Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

 

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Chocolate Orange Cupcake

 

There’s still time for some last minute Christmas baking! Along with the last of the mince pies I baked today, I’ve made some chocolate orange cupcakes. Chocolate is always popular at Christmas and these have a rich chocolate, almost truffle flavour. These can be frozen, fully decorated so are perfect to pop in the freezer for any unexpected guests over the festive season.

Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

100g Butter (softened)
110g Caster Sugar
3 Medium eggs
2 Tablespoons Milk
120g Self Raising Flour
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Zest of 1 large Orange
25g Dark Chocolate (chopped into small pieces)

Ingredients for Rich Chocolate Orange Frosting

150g Dark Chocolate
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
250g Icing Sugar
200g Butter (softened)
50g Vegetable Shortening (Trex)
1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
Plus 25g Dark Chocolate zested and sprinkled over the top of the completed cupcakes.

To make the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 160c and place cupcake cases in a 12 hole cupcake or muffin pan.
Beat the softened butter and caster sugar together well.
Whisk the eggs together lightly with the milk.
Whisk the flour, cocoa and baking powder together.
Mix all these ingredients together with the orange zest and beat for one minute, making sure everything is combined.
Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake cases and add a tiny piece of chopped chocolate to each one.
Bake for about 20 minutes until ready. Leave to cool.

To make the frosting

Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water. Leave to cool a little.
Beat the other ingredients together well; then add the cooled, melted chocolate. If the frosting is a little thick, more orange juice can be added.
Pipe or spread the frosting onto the top of the cupcakes.
Finish by sprinkling zested dark chocolate over the top.

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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