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.

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.

I get a little weird around the holidays. Some years I’m super into the whole “lets 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 a “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.

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.

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 everyday. 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 calender full of hot men (for charity!) and love. How is that bad?

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.

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 with powdered sugar.

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


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.

Yield: 1 (9 inch) bundt cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 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)

Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart


Preheat oven to 325 degrees 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 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 onto a cake plate.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

44 Responses to “Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cake”

  1. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I have just about every ABC special DVRed, and now I can’t imagine settling in for “Prancer” without a slice of cake!

  2. #
    Jenny Flake — December 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Wow! Loving these flavors!! Talk about a gorgeous festive cake 🙂

  3. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I’m having a hard time getting into the Christmas season this year too! This cake looks delicious!

  4. #
    Meagan Wied — December 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    What a gorgeous cake and perfect for my upcoming Christmas parties.

  5. #
    TidyMom — December 15, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This is gorgeous Brandy!! Wish I had a slice right now!

  6. #
    Heather / girlichef — December 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Guess what? I totally watched that movie, too (I love Kristin Chenoweth) – ha! I didn’t mind it, either ;). I’m feeling much the same as you this year, but I have to get my butt in gear for the kids. I suck. But anyway, this gingerbread cake would go a long way towards getting me in the spirit, it looks scrumptious.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — December 15th, 2014 @ 9:24 am

      Hahaha YES I’m glad someone knew what movie I was talking about 🙂

  7. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — December 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I totally get it – It’s so much work to put up all of the holiday decorations!! (But I am glad once it’s done…) Love this cake – chocolate, orange and gingerbread is a fantastic flavor combination!

  8. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — December 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

    This looks & sounds scrumptious! Great flavor combo – perfect for this time of year!

  9. #
    Erin Indahl-Fink — December 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This is such a gorgeous cake! Would be a beautiful addition to any dessert table this holiday season!

  10. #
    The Food Hunter — December 15, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Perfect for the season!

  11. #
    Cookin Canuck — December 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    As much as I love Christmas and try to make it special for the kids, I definitely go through those “meh” years. But I think this gorgeous gingerbread cake would put me in the spirit!

  12. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — December 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I fluctuate a little each year. Depending on the day or week. Like this week it an “eh” week b/c it the month has flown by too quickly! Gorgeous cake, my dear!! And I also love those Christmas movies!

  13. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — December 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I just love everything about this cake! I go through different levels of spirit each year too…my new thing is to rotate which Christmas decorations come out each year (except for a few favorites!)

  14. #
    Kate @ Diethood — December 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Daaaamn! That is beautiful!!

    P.S. I’m with you on the “eh… my tree isn’t up yet, either. My lil’ ones are going to kill me. 🙂

  15. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I saw this on your Instagram and fell in love with it! I wish my cakes would come out that beautiful!

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — December 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love cheesy holiday movies too. But I love EVERYTHING about Christmas! This cake is awesome. So pretty!

  17. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — December 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I’ve had those “eh” times of the season so I get that and no shame in going out to eat when you cook and bake everyday of your life right? The flavors in this cake is spectacular!

  18. #
    heather @french press — December 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Christmas spirit or not – this cake is simply divine! and cheesy holiday movies…bring it on, I LOVE them all

  19. #
    19 — December 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Christmas week just keeps looking better! I am totally feeling the need to make this asap!

  20. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Oh man, I love chocolate and orange together, but the gingerbread mix mixed in there makes this sound incredible!! Love!

  21. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — December 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I love the holidays. I’m Jewish …and then married a Catholic. So my kids get to experience Hanukkah and Christmas. I think it’s so much fun. And the foods you don’t get all year long, finally make an appearance. Like cranberries. And gingerbread! I made your butterscotch cake for Thanksgiving, so maybe this one needs to happen next week!

  22. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    That is beautiful! I have a Christmas party to go to this weekend and I think I just found my dessert to take : )

  23. #
    Ginny McMeans — December 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Ohhh, I want you to have a Merry Christmas. Keep watching movies! 🙂 Love the buckwheat flour and candied ginger in this cake. It sounds so good!

  24. #
    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — December 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What a perfect cake, I love the combination of flavors….and those photos. Wow.

  25. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I love all the quirky Hallmark movies! And with a slice of this gorgeous cake, I’d be one happy lady!

  26. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    You made a whole grain cake! Weeeee! 🙂

    And I don’t have any presents for my husband, yet. I hope he has lots for me, though. 😀

  27. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t know how you feel about kids but if you guys ever have any. . it changes everything. . EVERY holiday will be like eye-wide open exciting. . well, this is what I’m told. . for at least the first 7-8 years of their lives. . then they become as moody and cranky as we do. 😛 Girl, this cake. this cake!! orange and candied ginger?! love.

  28. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — December 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    That first photo is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

    The cake sounds amazing, too. I love the flavors you have going on there, plus that ingredient list!!!

  29. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — December 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Wow – your photos are stunning!! Your cake looks absolutely amazing!
    No worries, I’ve had a couple of years during which I wasn’t “feeling” Christmas at all; I’m sure you’ll get back into the spirit next year (or the year after 😉 )

  30. #
    Bea — December 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I hear you – I also have on and off years; this year is more of an on-year for me so and I am getting into the spirit of the season. A slice of your cake however would increase my spirits even more. Perfect combination of orange, chocolate, and ginger. Yes, please.

  31. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — December 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I currently have the ABC Family Christmas channel on right now and am watching a Christmas Carol. Now the only thing I need is a slice of this delicious cake!

  32. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — December 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I too have just made a gingerbread cake and have it coming up on the site soon – great minds obviously think alike! Your gingerbread cake looks INCREDIBLY delicious and perfect for Christmas!

  33. #
    foodwanderings — December 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Absolute gorgeousness this cake, the crumb, everything about it. & I chuckled at “cranky old lady” I very much doubt that you are.

  34. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — December 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I know exactly how you feel. Last year we didn’t exchange any Christmas presents. This year, there are a ton (maybe to make up for last year. LOL)!
    This year I’m also seriously into watching all the Chrismas movies I can and most times I’m thinking to myself how bad they are as I’m watching. Too funny!
    Anyway, you are not alone when it comes to Christmas confusion.
    That said, your chocolate orange gingerbread cake screams Christmas! Just lovely, and I adore your photography styling with the pine sprigs and pinecones. Hope your neighbor didn’t see you stealing them. HaHa. Soft needle pines are the best 🙂

  35. #
    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — December 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

    We’re having a “meh” year too. The toddler is too destructive to put up a big tree, and I must admit, I don’t miss it at all!

  36. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — December 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    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.

  37. #
    Melanie — December 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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

  38. #
    Joanne — December 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    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!

  39. #
    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — December 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

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

  40. #
    Ayzma — December 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

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

    • nutmegnanny replied: — December 18th, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

      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 🙂


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