Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

Super light, fluffy and deliciously moist, no one will believe you that this Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake is actually vegan!

Vegan cakes are delicious!

If you are vegan you don’t need me to tell you this, you already know! Before I’d given vegan baking a try, I was very sceptical. I didn’t know what the texture would be like and whether the texture would be different to the baking I was used to. 

This Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake was my first attempt at vegan baking. Obviously I needed some help and that came in the form of Kate from Veggie Desserts. If anyone refers to a cake as The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake, you know it has to be great. So I took this as my base recipe and gave it a few tweaks to make it into my version which is Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake.

Vegan food is increasing in popularity 

Over the last few years, veganism has become a lot more popular. Whether you are vegan, dairy free or just trying to eat less dairy; vegan cakes are great to have in your repertoire. It is always nice to have a collection of recipes you can go to so that everyone’s dietary requirements are catered for. It makes people feel more loved and included if you can cater for them which is always lovely. Another variation that you might like are Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Do vegan cakes taste different?

Not at all. If you weren’t told this Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake was vegan, I strongly believe you wouldn’t be able to tell. Numerous people have tasted this cake and other vegan cakes I have baked and they wouldn’t have guessed. When they find out they are surprised at how light and fluffy they are. 

I know this cake doesn’t have buttercream, but I think dairy-free margarine makes absolutely delicious buttercream. My Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes are my favourite cupcakes and a lot of this is to do with the silky smooth buttercream. 

Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake baking tips 

One of my least favourite baking tasks is sifting ingredients. Because of this, I do try to avoid sieving as much as possible but please do make sure you sieve the flour and cocoa powder for this cake. If you don’t you do run the risk of little lumps of flour finding their way into your finished cake. While this isn’t a disaster, it doesn’t look the best in the finished cake. So bite the bullet and get your sieve out! 

Don’t get alarmed by adding coffee to the cake! Coffee is a great way of enhancing the chocolate flavour in baking. You won’t taste it in the finished cake but it will have worked its magic. 

5 from 2 votes

Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

Super light, fluffy and deliciously moist, no one will believe you that this Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake is actually vegan!

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Chocolate Orange, Vegan, Dairy Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 207 kcal
Author Adapted from Veggie Desserts


  • 280 ml soy milk or any non-dairy milk such as almond
  • 1 orange zested
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 150 g dairy free margarine
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 275 g self raising flour
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 160ΒΊC (fan assisted, 180ΒΊC non fan) and line a 2lb loaf tin

  2. Zest the orange before juicing it. Whisk the orange juice and soy milk together and set aside

  3. In a pan over a medium heat, gently melt the margarine, coffee and golden syrup. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool slightly
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl before adding the milk and margarine mixtures and orange zest. Stir well until the batter is smooth

  5. Pour the cake mix into the loaf tin. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean when poked into the cake

  6. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack and leaving to cool completely

Recipe Notes

Keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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31 thoughts on “Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

  1. Jenny Paulin

    ooooh your cake looks so delicious Cat, and you can never go wrong with chocolate and orange together. You could never tell the cake is a vegan one – it looks amazing!
    Thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

  2. CakePants

    This looks fantastic! I don’t keep to a vegan diet, but I do like to make vegan treats every once and a while. Chocolate and orange is such a tantalizing combo, and the crumb looks SO moist!

  3. Choclette

    I remember how surprised I was when I reluctantly made my first vegan cake a few years ago. I’ve never looked back. Chocolate and orange is a much loved combination and your cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with #WeShouldCocoa.

  4. Sammie

    I now have a fantastic vegan cake recipe to bake for friends and family who are vegan. It looks deliciously moist too. Just a quick tip, as I am not a fan of sifting either. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and stir with a balloon whisk, it works a treat and I use it for icing sugar with cocoa.

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