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Chocolate orange cupcakes topped with rich chocolate icing and fresh orange zest
40Total Time
20Prep Time
20Bake Time

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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About our Chocolate Orange Cupcakes recipe:

Treat yourself, your family and friends this Easter with our delicious chocolate orange cupcakes.

This classic flavour combination never fails to satisfy chocoholics - and the kids will love getting involved while you're baking.

40Total Time
20Prep Time
20Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C, gas mark 5), and line a 12 bun muffin tin with muffin cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Using a hand held electric whisk or freestanding mixer mix the butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt on a low speed until it is the texture of breadcrumbs.

  3. Step 3:

    Put the egg in a jug and whisk by hand. Add the milk and orange extract and mix together.

  4. Step 4:

    Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients & mix on low speed, gradually increasing to a medium speed until the consistency becomes smooth & thick.

  5. Step 5:

    Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until ½ full. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until risen and springy to the touch.

  6. Step 6:

    Leave to cool slightly and then place on a wire rack.

  7. Step 7:

    To make the buttercream mix the icing sugar, cocoa and water by hand to form a paste, then add the butter, mixing slowly, then increase the speed to high and whisk until soft & fluffy. Add the orange extract and continue to mix.

  8. Step 8:

    Fill a piping bag with the chocolate buttercream and pipe on top of the cooled cupcakes to decorate. To finish lightly grate some orange zest on top of the cupcakes or use chocolate decorations.


    • 100g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 40g Cocoa powder
    • 140g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 40g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 0.5 tsp Orange extract
    • 1.5 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 120ml Milk (whole)
  • For the buttercream

    • 100g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • 25g Cocoa powder
    • 15ml Warm water
    • 100g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 0.5 tsp Orange extract
    • 1 Orange (zest of)

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