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Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake

This chocolate orange gingerbread cake is made with white whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour. Plus it’s packed full of chocolate chips and candied ginger.

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake on a white plate.

I get a little weird around the holidays. Some years I’m super into the whole “let’s decorate the house and buy each other all the presents in the world!” and some years I’m a little more “Eh.”

This year is an “eh” year.

I didn’t put up my tree (why put up a tree when you only have to take it down?) and I’m pretty sure my husband and I have decided we will just go to dinner as our Christmas gift to each other.

Although I really do want some freaking moose mugs.

I sorta feel like I’m turning into an old cranky lady who hates the spirit of Christmas and all the joy it brings.

Sadly I’m 32. Not 82.

A slice of Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake.

However, the one thing I will always love about Christmas (and that will NEVER change) is my deep burning love for cheesy Lifetime/Hallmark/ABC Family Christmas movies.

I can seriously watch them all day every day. The cheesier they are the more I love them.

It’s so bad. I just finished a movie to which my husband said out loud “This was the worst movie I have ever seen.”

What does he know? That movie was about Christmas, Montana, a calendar full of hot men (for charity!), and love. 

How is that bad?

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake sliced on a plate.

I know I can’t just make a cake and not tell you anything about it.

This simple little bundt cake is packed full of chocolate, gingerbread, AND orange flavor.

Plus I threw in chocolate chips and candied ginger.

To serve I simply dusted it with powdered sugar.

It’s great with coffee, bourbon, or a giant glass of milk.

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This chocolate orange gingerbread cake is made with white whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour. Plus it's packed full of chocolate chips and candied ginger.

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This chocolate orange gingerbread cake is made with white whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour. Plus it's packed full of chocolate chips and candied ginger.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 -inch bundt pan


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses not blackstrap
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Powdered sugar for topping (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spray a 9-inch bundt pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • In a small saucepan add butter, molasses, dark brown sugar, and water. Set over low heat and warm just until the butter has melted.
  • Remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  • Stir eggs and whole milk into the cooled molasses mixture. (If the mixture is still hot after 10 minutes let it cool some more. If it's too hot it will scramble the eggs so it's better to be safe.)
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together white whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, kosher salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture and stir to combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips, candied ginger, and orange zest.
  • Add batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan and then invert it onto a cake plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 236mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 61g
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buckwheat cake, buckwheat gingerbread cake, chocolate orange cake, chocolate orange gingerbread bundt cake, gingerbread bundt cake
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Sunday 18th of December 2016

Is it necessary to use buckwheat? Can I substitute it with regular flour Orr of something similar? X


Sunday 18th of December 2016

Hi Ayzma! Unfortunately, buckwheat flour bakes up differently than all-purpose flour. I think if you subbed in AP flour for the buckwheat flour it might not turn out correctly. You can find buckwheat flour pretty easily in the grocery store so I hope you can give it a try! Enjoy :)

Amanda @The Kitcheneer

Sunday 21st of December 2014

This looks absolutely gorgeous! And I totally want a slice while watching "It's a wonderful life" this week! YUM


Thursday 18th of December 2014

I probably would not have done anything Christmas-y if the.boy hadn't forced me too! I'm too lazy this year.

Except when it comes to baking. I'm always up for it! Yay for festivity in cake form!


Tuesday 16th of December 2014

This cake is perfection. Pinning and making stat. All of my favorite flavors in one cake!

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

It must be something about this year. Because I'm so not feeling it either. I put up the tree and shopped and baked but there's nothing that is making me feel Christmasy. Although I think I should probably make this cake. You know, as a test.


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