Reflux Friendly Chocolate Swirl Orange Cake

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Reflux Friendly Cooking is full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family! Each week I’ll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I’ll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!


    Chocolate Swirl Orange Cake.

    Chocolate (and citrus) can be real triggers for some with acid reflux disease. However, I know for my son, he still wants to partake in something that seems decadent, so I need to be crafty with what I make. One secret I found is to use a little bit of cocoa powder to make something “chocolately.” Just one teaspoon spread throughout the cake mix will make it seem like a chocolate cake but not be over the top. My other discovery is using drops of citrus oil – like lemon or orange. Using just one or two of these drops allows for an orange flavor without all of the acid from a cup of orange juice.

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    1 box Gluten Free White Cake Mix (I like Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned Mix)

    1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or oil)

    2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla

    1/2 cup milk or water (rice milk works fine)

    1 or 2 drops orange flavor drops (I use Frontier brand)

    1/2 to 1 Tbs. cocoa powder (if tolerated)




    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to coat the baking dish. Mix together all of the ingredients except for the cocoa powder. Once the ingredients are well mixed, remove a cup of the cake mix into a separate bowl. Add the cocoa powder mix into the one cup of cake mix you removed. Mix well. Pour the batter without the cocoa powder into the cake pan. Slowly spoon the mix with the cocoa powder on top, and swirl gently, spreading the mix across the top of the cake. Bake as directed on the box. You won’t even have to worry about frosting this cake!


Published On: November 16, 2012