June 12, 2016

 It's Fathers Day next Sunday, and we think these cupcakes are a perfect thing to bake for your Dad! Our Dad loves all things chocolate so the obvious choice for us is always chocolate related! We think the orange gives a tasty twist and lets face it, who doesn't love a Terry's Chocolate Orange?!

This buttercream is super orangey tasting and we think the orange looks so pretty with the drizzled chocolate!  
The cake didn't turn out quite as orangey as we might have liked, so if you want a more intense flavour an orange extract/flavouring would probably work better than the orange juice. If you try this, please let us know how it works out! 

For the cupcakes…
4oz/115g butter
4oz/115g caster sugar
2 eggs
1tsp baking powder
3 ½oz/100g self-raising flour
½oz/15g cocoa powder
zest and juice of 1 orange

For the buttercream…
4oz/115g butter
approx. 12oz/285g icing sugar
zest and juice of 1 orange
orange food colouring

To decorate… 
a bar of milk/dark chocolate 
Terry's Chocolate Orange

First, pre-heat your oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas mark 6.

This recipe is just another variation of our usual cupcake recipe, we've just added the orange zest and juice!
In a bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and baking powder. Now, mix in the self-raising flour and cocoa powder and stir to make a smooth batter. If you taste the batter and decide you want more chocolate you can just add in some more cocoa powder. Finally, just add the orange zest and juice and combine well.

Take your cupcake tray and fill with paper cases. Then divide the cake batter into the tray -we got 12 cupcakes from ours- and pop them in the oven!

Bake for around 20 minutes, until springy to touch or an inserted skewer comes out clean. Place the cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling you can make the buttercream by beating together the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl. Add the orange zest and juice and combine. You will need to add more icing sugar at this stage as the orange juice will make it too thin. Just add as much or as little as you need to get a nice thick buttercream. If it's too thin it won't pipe well! Now just add the orange food colouring until you are happy with the colour.

Next, grab a piping bag with a star nozzle and fill it with your buttercream. The nozzle we had quite small so we ended up piping two layers of buttercream to give it the height we wanted. But it's completely up to you if you want more or less buttercream!

Next, we added some pretty drizzled chocolate onto the cupcakes. Just break up about half a bar of chocolate into a bowl and microwave until it's all melted. This should take less than a minute but check your chocolate every 20 seconds or so and give it a stir, as you don't want it to burn! Now you can either grab a spoon and go for it with the drizzling or take a piping bag with a very small hole and pipe the chocolate on top of the buttercream. This bit doesn't have to be neat and our table got quite messy! 

 Give your chocolate orange a good whack to break it up and then add a segment to each cupcake! 

 Now it's time to enjoy your cupcakes! Preferably with a nice cup of tea! 
These cupcakes were a big hit with our Dad! He said the cake was a beautiful velvety texture and he loved the orange buttercream! 
Let us know in the comments if you decide to bake these for your Dad for Fathers Day next weekend!

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If you want any more ideas for Fathers day baking check back next weekend we will be making a very decadent chocolate cake!    
See you soon! 
Love, Antonia and Imogen x

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