Six chocolate orange cupcakes

Chocolate orange cupcakes

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal438
  • fat26g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.24g

Ingredients

  • 140g light brown sugar
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 large eggs
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  • 135ml vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp milk

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  • 50g dark chocolate, finely chopped, plus extra for decoration
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  • 2 large oranges, zested
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For the icing

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

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  • orange gel food colouring

Method

  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. 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.

  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. 

  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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Basil Bunch's picture
Basil Bunch
28th Jul, 2020
5.05
The cupcakes look very nice. Once I had to bake a lot of them for a special event. I was doing tray after tray and I was also playing with the ingredients to see what is the best way to do them. I did more then 100 cupcakes in that day and they were the event favorite. Even the food catering personnel took some of them home and called next day for recipe. I posted the recipe on my blog: https://www.basilbunch.com/moist-vanilla-cupcakes/
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