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Cake batter ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Chocolate Crumb Mixture
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons melted butter
Orange Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel

Combine flour sugar, baking powder and salt, cut in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs.
add the reaming cake batter ingredients; set aside.
Combine the chocolate crumb ingredients until it forms a crumb mixture.
Spread 3/4 of the batter in greased 8x8 pan.
Sprinkle half the crumb mixture.
Spread 1 cup of the cake, sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture. 
Spread the remaining cake batter.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until cake tester (or toothpick) inserted comes out clean.
While cake is baking make the orange glaze, combine all orange glaze ingredients until smooth.
When the cake is done, let is cool slightly. 
Spread with the orange glaze and serve warm.



  1. Oh Lord - don't let my hubby see this recipe. He craves sweets almost to the exclusion of anything else and needs to trim down a bit (as do I)!!!
    Thanks for sharing at

  2. Yummm! That looks like an amazing cake!


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