Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

I feel like this recipe for Chocolate Orange Cupcakes has been a long time coming, considering how many chocolate orange recipes I already have on my website! Well here it is finally, delicious chocolate orange sponges topped with yummy chocolate orange buttercream, and of course a piece of Terry’s Chocolate Orange!

I will never get sick of chocolate orange, it is one of my top favourite flavours. It’s such a festive flavour too, even though I eat it all year round, it’s especially great for Christmas baking. These cupcakes are an easy and quick way to get your chocolate orange fix, I’ve made them so many times now and they hit the spot every time!

How to make Chocolate Orange Cupcakes…

I made the cupcake sponge by mixing together butter and sugar, whisking in eggs and orange extract, then whisking in self rasing flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.

I divided the mixture between 12 cupcake cases and baked them for 25 minutes, then put them on a cooling rack to fully cool.

For the buttercream I mixed together butter, icing sugar, orange extract and milk until smooth.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

What can you use instead of orange extract?

I get my orange extract from either the supermarket or Amazon, and I do recommend it for this recipe. If you can’t find orange extract for the sponge and buttercream, you can use the zest of two oranges for the sponge. Orange juice is not strong enough to get orange flavour in the buttercream, you would have to use a lot and it could make the buttercream sloppy. What I would suggest instead is mixing 100g melted chocolate orange into the buttercream, then adding 1 – 2 tbsp milk to loosen it if it’s too thick.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Tips for making the Chocolate Orange Cupcakes:

  • The cupcakes can be frozen with or without the buttercream, store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. I recommend letting them defrost before adding the chocolate orange pieces or any sprinkles.
  • I used a Jem 1E nozzle to pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes.
  • If you would like to make this recipe into a larger cake, I have a Chocolate Orange Cake recipe that you might like!
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tinMixing bowlsCooling rack
Kitchen scalesElectric hand mixerPiping bags
Jem 1E Piping nozzleOrange extractTerry’s Chocolate Orange
Orange cupcake cases

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

More chocolate orange recipes…

Chocolate Orange Loaf CakeTerry's Chocolate Orange Fudge
Chocolate Orange Loaf CakeTerry’s Chocolate Orange FudgeVegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange BiscottiChocolate Orange Baked DonutsTerry's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Orange BiscottiChocolate Orange Baked DonutsTerry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake (No Bake)
Chocolate Orange BrowniesChocolate Orange PancakesChocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange BrowniesChocolate Orange PancakesChocolate Orange Custard Tart
Chocolate Orange Drip CakeChocolate Orange Cookies
Chocolate Orange Drip CakeChocolate Orange CookiesChocolate Orange Ice Cream
Chocolate Orange CakeChocolate Orange Rocky Road
Chocolate Orange CakeChocolate Orange Rocky Road
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Moist chocolate orange cupcakes topped with chocolate orange buttercream and a piece of Terry's chocolate orange
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cupcake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 150 g Self raising flour
  • 25 g Cocoa powder
  • A pinch of baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter unsalted
  • 350 g Icing sugar
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Milk

For decoration

  • 12 segments of Terry's chocolate orange
  • Orange sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases
  • For the cupcake sponge, mix together the butter and caster sugar, using a silicone or wooden spoon, or ideally an electric mixer, until smooth
  • Add the eggs and orange extract and whisk well
  • Then gently whisk in the self raising flour, baking powder and cocoa powder
  • Divide the mixture between the cupcakes cases, and bake them for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Put them on a rack to cool completely
  • Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar, then add the orange extract and milk, and mix until smooth. You can do this by hand, but an electric whisk are stand mixer with paddle attachment best
  • Spread or pipe the buttercream on top of the cupcakes
  • Decorate with the Terry's chocolate orange segments and orange sprinkles
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days
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Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

NB. this post is NOT sponsored by Terry’s chocolate orange – I just love their product!

If you like this, check out more of my Cupcake recipes!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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15 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Oh Kat, you really know how to get my tastebuds racing! I adore chocolate orange, I have found one brand that do a really good DF chocolate orange but it’s just not the same as Terry’s hahaha. I reckon I could recreate this gluten free for my family though so at least they get to have a munch on a cupcake.

    1. I know, it was a long time coming! Probably because every time I make them they get eaten so fast 😀

    2. These are lovely. Great recipes. Thank you for sharing!
      Just a quick question: is the nutrition information based per portion, per 100g or is that all in its entirety. Sorry I only ask for a diabetic who carb counts.
      Many thanks

      1. Hi Scott, it’s per serving, they are however calculated using an automatic online tool, so if you want exact values based on the ingredients you use then I would advise using an app like MyFitnessPal to work it out. There will be variations depending on if you use butter or baking spread, or with different brands. I hope this helps.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe once again! I’ve been waiting to these for so long, I made half the amount of icing for mine but they still tasted amazing. I’m going to try and add some orange zest into the cupcake next time for some extra zing

  3. 5 stars
    I love chocolate orange, it’s so tasty! These cupcakes were so enjoyable to make & taste very yummy! Thank you Kat for another amazing recipe!

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Leah! I’m so happy you enjoyed the cupcakes 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made these a few months back and thought they were amazing. Such a great recipe, easy to make and clear instructions. My husband wouldn’t let me take any to work as he liked them so much 😂 They didn’t last long in our house! I’ve just chosen to make them for a charity bake to raise some money for our local hospital and have had 2 orders for them already. I can’t wait to make them again although am gutted not to be getting any this time! I’m sure I’ll come back to this recipe time and time again.

  5. 5 stars
    I made these today and put chocolate orange eggs on top and they’re amazing. I highly recommend these!! X

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