Prepare for the bake off references.
Now I’m no Mary Berry as a matter of fact i’m not even really Mel or Sue, however as we’re approaching halloween i wanted to turn my hand at some fun halloween baking; so i decided to attempt some chocolate orange cupcakes!
I used two difference recipes for this: one for the chocolate cakes and one for the icing but i did tweek the original recipes to suit what i wanted to make.
What you’ll need for the cakes:
- 100g plain flour
- 20g cocoa powder
- 140g caster sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 40g unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 120ml whole milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- cupcake tray lined
- You could add a few drops of orange extract to the sponge mixture if you wanted chocolate orange cake but i just stuck with orange icing.
What you’ll need for the icing:
- 100g softened butter
- 440g icing sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 drops of orange food colouring
- Black piping icing
- Orange zest (optional)
Lets get to it with the chocolate cupcakes!
- Preheat your oven to 170C (325F) Gas Mark 3
- Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer or you could use a handheld electric whisk. Beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is mixed together, you might need to stop and move the mixture from the sides if needed.
- Then in a separate bowl whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract. Then pour half of the mixture into the flour mixture, beat together and then add the remaining mixture. Continue mixing until you have a smooth mixture but make sure you don’t over mix it.
- Spoon your mixture into the cupcake cases and fill to two thirds full. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
- You’ll know they’re done when you put a skewer in the middle and it comes out clean. The sponge should bounce back when you press your finger lightly on the top.
I’m actually really proud of the cupcakes themselves they’re really fluffy, Paul Hollywood at this point would give me a look and it’d be a good look, i think.
Things i noticed while making the cupcakes: The recipe suggests this makes 12 cupcakes however i only got 7 out of this mixture, i’d suggest doubling the ingredients if you’re looking to make more.
While the cakes are cooling you can get on with making your icing:
- In your electric mixer beat the softened butter, icing sugar and salt until combined.
- Add the orange juice, golden syrup and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
- Tint with your food colouring.
- Add orange zest if you want a more tangy flavour.
Things i noticed while making the icing: the recipe suggests two drops of food colouring however this only made the mixture a yellow colour, add a few drops, mix and continue to add your food colouring until you get your desired orange colour. Also unlike the cakes, this recipe made way too much icing, if you’re doubling your cake ingredients keep these icing measurements, you’ll have more than enough.
All thats left is to ice your cakes! Now as the photos clearly show i’m no expert at this so i’ll let you get on with that yourself; however one thing i noticed was that because this is icing and not butter cream you will need two layers to completely cover the cake.
You can pipe on little halloween designs of your choice, i chose ghosts, pumpkins and phrases. As you can see this is a first time attempt and i’m far from the best but it was really fun to do and the cupcakes tasted amazing!
I’d love to see if any of you guys try making the cupcakes or a version of your own, tweet or instagram pictures if you do and make sure to tag me in them! – Happy halloween baking, Maria x