Recipe: Chocolate orange cupcakes for Halloween

It’s Pieday Friday and here’s another yummy cupcake recipe that you can prepare in advance, ready for your Halloween parties or just for a tasty treat at any time. I love the combination of chocolate and orange – I don’t know why, but I’m really not a fan of chocolate sponge cake – I’d always choose a vanilla sponge any day! But with the orange flavour, I love it and can’t get enough of it, so hence the reason why I’m making chocolate orange cupcakes for Halloween. Well, I want to enjoy them too! I used these cute solid-side cupcake cakes that I found on Wholeport to make the cakes look even more Halloweeny and the cases are currently on special offer until 15th Oct along with all the other spooky goodies on the Wholeport craft site. The recipe for the lovely icing is below and I actually followed a Mary Berry recipe for the sponge, so you can see her recipe and method by clicking here.

 cassiefairys pieday friday recipe for chocolate orange cupcakes muffins with choccie icing and orange aero balls

Ingredients for the cake recipe: 100g softened butter, 50g cocoa powder, 90ml boiling water, 3 large eggs, 4 tbsp milk, 175g self-raising flour, 1 rounded tsp baking powder, 300g golden caster sugar, finely grated zest of 1 orange.

To make the Icing: Melt 100g of yummy milk chocolate before mixing in 150g icing sugar. Add a teaspoon or two of freshly squeezed orange juice to loosen up the mixture then add more icing sugar to make a thick paste – the thickness depends on the finish you want, so if you’re going to pipe the icing onto the cakes you will need a looser icing paste than I have used. I simply blobbed the icing on top of the cake then used a fork to make it spiky (and more scary!) for Halloween. Add a couple of Chocolate Orange Aero balls on top of the cake and enjoy!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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