I just love the taste of orange and chocolate together. It’s a sophisticated taste combination with a nice flavour kick. That's why these cupcakes make the perfect bite to eat and a sure show-stopper dessert!
230 g unsalted butter, softened
225 g caster sugar
230 g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 pinch of salt
2 tsp of orange essence
110 g dark, chocolate chips
1 tbsp grated orange zest
For the icing:
50 g butter, softened
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 175˚C. Put 18 paper baking cases in muffin tins. (Do in two lots if you were using a standard muffin tin.)
Combine all the cupcake ingredients into a bowl, except the chocolate chips.
Beat with an electric whisk until smooth and pale, for about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
Scoop a spoonful of mixture into each cupcake case.
Bake for at least 20 minutes. Then, remove the cupcakes and place on a rack to cool.
Icing Note: Make sure the butter is soft so it will beat easier. Combine all icing ingredients in a large bowl and beat for one minute.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto each cupcake.
Add a bit of orange zest to the top of each cupcake to give it a fresh finish.