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.
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.
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!
Recommended equipment & ingredients*
|Cupcake tin||Mixing bowls||Cooling rack|
|Kitchen scales||Electric hand mixer||Piping bags|
|Jem 1E Piping nozzle||Orange extract||Terry’s Chocolate Orange|
|Orange cupcake cases|
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More chocolate orange recipes…
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
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
- 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
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!
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