Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

It's officially Terry's chocolate orange season (or if your like me this 'season' is all year) so if you do anything this month then you have to make these cupcakes. So delicious and surprisingly simple to make so lets get started! 

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

What you will need for the cupcakes
150g unsalted room temperature butter
150g caster sugar
120g self raising flour
50g cocoa powder
2 medium eggs
100ml milk
The grated zest of one large orange
2 Terry's chocolate oranges

For the butter cream
150g unsalted room temperature butter
400g icing sugar
Orange food colouring (not necessarily essential)
The juice of one large orange

Pre-heat you oven to 180c. Start by creaming together the butter and sugar, when smooth add in the two eggs.

Add in the flour, cocoa powder and the milk. Mix until smooth.

Add the orange zest, 8 chopped up chocolate orange segments and mix again.

Spoon the mixture in to 12 paper cases, my silver snowflake ones are from sainsburys. Then place into the oven for 16-18 minutes.

Leave the cakes to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes. While you are waiting you can make the butter cream.

I tend to whisk the butter on its own for a few minutes first as I find it easier to then add the icing sugar. Add the sugar a little at a time until smooth and creamy. Add a few drops of orange food colouring, the juice of the orange and give it a final mix.

Spread the butter cream on the top of the cupcakes using a knife or using a piping bag if your feeling fancy. Then place a chocolate segment on each one. If you have any spare chocolate that you have not eaten by this point then you can melt it and drizzle it on the top.

I am seriously impressed with these, the hubby is already asking me to make more.

Let me know if you give them a try!

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