Food

Have yourself a Merry Citrus with Chocolate Orange cupcakes

by Heather Dalgleish

When’s a better time to bake than Christmas?

These indulgent cupcakes are the perfect festive treat for those chilly, long nights. A subtle orange flavour combined with the richness of the chocolate creates a devilishly moreish result. So, get ready to pull on your apron and make your own herd of adorable little reindeer to pull you into the jolly season.

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 150 grams of butter/margarine.
  • 150 grams of caster sugar.
  • 3 medium eggs.
  • 120 grams self raising flour.
  • 30 grams cocoa powder.
  • Zest of one orange.
  • ¾ of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, roughly chopped.

For the buttercream and decorations:

  • 2 heaped tablespoons of butter.
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar.
  • Half a table spoon of orange extract.
  • 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
  • Dairy Milk Buttons.
  • Smarties or M&Ms.
  • Chocolate pretzels.
  • White chocolate chips.

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan (gas mark 4), and line up your cupcake cases.
  • Beat the butter/margarine and the caster sugar together until fluffy and light.
  • Beat in the eggs until well-blended.
  • Gradually beat in the flour and the cocoa, until the mixture is a soft brown colour.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate orange and zest, and spoon into the cases. Try to make them all even for a uniformed look.
  • Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes until bouncy to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Whilst they cool, make the buttercream. Mix the icing sugar and butter together until creamy. Add the orange extract and cocoa, continuing to mix until the mixture is rich brown.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, evenly spread the buttercream on top of each cupcake. Decorate accordingly.
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credit: Heather Dalgleish

And enjoy! The cupcakes will last three days in an airtight container. Pair with a hot chocolate for a feast!

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