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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes // Recipe

29 Apr 2014

Once again, the gorgeous combination of chocolate and orange has allowed me to create some delicious, mouth-watering (in the words of my testerstreats. This time, I've made some impressive looking cupcakes.

You can easily create a chocolate orange flavour with a Terry's Chocolate Orange itself, but they're pretty expensive and although I'm sure we all wish we had them lying around in our kitchens, we just don't. So I've created a recipe which uses only common cupboard ingredients to make the recipe slightly more accessible.

The last thing I'd like to say before the recipe (I promise), is can we just look how far I've come with my piping since the Banoffee cupcakes I made a few weeks ago? I'm still using my small piping set, but I used the 'star' nozzle this time, which gave them a great professional effect. A lot of the time when I bake I don't spend very much time on the decoration, but when I do try out some fancy piping I feel really proud of the result, and the compliments do wonders to my baking ego...

For the cakes: (makes about 18)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
175g butter
200g caster sugar
3 eggs
200g self-raising flour
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp baking powder
The grated zest of 3/4 of a large orange

For the icing:
A piping bag (not essential)
400g icing sugar
6 tbsp soft butter (leave out for 45 minutes)
3 tbsp orange juice
About 4 squares of dark chocolate
The grated zest of 1/4 of a large orange

1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (fan) or 200 non-fan. Create a smooth paste with your boiling water and cocoa powder, making sure that there are no lumps left in the powder or you will end up with a lumpy end mixture! (I make this mistake a lot, and it is very fustrating.)

2. I use the all-in-one method which combines every ingredient in at once. Another method would be to cream the butter and the sugar together, then adding the eggs and finally the remaining ingredients.

3. Grate the zest of one orange and mix about 3/4 of it into your mixture.

4. Spoon the smooth mixture into cupcake cases, and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes (each oven varies, I would recommend checking them every 2 minutes after about 13 minutes.)

5. Remove your cakes from the oven and stick a fork or skewer through one to check that it comes out clean.
6. Sift your icing sugar into a large bowl, add the soft butter and keep on mixing until the butter has combined with most of the sugar. Add your orange juice one tablespoon at a time to make sure you get the consistency you want.
7. Test your icing, and if it's not orangey enough then use a teaspoon of the remaining grated orange zest and mix into the icing.
8. If you're using a piping bag, I would recommend using the star nozzle, putting the icing into a piping bag and piping it slowly onto the cupcakes in a swirling pattern.
9. Use the rest of your grated zest to sprinkle over the top, and then grate your chocolate onto the cupcakes for especially pretty looking cupcakes.

Let me know if you like this recipe, or if you would make any amendments. I'm no professional and I actually always wind my mum up by asking for detailed feedback, so suggestions are great!
6 comments on "Chocolate Orange Cupcakes // Recipe"
  1. Mmm another great recipe! I will have to try when I have more time for baking :)

  2. Those look incredible!!! And I know what you mean about putting time into the presentation making you feel good about your cooking, but half the time I muck it up, so it makes me feel even worse!
    Emma | the Earth through a Lens

    1. Thank you! Oh I know what you mean.. but hey, practice makes perfect! Or nearer to perfect at least ;) x

  3. These. Look. Amazing!!!! I'm not much of a cook myself, and am never really too tempted to try out any receipes I come across on the blogosphere, but I think you might have just cracked it. As an addict of chocolate orange, I think I'm going to have to try it out!

    Steph xx
    Lay It Bare

    1. Haha that's great to hear! Oh they're a winner... definitely give them a go!
      Imogen x


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