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Six chocolate orange cupcakes

Chocolate orange cupcakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Treat family and friends to these decadent cupcakes with chocolate orange-flavoured sponge and buttercream topping. Decorate with orange zest and chocolate

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 140g light brown sugar
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 135ml vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 50g dark chocolate , finely chopped, plus extra for decoration
  • 2 large oranges , zested

For the icing

  • 300g icing
  • 150g unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 orange , zested, plus extra zest to decorate
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • orange gel food colouring


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the sugar, flour, cocoa, pinch of salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil and milk. Gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until you have a smooth mixture. Fold in the dark chocolate and orange zest. Put 12 cupcake cases in a 12-hole tin. Divide the mixture between the cases, then bake for 20 mins until risen. Leave to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, make the icing. Beat the icing sugar and butter together until pale and fluffy. Whisk in 2 tbsp hot water to loosen and fold in the orange zest. Divide the icing evenly between two bowls. Add a few drops of orange food colouring to one bowl and stir until the icing turns bright orange. In the other bowl, add the cocoa powder and 2 tbsp milk, then beat until combined.

  • STEP 3

    Fill one side of a piping bag (use one with a large round nozzle) with the orange icing, then fill the other side with the chocolate buttercream. Pipe on top of each cupcake. Decorate with some extra orange zest and a grating of dark chocolate.

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