Super Healthy Chocolate Orange Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting (Vegan + GF)



Healthy Chocolate Orange Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting


Those who have been following my blog for a while will now know my love for chocolate! If there is one thing that I simply can’t resist it has to be chocolate :) Knowing my weakness for it I try to avoid buying regular chocolate cakes and cookies. I can eat a dozen of chocolate cookies in minutes.

I am just not able to control my sweet tooth with all the mouthwatering bakes my fellow bloggers are sharing for Christmas. I can’t stop thinking about baking. Instead of trying to control my urges I decided to give in! But I was not ready to eat bakes full of calories.

I took my basic cake recipe which is vegan and tweaked around to make it healthier and made a batch of chocolate muffins. It turned out really great. I took pictures and I was all ready to share the recipe with you all. Then suddenly I realized that most of my bakes are very casual and rustic. I end up making things which are mostly snacks or breakfast type muffins/cakes. I decided that I have to try something different this time. Since festivity is all over, I thought I will bake a cake which is (though very healthy) fancy enough for a party table. I had to create something that looks tempting even for a person who is not really interested in the health factor :) . I asked my readers on my Facebook Page and Twitter and I was right, most people voted for a cake over muffins!


A slice of this cake is actually good for you ;) (well… almost)


Within minutes I had made up my mind on what I was going to bake. I decided to make it an Orange Chocolate Cake as oranges are in season right now and I have a dozen in my fruit basket at any point. I simply LOVE oranges and when it’s in season I just have to eat a few everyday. I had never really tried orange and chocolate together but I was quite sure I will love it. Also I wanted to make a frosting which is creamy and rich which will compliment the cake.

Ever since I started vegan baking I just can’t get myself to bake any other way. I think I just like the taste better when it’s vegan.  But I have never really tried baking with many different flours. I have tried sorghum flour earlier but it was always paired with whole wheat flour. This time I decided to try oat flour and chickpea flour. I was quite apprehensive about this combination but I went ahead anyway.


Chocolate Orange Cake


Now let me come to the healthy part which is my favorite thing about the recipe! A slice of this cake is actually good for you ;) (well… almost) The main ingredients in this recipe are Chickpea flour which is high in protein and Oat flour for extra fiber in addition to its other goodness. It has pureed dates which are rich in several vitamins and minerals. Date puree in the recipe is used for moisture and sweetness which means there is a very small amount of sweetener and fat needed! I have used light olive oil for heart friendly fat and natural organic black jaggery as sweetener. You can use any oil of your choice and sucanat, unrefined cane sugar, palm sugar or any other preferred natural alternative to refined white sugar here. The cake also has flax seed meal as egg replacement which is considered as the biggest nutrient payloads on the planet! The only liquid used in this cake is fresh orange juice! I used freshly squeezed juices from 6 oranges which gives it a subtle and delicate orange taste to the cake which builds up as you eat.

Coming to the tastiest part of the cake, the frosting! The frosting on this cake is silky, rich, sweet and intensely chocolaty! But it has no butter or cream or even sugar! This awesome frosting is entirely made out of pureed dates, cocoa and orange juice and marmalade! No, you can’t taste the date at all in it. Chocolate easily overpowers other flavours and with orange flavor also added all you can taste is a fabulously creamy, sweet chocolate frosting.

Together this cake is a dream! I would confidently say that this is the best cake I have ever baked :) . I am more than happy with the results. Cake has fluffy soft crumbs and is not overly sweet. With the frosting together it tastes just right. All the people who tasted this cake loved it and most preferred it with vanilla ice-cream.

For the oat flour I dry roasted quick cooking oats and ground it into a fine powder. If you are Gluten Intolerant please make sure you use Gluten Free oat flour. I used fresh orange juice here but I think bottled juice (buy artificial colour, sugar and preservative free) would work fine. I also made my own date paste by soaking the whole dates in hot water for 3-4 hours. Make sure you skin them, deseed them and grind it into a fine paste. Sieve it if there are any lumps left.

