Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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.

choc orange cupcake

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:

choc orange cupcakes

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!

Bea x


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16 thoughts on “Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

  1. sophiebowns

    Beautifully presented!

  2. Charlene

    These look like the most deliciously decadent cupcakes I have ever seen in my life!! I must try to tweak this frosting and make it vegan. I’ll let you know how I get on :) Thanks for sharing!!

  3. kellymau

    They look lovely!

  4. juliaakoch

    These are beautiful!

  5. scarletscorchdroppers

    Beautiful looking cakes! Chocolate and orange is such a delicious flavour combination isn’t it! Jennie

  6. Cachoo Joo

    Those look delicious! Awesome presentation with the chocolate sticks and orange candies! Ahh cupcakes are just one of the best treats to have on hand – just the right size :) Great recipe!

    • I shall pass your comments about the presentation to my mum as she deserves the credit! They were yummmmyyy xx

  7. Be

    Oh my goodness. These look sooo good! I need one now!!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

    • haha thanks Be! You should definitely try them :) xx

  8. alifemoment

    I agree with all the comments above, your cupcakes looks magnificent!!! :)

    best wishes

  9. Gemma ∞ (@Makeup_Magpie)

    Oh my god they look amazing! Seriously! They look like they belong in a cake shop.. I could so eat these right now haha xxx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Haha! They were very yummy, I definitely recommend you try them :) xx

  10. Rebecca

    Oh wow these look incredible! Making me very hungry right now :D

  11. Heather

    They sound yummy and they look great! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  12. Holl JC

    Oh wow, these look amazing! x


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