Chocolate and Orange Cupcake Recipe

This excellent chocolate and orange cupcake recipe makes 12 fat, light, fluffy cakes! It was exactly what I fancied for my birthday – something super-special and a bit decadent.

Aside from Christmas we don’t have a lot of chocolatey-orangey foods in our house. Maybe a Terry’s Chocolate Orange or a box of Orange Matchmakers. Rest of the year, nothing and that’s just plain wrong!

So here you are – give it a go, it’s sooooo simple, and enjoy!

Ingredients (Cakes)

  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water
  • 3 eggs
  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1 orange

Ingredients (Icing)

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablesoons milk
  • Zest of ½ orange (optional)
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange + Orange Jelly Sweets (to decorate)

Method (Cakes)

You will need 1 x 12-hole muffin tin and 12 paper or silicone cupcake cases.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Line the cupcake baking tray with paper or silicone cases.

Sift the cocoa powder into a mixing bowl. Gradually pour in the 4 tablespoons of boiling water. Mix into a thick paste.

Add the remaining cake ingredients and either beat well with a wooden spoon or mix with an electric hand whisk.

Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cases.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes until the mixture is well-risen. The top of the cake should be springy to the touch (just don’t press too hard!). When done, remove from the oven, take out of the baking trays and cool on a wire rack.

Method (Icing)

Using a stand mixer, gradually sieve the icing sugar into beaten butter (using the whisk attachment).

Tip in the orange zest and the vanilla extract.

Add the milk depending on how soft you want the icing.

Remove the icing from the stand mixer bowl and put into an icing bag.

Pipe and decorate with slices of Terry’s Chocolate Orange and any other orange flavoured jelly sweets you fancy!

chocolate and orange cupcake recipe

This is me enjoying my birthday cupcake 🙂

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