Chocolate orange cupcakes

11 April 2012

Here's another recipe from my new cupcake recipe book. This was one that I really wanted to try out as I adore chocolate orange. I made these for our team meeting at work and got lots of lovely comments about them. Some were topped with a chocolate orange segment and some with orange Aero balls. Both yummy!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Makes 12
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes

125g lightly salted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
2 eggs
25g cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
finely grated rind of 1 orange

100g plain chocolate
100g unsalted butter, softened
125g icing suger
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas mark 4.

Line a 12 section bun tray with paper cases. Put all the lightly salted butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and orange rind in a bowl and beat with a hand-held electric whisk for about a minute until light and creamy. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the paper cases.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Melt the chocolate {I do it in the microwave with 1 minute spurts} and leave to cool . Beat togehter the unsalted butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in the melted chocolate.

Pipe or swirl the icing over the tops of the cakes and decorate with sprinkles of your choice!

Recipe taken from this amazing book!


  1. yummy! I've never made choc orange cupcakes before. I haven't mastered piping yet either, yours looks really cute!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm still practising my piping, it's quite a hard skill to master x

  2. These look delicious, must attempt to make them. You've been tagged on my blog by the way.
    Aimee x

  3. Thanks Aimee, and thanks for the award! I'll get down to writing my post now! x

  4. Stopping by from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!

    1. Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I'll pop over and visit you now! x

  5. You haven't put the flour in the list of ingredients! x

  6. These look yummy! Might wait until Christmas to try them out when I will inevitably have a supply of chocolate oranges to use up...(then again it depends if one falls in the trolley whilst shopping):)

  7. These look really yummy I'm going to make them very soon I'm hoping it will be another recipe that will enter my cooking folder xx

  8. Oh wow these sound and look fab my mouth is literally watering right now


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