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Chocolate Orange Marble Chiffon Cake


4 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

When you want to bake something special, delicious and perfectly sweet, make this Chocolate Orange Marble Chiffon Cake. Bright orange meets rich chocolate. Wow them with the pretty glaze, then slice it to reveal the striking chocolate marble. Perfect for a special event or welcoming new neighbors!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
29 minutes
Bake Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours


  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/4 cup

    hot water

  • 1-1/2 cups

    sugar, plus 3 tablespoons, divided

  • 2 Tbsps

    vegetable oil, plus 1/2 cup, divided

  • 2-1/4 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 3 tsps

    baking powder

  • 1 tsp


  • 3/4 cup

    cold water

  • 7

    egg yolks

  • 1 cup

    egg whites (about 8)

  • 1/2 tsp

    cream of tartar

  • 1 Tbsp

    freshly grated orange peel

  • Orange Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup

    butter or margarine

  • 2 cups

    powdered sugar

  • 2 to 3 Tbsps

    orange juice

  • 1/2 tsp

    freshly grated orange peel


Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven & stovetop
oven & stovetop
10-inch tube pan
10-inch tube pan
heatproof funnel
heatproof funnel
serving plate
serving plate
rubber scraper
rubber scraper

Remove top oven rack; move other rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 325°F.


Stir together cocoa and hot water in medium bowl; stir in 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons oil; set aside. Stir together flour, remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; add cold water, remaining 1/2 cup oil and egg yolks; beat with spoon until smooth.


Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in another large bowl on high speed of mixer until stiff peaks form. Pour egg yolk mixture in a thin stream over beaten whites, gently folding just until blended. Remove 2 cups batter; add to chocolate mixture, gently folding in until well blended. Fold orange peel into remaining batter.


Spoon half of orange batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan; drop half the chocolate batter on top by spoonfuls. Repeat layers of orange and chocolate batters. Gently swirl with knife for marbled effect, leaving definite orange and chocolate areas.


Bake 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately invert cake in pan onto heatproof funnel; cool completely. Remove cake from pan; invert onto serving plate. Prepare Orange Glaze; spread over top of cake, allowing glaze to run down sides. Garnish as desired.

Orange Glaze:

Melt 1/3 cup butter or margarine in medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel, beating with whisk until smooth and of desired consistency.

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