Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Recipe: chocolate orange mini cupcakes #2

Chocolate orange mini cupcakes- as made by EJ
I made some chocolate orange cupcakes a while ago, they were delicious, but not quite as rich as they looked. While a rich cake isn't for everyone, I realised the importance of marrying appearance with taste- when someone chooses a cake that looks luxurious, they are anticipating a decadent flavour. I've developed an alternative recipe - this one has an orange sponge flavoured with orange oil, the cakes are topped with a fluffy chocolate orange buttercream icing- a far more indulgent cake. 

Makes approximately 16 fairy cake sized cupcakes

For the cakes:
110g butter
110g caster sugar
110 self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
3 tsp orange oil

For the icing:
60g high quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa minimum)
100g butter
240g icing sugar
1tsp orange oil
2tsp water

To finish:
16 chocolate orange segments

To make the cakes:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan)

Arrange 16 fairy cake cases in a baking tin.

Combine all of the cake ingredients together in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until combined and fluffy.

Spoon the mixture into the fairy cake cases, filling each until approximately 3/4 full

Bake on the middle shelf for 10-15 minutes, until golden and cooked through, remove the cakes from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing...
Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Allow to cool a little, add the butter, sift in the icing sugar and mix with a spoon until combined, add the orange oil and water and stir until you have a smooth buttercream icing.
Prepare an icing bag with a star nozzle, dot the icing as you pipe it on to create little peaked stars all over the surface of the cakes. Top with a chocolate orange segment.

Enjoy :)


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Gail- thanks for your comment, let me know if you make these cakes, I'd love to know how the recipe works for you.

  2. These look lovely! Interesting point about meeting people's expectations when they look at a cake. Which orange oil do you use?

  3. Hi Elly, thanks for your comment :) I used a 5.0% orange oil extract I found at Asda!