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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Most people don’t like the same things, like Marmite or marzipan they divide opinions; but there is one flavour you always seem to be able to rely on as a crowd pleaser and that is chocolate orange.

Just the smell of it makes me think of Christmas and for me its a happy memory. I love to buy a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and then eat it in bed on a Saturday morning over Christmas, the best bit is the middle stick after you’ve eaten the segments. Mmm.

Anyway, I digress.

I wanted to make some cakes for my cousin and thought instead of the standard vanilla I would make chocolate orange ones.
Its a really easy recipe to do but looks and tastes really good.
I decided to use some Nutella in the buttercream icing to make it more chocolatey and it worked very well.


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4oz Margarine
4oz Caster Sugar
4oz Self Raising Flour
1oz Cocoa Powder
2 Eggs
1tsp Orange Essence
Handful chocolate chips

For the icing – a very large tablespoon of margarine mixed with 3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar and 1 level tablespoon of cocoa powder. Once this has been mixed together till it is very light add a tablespoon of Nutella and a teaspoon of orange essence.

Pre heat the oven to 180c Gas 4

In a large mixing bowl, beat the margarine and sugar together till it becomes pale.

In a separate bowl combine the flour and cocoa powder.

Add one egg and a third of the flour and cocoa powder then mix in till just combined.
Do the same with the 2nd egg and flour and cocoa powder.

Stir in the remaining flour along with the orange essence and chocolate chips. You want the consistency to be a little thick but easy to stir. If it looks a little dry add a small drop of milk.

Separate into cake cases and bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes, or until you can press the top of the cakes and they spring back up.

Once cool, top with the chocolate buttercream and decorate how you like. I used gold glitter and a jelly orange slice.

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The Micro Cupcake

The best things come in small packages.  I’m not always too sure that statement is totally correct but it fits well with what I baked today… The micro cupcake! Ta-dah.  No longer will people say a cupcake is too sweet for them or use the excuse of being on a diet as this cake is good for everyone. 

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I guess now I’ve ‘big’d’ it up you should really try it.

I’ve always had a fascination with objects in miniature size (please, no rude jokes!) Model railway, model villages, the tiny versions of Bournville and Dairy milk chocolate bars you used to get in tins of Roses.  I love the way they are so cute, like full size but shrunk down.  So today when I was making some full size lemon cupcakes I had a little bit of mixture left over.  It would have only really been enough for one or two cakes but I decided to use the petite four cases to make tiny versions.  I’m really happy with how they came out considering they weren’t in a baking tin to cook as I don’t have one that small.  I thought they might spread too much but the cases held really well.

I’m probably really late and these were fashionable last year or something but I think they’d make a great wedding cake or look lovely on a cake stand for afternoon tea.  If only I had a cake box small enough then I’d make more of these cute little cakes.

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

I was in the kitchen the other morning with the littlest baker and as she fell asleep in her bouncy chair, I thought I’d make some cupcakes.

I decided to do chocolate as I hadn’t made chocolate ones in a really long time and I’ve been a bit of a chocoholic these last few weeks (years!).  I also had a couple of bars of dark chocolate stashed in my baking cupboard so half a bar would make my chocolate chips.

When it came to icing them I thought I’d use a splash of my Moka Varnelli as its just lovely.  It goes well with any kind of cake and dark chocolate cupcakes are no exception.

I made these cupcakes in muffin cases so they are extra large and I only got 9 out of the mix but if you used normal cupcake size then you’d get at least 12 out.


Dark chocolate cupcakes

4oz SugarDark chocolate cupcakes
4oz Margarine
5oz Self Raising Flour
1 large tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Large Eggs
75g Dark Chocolate

Buttercream
Tbsp Margarine
5tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp cocoa powder
Dash of Moka Varnelli (or any other flavour you fancy)

Preheat the oven to Gas 4 160c

Cream together the sugar and Margarine till it has changed to a pale white colour.

Add an egg and a tablespoon of flour, mix together then do the same with the other egg and flour. This helps the mix not to look like its splitting.

Separate into the cake cases and bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes or until the cake springs back when you gently press on it.

Once cooled whip up the buttercream ingredients together till the mixture is light and fluffy then use to top the cakes.