Sunday, 21 December 2014

Recipe: Festive Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

It's been ages since I last did some baking so I decided to spend my Sunday, in the kitchen, whipping up some festive treats. For some reason I always associate Terry's Chocolate Orange's with Christmas and I seriously can't get enough of them at the moment. So, I thought I'd continue my orange obsession further by adding them into some cupcakes. The result is some seriously tasty cakes that are full of flavour and super easy to make...
Cupcakes are one of my favourite things to bake as they follow such a basic recipe and you can't really go wrong with them. The only change I made to this recipe was to add in some crushed Terry's chocolate orange. The recipe is really simple and you can adjust it to suit however many cupcakes you'd like to make. Mine is based on producing 12.
Ready to get baking? Youl'll need a large mixing bowl, some weighing scales and a whisk (if you have one) or a fork will do if not - that's what I use! And if you want to get creative with the buttercream, you'll need a piping bag and a nozzle (I use the wilton 2D which you can buy here.)
What you'll need:
For the cupcakes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
125g soft unsalted butter
Half a Terry's chocolate orange crushed up into tiny pieces
For the buttercream and decoration
125g caster sugar
250g icing sugar
6/7 squares of milkybar white chocolate (optional)
The other half of the chocolate orange - chop each segment in half
A box of Cadburys Festive Friends 
Edible glitter (or whatever you'd like to decorate them with!)
How to make:
1. Pre-heat your own to about 180 degrees celcius and pop some cupcake cases into a 12 hole muffin tray.
2. In a large bowl, cream together your butter and, once mixed together, beat in one of the eggs.
3, Now the mixture will be quite sloppy so it's time to fold in some flour. Use a sieve to do this, if you can, and gradually start adding the flour until you've got about half left. 
4. Mix together and then add the second egg and slowly sieve the remaining flour into the bowl.
5. Once all your ingredients are completely mixed together, add in the crushed chocolate orange and stir together
6. Spoon the mixture into your cupcake cases as evenly as possible. Try not to overfill the cases as they do rise a bit so I'd say make each case about half full.
7. Pop your cupcakes in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until they are golden on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Put them on a wire tray to cool. (The time can vary quite a bit so I would always check after 15 mins and if they're not ready just put them in a little longer.)



Onto the buttercream...
8. Whilst your cakes are cooling, it's time to make the buttercream. To do this, put your butter into a large bowl and gradually sieve the icing sugar in, constantly stirring them together.
9. Melt a bit of white chocolate in a bowl in the microwave and, once runny, add into the buttercream to loosen it a little and add a nice taste. (This part is optional - I just like the taste of white chocolate in buttercream but it isn't completely necessary!) 
10. When your buttercream is a nice consistency - it should be soft but sturdy - spoon it into a piping bag with a nozzle attached to the end.
11. Slowly pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake, starting in the centre and swirling it round towards the edges in an anti-clockwise direction.
11. For decoration, I added half a chocolate orange segment to each cupcake, carefully sticking it into the buttercream, and then propped a festive friend up next to it! I also sprinkled some edible white glitter all over them too for a frosty, festive finish!
And that's it! Eat them, enjoy them and take lots of photos for Instagram of course ;)

You could decorate these cupcakes however you like. I used Festive Friends as they were so easy to just stick into the buttercream but if you were really feeling adventurous you could make your own Christmas biscuits to add to the top.
Will you be baking this Christmas? Share any recipes you have with me - I'm always looking for new things to bake :)
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  1. These look gorgeous! Lovely blog xo
    Merry Christmas!
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    1. Thank you so much :) hope you have a lovely christmas too! xx

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  2. These look so adorable and yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)
    Ana Céline Labod

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    1. you're welcome! let me know if you have a go at making them :) x

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  3. oh yum! i adore chocolate orange

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    1. Me too I can't get enough of it this time of year! Xx

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  4. These are just the cutest and such a good idea because there are always so many of these biscuits around at Christmas time! x
    www.lucindafreya.com

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    1. Aww thank you :) baking at this time of year is so fun! Xx

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  5. They look so good!! I love how you've decorated them :) x

    Angela // The Sunday Chapter

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  6. they are absolutely adorable and I guess, yummy!!(:

    xx from Italy
    Cate // kateidoscope

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  7. Hey Beth! I hope I'm not bothering you with this or anything, but because I think you have a great and original blog I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog. If you would like to see it you can find it here

    xx Mel

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    1. ooh lovely thank you - will have a look at it now! :)

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  8. These look amazing! I am quite obsessed with chocolate orange at the moment, I swear I didn't have it for years and now I want it constantly. I need to bake some in cupcakes now! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha i'm the same I always want chocolate orange over Christmas - and it tastes SO good in cupcakes! x

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  9. I love how much chocolate is involved in this recipe! These sound sooo yummy, and look adorable!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I know - bit of a chocolate overload - so worth it though! x

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  10. This have made me wish I could bake. They look so so good, and perfect for chocoholics!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Haha I know - not good if you're trying to eat healthy :') They are really easy to make though if you're not used to baking! x

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  11. These look delicious Beth will definitely be giving them a go!

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  12. YUM these sound so good! Deffo something to try out tomorrow :)
    Daniella x

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    1. let me know how you get on with them! :)

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  13. Great post, these look so yummy!

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thanks! they're so tasty - it's hard not to eat them all myself though haha x

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  14. Ew adorable <3 These are too cute!

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  15. These look absolutely delicious!! I really love to bake and this definitely seems like my next try! Fantastic blog :)

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  16. So cute! I've only recently started liking chocolate orange and I have been seriously missing out, wish I had an ounce of baking ability (no pun intended ahha)

    Clothing Conscious // Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you! Even if you're not used to baking these are so easy to make - honest! :)

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  17. These are so cute!
    Hope you've had a nice Christmas, Beth! :) x

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  19. Mhmhmm these look so yummy! You are a pro at icing your cupcakes :)

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  20. These are SO cute and look so so yummy :D

    Sass xxx

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