Chocolate Portokalopita Recipe

Chocolate Portokalopita Recipe

Kathy Tsaples

Is there anything more romantic than a homemade sweet treat?

This Chocolate Portokalopita recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Decadent choc-orange cake… need we say more!

  • 400g of filo pastry
  • 500g of dark chocolate
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 250g of sunflower oil
  • 250g of castor sugar
  • 200g of Procal Greek yoghurt
  • 200ml of cream
  • 50g of cocoa powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 300ml of buttermilk
Method to make Chocolate Portokalopita
  1. Dry filo overnight and then crumble with your hands.
  2. Add the baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Warm up the cream and the chocolate and melt.
  4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the oil, sugar, zest of one orange, yogurt and buttermilk.
  5. Sift the cocoa powder into the wet mixture.
  6. Add the filo pastry into the egg mixture in batches. Lastly add the chocolate and cream.
  7. Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes at 160° fan forced. Test with a skewer at the 45 minute mark and if still wet, bake for a further 15 minutes.
  8. To make the syrup, heat 625g of sugar with 500ml of water over low flame.
  9. Once cool, pour the syrup over the cake whilst it is still warm.
Kathy Tsaples, living her ‘Sweet Greek’ dream