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Chocolate Orange Cake: Egg Free, Cow Milk Free and Gluten Free Recipe

Updated on December 1, 2016
A free chocolate orange cake and icing recipe you'll want to keep on hand.
A free chocolate orange cake and icing recipe you'll want to keep on hand. | Source

A Fabulously Good Chocolate Orange Cake -- A Free Recipe!

Thanks to the amazing discovery that ground flax seed is a good replacement for eggs in baked goods I’ve been working to develop some new recipes free of ingredients that trigger allergies. It was important to me to find out whether foods I knew I would like and could eat would work with this substitution.

A Cake Experiment

This recipe is my first dessert experiment using a new-to-me egg substitution with my other tried and true substitutions, such as coconut oil for butter. If the ground flax seed egg replacement did not work with chocolate and the other substitutions I need there would not be much point in my trying the egg substitution again–this egg free cake was a must try.

Well, any hesitation or question about using this egg substitution was instantly blown to the wind with the first bite of my chocolate orange cake. More experiments will definitely follow and I'll try to share them here on HubPages.

The cake is on the dense side but not as heavy as brownies. Rich with favorite flavors that seem to follow each other, overlap, and then blend deliciously, this recipe will be a regular at our house. It makes music on the tongue, and yes, I am unashamedly singing its praises and boasting at the success!

When people learn about the high-quality ingredients they are doubly delighted with the cake. I secretly feel that it’s kind of silly for me to get the applause, though. How could anyone go wrong when using such goodness in a recipe?

Hope you like this milk free, egg free, gluten free, chocolate orange cake with a chocolate orange frosting as much as we and our guests have enjoyed it. It is not a low calorie dessert, but the calories are healthy ones as opposed to the nutritionally empty ones of many desserts.

We find my new chocolate orange cake dangerously good, and doubly so because it serves up simply yet elegantly, making any occasion special. We, therefore, will have to be careful not to overindulge!

Chocolate Orange Cake Ingredients

  • 1 Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Full-Flavored Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice, Room Temperature, Fresh Squeezed if Possible
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Orange Extract, Not Imitation
  • 3 Tablespoons Golden Flax Seed, Finely Ground
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Flax, Juice, and Coconut Oil?

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Golden Flax Seed Ready to GrindGolden Flax Seed Ground, Ready to be WateredFresh Squeezed Orange Juice for Chocolate CakeFull Flavored Coconut Oil for Chocolate Orange CakeGluten Free Cake MixOrganic Chocolate Icing MixThis Chocolate Orange Cake is Beyond Good
Golden Flax Seed Ready to Grind
Golden Flax Seed Ready to Grind | Source
Golden Flax Seed Ground, Ready to be Watered
Golden Flax Seed Ground, Ready to be Watered | Source
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice for Chocolate Cake
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice for Chocolate Cake | Source
Full Flavored Coconut Oil for Chocolate Orange Cake
Full Flavored Coconut Oil for Chocolate Orange Cake | Source
Gluten Free Cake Mix
Gluten Free Cake Mix | Source
Organic Chocolate Icing Mix
Organic Chocolate Icing Mix | Source
This Chocolate Orange Cake is Beyond Good
This Chocolate Orange Cake is Beyond Good | Source
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  1. Preheat oven according to cake package directions.
  2. Prepare a 9" cake pan with baking spray.
  3. Set out orange juice to become room temperature and the coconut oil to become liquid. (Depending on the room temperature you may need to slightly warm the coconut oil in the microwave--very slightly!)
  4. In a medium-large mixing bowl, mix the ground flax seed with the water. Allow to sit and gel for 15 minutes.
  5. Mix the orange juice and orange extract with the gelled flax seed. (It took a few minutes to get them mixed evenly. I wound up using the electric mixer to blend them thoroughly.)
  6. Pour coconut oil into the juice and flax mixture while blending it in with the mixer.
  7. Add cake mix and blend, then mix according to directions, making sure that the flax mixture and cake mix are combined well. The batter will be thick, but not as thick as brownies.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly, and bake according to package directions. (I find that the baking times for chocolate recipes are too long for my oven. I have to be careful not to over bake anything chocolate, especially since chocolate burns easily.)
  9. Cool for about 10 minutes and turn onto a pretty serving plate to finish cooling.
  10. Frost as soon as it is completely cooled. Be sure to check out the frosting recipe below.
Dairy Free and GF Chocolate Orange Cake with a Quick Icing Recipe
Dairy Free and GF Chocolate Orange Cake with a Quick Icing Recipe | Source

Chocolate Orange Cake Frosting

Fast, easy, and yum, use the following to ice your cake and be ready to share the recipe with those you serve it to:

• 1 Package Dr. Oaetkers Organic chocolate frosting mix

• 1/2 Cup full-flavored coconut oil to replace the butter

• 1/4 Orange juice to replace the water

• 1/2 Teaspoon orange extract

Mix according to package directions.

Frost room temperature cake.

Store airtight.

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Can Flax Seed be Used as a Replacement for Egg in a Made-From-Scratch Cake?

No problem! Adapting the wonderful ingredients for this cow milk free, egg free, and gluten free recipe to a homemade cake recipe would be, excuse the cliche, a piece of cake. I’m hoping to come up with a made from scratch recipe soon. (If you beat me to it and write a hub about it, let me know so I can link it here!)

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    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Lovely! It looks dense, like a teacake. What a wonderful effort. Soon you'll be publishing your own gluten-free recipe collection! Vote up & awesome.

    • Eliminate Cancer profile image

      Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I think I'll try it. I'm not gluten-free, but I am trying to reduce dairy, maybe eventually go vegan or raw - I love how you experiment!! I wish I had the guts to do that. Maybe I will get there someday... in the meantime, I will enjoy your hubs!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      That looks wonderful - I love the pictures, especially the one with the smiley face! This cake looks like it will meet the requirements of all the various members of my family. I will have to look for the coconut oil.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      The Dirt Farmer:

      Lovely it is, and there is a denseness to it, but it's smooth. I am having fun putting my GF, cow milk free, and now egg free recipes together. I'm rolling a new one around the back of my brain right now--stay tuned for more. Thanks much for your visit and input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Eliminate Cancer:

      Hope you get to try this cake soon and that we get to hear how you like it. I need to be cow milk free, but am trying to reduce the amount of gluten and eggs we eat, therefore I'm being quite adventurous with experiments. I try to do a lot of research on ingredients before putting a recipe together, and even so there have been some goofs. Maybe they would make a fun hub...

      Thanks bunches for visiting and letting me know you enjoy the recipe hubs. You inspire me to continue! So appreciate your input!

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