Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Rich Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Mum has been asking me to bake these cupcakes for some time and I have been putting it off for various reasons. However as we were due to celebrate my uncle’s birthday, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to whip these up. Plus it’s a perfect flavour combination which gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Some of the ingredients
As always this delightful pairing never ceases to disappoint. The aroma that permeates questions whether one is eating a Jaffa Cake or Terry’s Chocolate Orange – neither. In fact it is a rich, (aptly named) dense, moist, chocolately orange cupcake that it paired with a lovely chocolate ganache, topped off with a slice of caramilised orange.

I’m so happy with the way they turned out just as I envisaged; classy and chic. Don’t they look like they belong in a dessert display stand in some fancy chic cafĂ©?
Rich Chocolate Orange Cupcakes   

Yields 18 cupcakes


175g butter
250g castor sugar
6 eggs, separated
175g plain chocolate, melted
175g ground almonds
4 oranges, rind and juiced
225g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder

115g plain chocolate
25g butter
45ml double cream



1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Gradually beat in egg yolks followed by melted chocolate.

3. Fold in almonds. Next add the rind and juice.

4. In a separate grease free bowl, whisk egg white until it forms soft peaks.

5. Fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

6. Sift flour and cocoa powder and add the to wet mixture slowly using a spatula.

7. Pour into cupcake liners and bake for 15-20 minutes at 170C, preheated oven.


1. Melt chocolate, butter and cream in a bowl over a pot of water.

2. Cool and chill until it hardens and achieves a pipe-able consistency.

 A step by step guide to the most mouthwatering cupcakes!

Nb: If you’re not a big fan of rind, I would suggest grating it much finer than seen in the photo.
I also found that the cupcake liners came off very easily which resulted in me removing all the liners for before serving. Not too sure why it does that though.


  1. Oh wow, these do indeed look incredibly rich. I remember seeing Jaffa cakes in Ireland!
    The contrast of the orange garnish is beautiful with the rich, dark chocolate!

  2. I absolutely love this combination- chocolate and orange. I recently baked chocolate orange cake but before I could even click the pics, it was all gone! The cupcakes look perfect to the 'T'.

  3. There is nothing better than orange and chocolate. Perfect combination - never seen it in a cupcake before - great idea!

  4. Wow...so wonderful combination

  5. These look so rich and perfect! Love the orange and chocolate combo!

  6. Kiri: Jaffa Cakes are so delicious and don't contain as many calories as a slice of cake! A win win situation i think :)

    Easyfoodsmith: Everyone loves this combo! Perfection :)

    Bananamondaes: Thank you! :)

    KMS: Thanks :)

    Stephanie: Thank you :) Its my favorite combo!

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  8. They look so amazing! I personally don't like chocolate with any fruits other than plums, but the rest of the house will sure enjoy those... and I'll enjoy looking at them :) Thanks for posting!

  9. first time in your space...I'm seriously drooling over these pics...I just loved these choco cakes n I'm surely going to try for my kid....love to follow ur space.....do visit mine whenevr u hav time :-)

  10. irresistable n hearty..;P
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  11. Orange and chocolate together is one of my favorite combinations! I just got some of the best chocolate covered orange slices from a local chocolatier last week, and these sound just like them in cupcake form. Mmm...

  12. OMG!! This is sooo tempting!! First time on your blog. Love ur recipes!!

  13. Little Housewife: Thanks :) They are cute little cupcakes for sure! I wonder if you could incorporate plums into cupcakes...:p

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    Jay: Thanks!

    Jen:Oooh chocolate covered oranges are delicious! And these cupcakes are very much like that!

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