Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Oranges Cake

This is hands down the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever made. I does not have any butter or fattening frosting, which makes it a relatively healthy indulgence, and a real boost of Iron! I have decided this will be part of my holiday gifts to my friends. Hope you enjoy it!

I am giving you the shortcut recipe as I don’t think you will have a lot of time to make cakes from scratch…

Serves 6 to 8

Cooking time : 40 minutes

Start to finish time 60 minutes


1 Package of Dunkin Hines Devil’s Food cake mix

3 Eggs

1 Cup water

1/3 cup orange juice (instead of oil)

½ Teaspoon salt

½ Cup candied oranges, diced (or candied ginger)

2 Tablespoons of peeled and grated fresh ginger

½ Teaspoon ground clove buds

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Cup Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips

For the frosting :

1 Cup orange marmalade

1 Tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

¼ Cup orange juice


Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees, on bake option.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk/mix the eggs for a full 3 minutes until they are perfectly foamy. Reduce the mixing speed and slowly add the water, orange juice, salt, then the cake mix and cocoa powder. Keep mixing until the batter is perfectly smooth.

Place the chocolate ships in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on high for 1 minute 20 seconds. Some chips may not melt, that is ok, they will add some crunch to the cake.

Add the melted chocolate chips and continue mixing for another 3o seconds.

Stop mixing. Add the diced candied oranges, the grated fresh ginger, and gently mix with a spatula.

Grease a 9” or 10” round cake pan with butter.

Pour the batter in the greased cake pan, and place it in the oven, on the middle rack. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Carefully remove the cake from the pan while it is still warm.

In a small sauce pan, bring the grated ginger to a boil in the orange juice. Add the orange marmalade and keep stirring until the mixture starts bubbling. Remove from the heat and pour it over the cake.

Allow the cake to cool down before serving.