Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

20 Apr

These are soo tasty, like a chocolate orange in a cake, no one can say no to that!!! These are nice and simple, smell amazing and look wonderful as part of an afternoon tea 🙂

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Ingredients:
190g Muscovado sugar
190g Butter
3 Eggs
130g Plain flour
60g Cocoa powder
1tsp Baking powder
20ml Milk
2 Oranges zested

For the icing:
85g Dark chocolate
85g Milk chocolate
225g Butter
1 Orange zested
1 Egg yolk
190-250g Icing sugar

Estimated time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Directions:
Weigh your butter and sugar together into a bowl and cream together until a lighter brown colour is achieved. This shouldn’t take too long and will become quite a smooth texture when ready.

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Once the butter is creamed add one egg to the bowl and mix in, once mixed add the other two eggs, still one at a time to reduce the mess! Once the last egg mixed in add the vanilla and stir in along with the orange zest.

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In a separate bowl sift together the flour and cocoa/hot chocolate powder and then add the baking powder. Add one spoonful of this mix to the cake batter, carefully fold it in trying to reduce any lumps. Keep adding the flour, folding it all carefully in until all is mixed. To this now add the milk and fold that in.

Now using teaspoons or an ice cream scoop start spooning the mixture into the cases. Placing the cases in muffin tins prevents any from falling over or becoming weird shapes 🙂

Place the cakes in the oven and bake at 180c for 10-15 minutes depending in how deep the cakes are. Once cooked (they should be light and spring back when lightly pressed, or use a skewer test) all to cool on a rack before trying to ice.

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While the cakes are cooling you can start the icing. In a bowl weigh both types of chocolate and place over a pan of warm water. Gently heat the water and stir the chocolate, this will melt gradually. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool a bit.

Whilst the chocolate is cooling weigh your butter into a bowl and beat until soft, add the zest to this and mix in.

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Once the butter is really soft and fluffy add in the egg yolk(this will help the icing be glossy), mix this in as well.

Now add the icing sugar, add this a small amount at a time (unless you are using a standing mixer) so that you don’t create huge lumps and can judge how much icing sugar you need.

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Once the icing sugar has been mixed in and the icing is quite thick slowly stir in the melted chocolate. This should just be wam enough now, too hot and it will melt the icing but obviously the chocolate will set if too cold!

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Once the chocolate has been mixed in you can start icing the cupcakes in what ever way you want. If you want to pipe shapes and the icing is slightly too thin then you can just add more icing sugar until you have the right consistency needed 🙂

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And eat 🙂 they are really really tasty and will not last long in any house, no matter how determined people are these are addictive! These are also great to make with kids, a good way to keep them busy and having fun! Enjoy everyone, hope you like these 🙂

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4 Responses to “Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes”

  1. pattyabr April 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    my favorite combo of flavors yummy!

    • justthebasicscooking April 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Ah I know, it’s almost a match made in heaven!!! It’s never let me down 🙂

  2. Sugar and Spice Baking April 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Delicious!! Great combination; chocolate and orange.

    • justthebasicscooking May 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      😀 I wouldn’t know what do without them. It hits the spot every time, every occasion and every mood!!

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