Monday 31 October 2011

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

I was supposed to be making pumpkin cupcakes but the faces didn't work out so I sprinkled hundreds and thousands on instead!

The recipe is easy peasy (as long as you're not trying to add pumpkin faces).

Preheat oven to 190C and then put

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 100g self-raising flour (then remove 1 tblsp and replace with 1 tblsp of cocoa powder)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tblsp milk
into a bowl and whisk until the mixture is creamy and blended well

Divide between cake cases (mine made 14) and bake for 15-20 minutes

Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to completely cool before decorating

Orange Buttercream Frosting

Beat 50g butter until fluffy

Measure out 200g icing sugar and gradually add half to the butter, beating well.

Add 2 tblsp of milk and a few drops of orange flavouring, red colouring and yellow colouring. Beat well and add more colouring if the colour isn't deep enough.

Slowly beat in remaining icing sugar.

Add additional milk or icing sugar to achieve the correct consistency

Spread onto the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle on hundreds and thousands. Do not attempt to make pumpkin faces out of ready to roll icing that you have Simpsonised yourself with by adding yellow colouring

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