Loaf of chocolate Babka

Chocolate Orange Babka Cake

Servings1 loaf
Prep Time2 hours 15 minutes
Bake Time30 minutes




  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • ½ cup salted butter 1 stick
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons orange zest (2 oranges)


  • Combine water, honey + yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. (this ensures the yeast is active!)
  • Combine the rest of dough ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. (The dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes until dough is smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and allow to rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • For the filling: Melt butter, chocolate and zest in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted. Stir in coconut sugar and cocoa powder until smooth.
  • Punch down dough to redistribute the yeast and split into two even dough balls. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll 1 dough ball into a 10×14 inch rectangle.
  • Spread filling evenly over the dough leaving ½ border all the way around. From the short end of the dough, roll gently but firmly into a tight coil. Repeat with other half.
  • Cut each rolled dough ball in half lengthwise and lay them next to each other (cut side up). For 1 loaf, take two halves and twist them around one another. Repeat with other two halves. Place each rolled dough into a parchment lined loaf pan. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden and cooked all the way through.
  • Allow loaves to cool completely before removing from pans.
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