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 :)

5 comments:

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    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.

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

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

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