This is going to be one of those love or hate recipes as not everyone likes the combination of chocolate and orange (shocking I know!) … it’s a win-win situation for me though as not only do they taste good but I love the colour orange as it gives away so much warmth and energy .. and most of us could use that to beat the Monday blues! The frosting is completely optional though as I thought they tasted great plain as well! So do give it a go and let me know how you get on 🙂 …
Ingredients for the cupcake:
All Purpose Flour: 226 grams
Caster Sugar: 226 grams
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 226 grams
Baking Powder: 1 tbsp
Orange Zest: 2 tbsp
Orange Essence: 1 tsp
Chocolate Chips: 100 grams
Ingredients for Frosting:
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 113 grams
Icing Sugar: 3 cups
Orange Essence: 1/2 tsp
Milk: 2 tbsp
Method for the cupcakes:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line the cupcake cases in your baking tray.
In a bowl, beat together the unsalted butter and caster sugar until well-dissolved.
Add the eggs one by one followed by orange zest and orange essence. Continue to beat the mixture until well-combined.
In a separate bowl sift together the all purpose and baking powder. Take 2 tbsp of the all purpose flour from this mixture and add the chocolate chips. (Doing so would prevent the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake while baking).
Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips to the batter and fold with the help of a spatula.
Add equal amounts of the batter to the cupcake cases.
Bake your cupcakes at 180 degrees Celsius until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cupcake comes out clean.
Once your cupcakes have baked, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Method for the Frosting:
In a bowl beat the unsalted butter until it forms a creamy mixture. Add the orange essence.
Add the icing sugar a little at a time and continue to beat until all ingredients are well-combined.
Add approximately 2 tbsp of milk and beat the mixture once again until it reaches the desired frosting consistency.
Congratulations! Your chocolate and orange cupcakes are ready to tickle those taste buds! 🙂