So here’s my healthy cake for the festival season! Go ahead and bake this for your Christmas or New Year party and eat it too… Trust me when I say that you will be left wanting more. I baked this yesterday and I have none left ;)


Fresh Oranges for the Cake


Perfect texture


Vegan Chocolate frosting


Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake


Chocolate Orange Cake



  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup GF oat flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal + 6 tbsp water
  • ½ cup powdered jaggery/cane sugar/sucanat
  • ½ cup date puree
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade.
  • ¼ cup light olive oil


  • 1 cup date puree
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 3 -4 tbsp orange juice


Pre heat the oven at 180 degree C.

Stir in the flax seed in 6tbsp water, mix well and keep it aside.

Dry roast the chickpea flour in low flame till slightly golden. If you are making the oat flour yourself, dry roast quick cooking oats in low flame for some time and grind it into a fine powder. Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.

Mix the flax seed mixture and powdered jaggery well till the jaggery is completely dissolved. Now add the other liquids one by one stirring well.

Combine both the dry and wet ingredients and mix till there are not lumps left.

Pour it into a greased tin and place it in the preheated oven.

Bake at 180 degree C for 10 minutes and then continue to bake at 150 for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on the cake and as soon as the cracks appear on the surface check if cooked by inserting a tooth pick right in the center. Do not over bake as it’ll result in a dry cake. Let the cake come to room temperate.

For the frosting simply combine all the ingredients and stir well. Make sure you have a smooth date puree as lumpy or grainy puree will result in a not so nice frosting. Sieve the mixture if necessary. Add orange juice to attain the desires frosting consistency.

To assemble simply pour the frosting on top of the cake and spread to cover complete cake and all the cracks. Decorate the cake with fresh orange slices.

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  • Norah

    Thank you sooooo much!!! GET THIS! The cake was SO good it tricked all my family! Even my picky little sister liked it AND asked for seconds! You are pure genius! I didn’t tell them it was healthy because I didn’t need to. It literally passed as a regular chocolate cake! You accomplished something today which is putting a smile on all our faces :)

  • Joy Roxborough

    Hi, this looks awesome! just wanted to know, if I put the frosting on will it still be okay a few days later? i was wondering if this type of frosting will encourage mould growth or make the cake go soggy or something bad like that? Thanks

  • Beyana

    Hey chinmayie,
    I tried this cake n it turned out dense n moist though… I dint use jaggery but used equal amt of date purée to make it totally healthy… But this cake was a bit sour I don’t know y… Is it due to the oranges in there….?… Hmm… Finally I admit that these are done by experts and not to be attempted by beginners like me at home… Hehehe… But I’ll surely indulge in the cake that I have made n finish it off due to my sweet tooth… Ur pics are amazing n that’s the only factor that made me attempt it… N am not sorry about the results though… :) … Wish I cld have a slice of ur cake to c if mine is anywhere around urs….

  • susan

    this tasted great when I first made it using olive oil. the second time, I used coconut oil which overwhelmed the overall flavor of the cake, so avoid using coconut oil for this recipe.

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  • Miti

    This looks very good. my daughter is really allergic to the usual cake ingredients (milk/butter, wheat) will give this one a go soon. thanks so much!

  • Janet

    I cant wait to try this! incredible blog and recipes! thank you! Check out my recipes an blog if you like at

  • Lakshmi

    An interesting recipe! Especially the choice of flour… chocolate-orange cannot go wrong.

    I usually bake cakes in a lower temperature (150 C) a bit longer. They become soft & moist with less cracks.

    Your cake looks delicious.

  • Madhura

    real healthy cake.

    few ‘healthy’ cakes that i’ve seen have loads of oil instead of butter and few tbsps of oats.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Chocolate orange cake that’s good for you….I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!!! Yum!! I love this as chocolate and orange is my all time favourite combination.

