Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

This week is national cupcake week so it seemed only right I made some.

Whilst stood in the kitchen thinking about what I could make I suddenly had a thought, Chocolate and Orange. A match made in heaven as far as both myself and Terry's are concerned!.

So I whipped up some of my basic sponge mix ( I don't like too much chocolate so just use a plain sponge) and then to the top added some chocolate orange buttercream.

To make the buttercream (for about 12 cupcakes):

200g Icing Sugar
80g Softened Unsalted Butter
1 tsp Orange Oil (You could use orange juice but I find this is more concentrated and the flavour is more subtle)
2-3 Tablespoons of Whole Milk (you probably won't need milk if using all orange juice but I do find milk makes it a little fluffier.(

Mix the icing sugar and butter together, add in the oil and then a a tablespoon at a time of the milk until it is a smooth and pipeable consistency.

To pipe I either do a full cake or part cupcake, it depends how much you like the icing and who is having it.

Here you can see a full iced cake with flowers


Or a part iced cake so some of the cake itself is exposed, less icing for those who don't like it or the kids.


Have you been baking this week, please do leave a comment if you have. I love finding new recipes or ideas.



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