Easy Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Thank’s to British Bake Off I have got the baking bug. Last week was basic fairy cakes which tasted ok; have to admit looked pretty crap though. So today I thought I would push myself a little bit and make some better-looking ones. For those of you who know me you know, that I love chocolate and I love orange flavoured chocolate. I know Christmas isn’t far away and that to me usually means Terry’s Chocolate Orange. I’ve put a link there for the followers from overseas so you know what I’m waffling on about. This is such an easy recipe to follow – I promise.. So please give it a go these are seriously easy chocolate orange cupcakes and you will love them.
- 40g Cocoa powder
- 3Egg(s) (free range)
- 175g Butter (unsalted) (softened room temperature)
- 165g Caster sugar
- 115g Self-raising white flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder (rounded)
- Grated Zest of an Orange
Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Add the cake ingredients into a food processor and mix until all the ingredients are combined and it’s light. You can do these by hand with a wooden spoon but why bother? I certainly don’t have the energy for that carry-on.
Divide the mixture equally between the 15 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F, Gas mark 6) for about 12-15 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire rack.
Do NOT ice before they have cooled down.
- 60g Butter (unsalted)
- 30g Cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp Orange Juice
- 250g Unrefined golden icing sugar
- Chocolate orange segments
To make the chocolate icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir in the icing sugar a little at a time to make a glossy and spreadable. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Pipe over the cupcakes, sprinkle with chocolate decorations and leave to set before serving.
These are deliciously naughty but nice. I am going to do some grown-up ones soon with a splash of Grand Marnier in the buttercream icing.
I have found baking extremely therapeutic. I am unable to do it as often as I like due to the Fibro but when I can I am going to be doing it as much as I can – Watch out “British Bake Off” I’m heading your way.