  • Poornima

    I can’t believe this one is actually healthy. Fabulous cake and love the orange slices!

  • Jesica@ Pencil Kitchen

    This is simply beautiful! We can never have enough chocolate cakes… I just can’t imagine how one can not like our best friend “Chocolate”… And orange with chocolate… They have always been and will always be such a surprising match for each other..

  • Kiran @

    Super healthy dessert?!? Give me 10 slices :D

  • Bethany

    I found this post through Vegan Breakfast. HOLY. COW. You may be my favorite person. Gluten free, dairy free, simple ingredients. Following you now. :)

  • Rosa

    That cake looks amazing! A divine treat. I love the picture of the oranges.



  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry

    wow, so chocolate and healthy can be said in the same sentence, huh? :) its the same with me, my deplorable sweet tooth (and chocolate addiction) always gets the better of me! awesome pics, this recipe is goin into my must-try list for sure!

  • EA-The Spicy RD

    LOVE the combo of chocolate and oranges together! You have created a beautiful cake, and I love all the healthy ingredients!

  • Jo

    Looks delicious, I love chocolate. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake

    Is it possible to substitute the flax seed meal for something else? Looks delicious, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to find that here.

  • Brooke

    You, my friend, are a cake making genius! What a great idea to use dates instead of sugar! And I love that you made it gluten free, too! I wonder what I would have to do to get my hands on some jaggery. I’d never heard of it till you started talking about it and now I really want to try it!

  • Anita Menon

    Chickpea flour is besan? The cake looks gorgeous..

  • Cara

    At first I couldn’t believe that you didn’t use xanthan gum to keep it together but when I saw the date puree, I thought, “Pure genius!” This is what does the trick, right? I am super impressed and now I must put this cake on my “To Make” list…

  • foodwanderings

    Hi Miss Chimnayie, we are totally the opposite. I got a savory tooth is one exists but if you present me with a slice of this cake I will probably have two!! :) Nice snapshot of the oranges. Funny how they are different with the green skin. Loved seeing that!!

  • Sarah

    a cake with besan!!! wow!!! i’m a chocoholic too… And severely addicted… love the clicks!

  • Nash at Plateful

    Oh my yes, I want this!! That shot of the frosting is so sooo enticing… I did a quick eyeball of your ingredients thinking I could make this today. Unfortunately, I’m missing most of your ingredients–flaxseeds, orange marmalade, date puree ha. Hey how did you puree the dates.. or did you buy it from the store. Anyways, this is totally gorgeous girl. One of your best cake recipes so far!

  • Richa@HobbyandMore

    chinmayie… u keep outdoing yourself!.. that is one gorgeous cake and i cant tell that its gf.. perfectly baked! love those cute fresh orange slices on top.. i miss ripe sweet oranges!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That sounds like my kind of cake: chocolate and full of good for you ingredients!

  • Sanjeeta kk

    Now this is what I call a super healthy innovation in Cake world..chickpea flour in cake…Hmm..making my next Holiday trip to B’lore :)

  • Deesha

    I was so waiting for this post. Yummy de yummmm

  • Neeta

    This looks awesome and the recipe is very creative – love it and will definitely make it soon, thanks :-)

  • Cristina

    I absolutely love the idea of this healthy cake and frosting. I have looked at trying gluten free baking, but I’m intimidated by the different flours (some are hard to find and pricey) and don’t know enough about it to feel confident to make adjustments if I have to. I think, however, you have inspired me to work on these fears for the coming New Year.

    Wish I could taste a slice of this decadent and healthy chocolaty cake! Looks so delicious!! :)

  • Poornima

    OMG…that looks heavenly and I can’t believe the ingredients. Awesome recipe!!

  • Madhavi

    This has to be the healthiest dessert ever! Great looking!

    Love your blog and keep it coming!

    I share your love for chocolate too.. :)

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