When I went to Llandudno, a few weeks back, I decided to make some chocolate orange cupcakes to take down for the weekend. It was my boyfriend’s birthday whilst we were down there and I didn’t get him a birthday cake so I made him his favourite cupcakes instead which happen to be chocolate orange flavour. I’ve never made them before so I thought it would be a good challenge! I found an amazing recipe online which I used for the sponge and then just tweaked my own recipe for the frosting as I knew that would work well.
My mum can be thanked for the superb placement of the chocolate matchstick and little orange jelly sweet ha!! In all honesty though, I was really pleased with the way these turned out and if you’re interested in seeing the recipe on the blog I got it from, there is a link here as this lady deserves every ounce of credit! The original recipe called for a ganache frosting which I haven’t made before so I was a bit wary so I decided this time to stick to good old buttercream and I’m glad I did.
As I said though, I did change up the way I did the frosting so I’ll just go through the way I did that rather than post the entire recipe word for word.
You will need:
150g unsalted butter
230g icing sugar
70g cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp orange extract
Making sure your butter is at room temperature, place it in a mixing bowl and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon, making sure it’s light and fluffy. The longer you beat it, the paler it should go, especially once the icing sugar is added.
Once the butter is at a light and fluffy consistency, sift the cocoa powder and icing sugar together to make sure they are combined and bit by bit, add to the butter and mix them together until it becomes thicker and feels almost like ice cream. In between adding the icing sugar and cocoa powder to the butter, add a few drops of orange extract and combine with the other ingredients. Remember to take a moment to taste the buttercream to make sure you’re not overdoing it with the orange extract. It’s easier to add more than to start again when you’ve added too much!
If the mixture feels too thick, as though you’re really struggling to mix it, add a drop of milk to soften it and that should help it mix easier. Once that is completely mixed, I tend to put mine in the fridge to set for a while before I pipe it as I don’t like my frosting to be too runny.
Once you have your frosting done, it’s time to decorate them however you like! This is how I did mine:
I am really pleased with the way they turned out and I would happily make these again :) they were a big hit with both Tom and my family!
Let me know if you try this recipe out :)
Thanks for reading!