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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Chocolate orange sponge topped with smooth chocolate orange buttercream and topped with a slice of Chocolate Orange – Chocolate Orange Heaven!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with some new buttercream flavours. I thought it would be fun to create some along a Christmas theme and as it turned out I found not one, not two, but five new flavours. So this week is now officially Festive Buttercream Week ???? A week of different flavours, perfect for adding a festive twist to your cakes.

My first new flavour is chocolate orange. The reason these are first is that my parents were visiting last week when I was testing the recipe and my mum enjoyed it so much she’s been nagging me to share it so she can make some more.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Seeing as chocolate orange is such an amazing flavour, I thought that I’d go all out and make the sponge chocolate orange flavour too, and I topped each one with a slice of chocolate orange just to finish them off.

Rather than melting down actual Chocolate Oranges into my cupcakes and buttercream, I decided to add the orangey flavour using orange extract. The main reasons I did this is because Chocolate Oranges don’t like heat. The chocolate goes grainy and unusable far more easily than the chocolate you’d find in the baking aisle. This isn’t great to eat, and let’s face it, no one wants to waste Chocolate Orange. It would spoil the whole baking experience.

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Chocolate orange sponge topped with smooth chocolate orange buttercream and topped with a slice of Chocolate Orange – Chocolate Orange Heaven!

- 175 g soft margarine - or softened butter

- 75 g milk chocolate - choose something from the baking aisle in the supermarket as it will cope well with the heat in the oven without going grainy

- 250 g unsalted butter - soft at room temperature

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

- 150 g milk chocolate - choose a chocolate from the baking aisle as this won’t go grainy when it’s melted

- 12 pieces of Chocolate Orange

- Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.

- Put your cupcake cases into a muffin tin.

- Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl mix on a low speed until fully combined.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

- Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 cupcake cases .

- Put the tin into the oven and cook the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes put a skewer in the middle and check if it comes out clean. If it does they’re done, if not pop them back in for a couple more minutes and check again.

- Once cooked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool in the tins for a few minutes.

- Remove the cupcakes from their tin and pop them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

- Break the chocolate into pieces and melt it .

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

- Once melted remove from the heat and pour into another bowl .

- Beat the butter until soft then add the orange extract , cocoa powder and icing sugar and beat until fully combined .

- Once the chocolate has cooled to room temperature pour it into the buttercream and beat until fully combined. You should find that the buttercream is soft and spreadable. If it is a little stiff then add milk a tsp at a time until it is the right consistency.

- Pipe your buttercream onto the cupcakes. Top each one with a slice of chocolate orange and some orange sprinkles.

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 22% | Calcium: 3.1% | Iron: 10.3%

Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

- Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free

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