Choco Orange Cupcakes
Admittedly, I'm new to the whole choco orange sensation...why this combo took me so long to stumble upon, I will never know. This week's blog was inspired by Twitter Mate Sarahs_Scribble and Telly Show 'Something for the Weekend' - both of which filled my head with images of orangey cakey goodness. I'm happy to oblige:
Choco Orange Cupcakes
(eat your heart out jaffa cakes!)
1 Chocolate Bar (100g Chopped)
1 & 3/4c. Flour
1/2tsp. Baking Powder
1 & 1/4c. Granulated Sugar
1/3c. Vegetable Oil
2 large Eggs
2 Medium Oranges (For Zest & Juice!)
Put your chopped Chocolate pieces into a heat-proof bowl, then place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave until melted and smooth. (This will be added to your Chocolate Mixture later.)
For the Base Mixture:
In a large bowl, sift together the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt, then set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the Sugar, Oil, Eggs, and Vanilla. Then using a hand blender, slowly pour your dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend until all is well incorporated.
Now divide your existing mixture into two separate bowls - One bowl (for the Orange Mixture) should have 3/4 of your Base Mix, whilst the other bowl (for the Chocolate Mixture) should have the remaining 1/4 of your Base Mix.
For the Orange Mixture:
Blend the Zest and Juice of two Oranges into the larger portion (3/4) of your Base Mixture. Set aside. (This mixture should come out thin - like your typical cake mixture.)
For the Chocolate Mixture:
Fold the melted Chocolate into the smaller portion (1/4) of your Base Mixture. Set Aside. (This mixture should should have the texture of cookie batter.)
Assembling it All:
Place paper liners a cupcake tin. Then, spoon the Orange Mixture into each of the paper liners until 1/3 full. Next, using a teaspoon, place a dollop of Chocolate Mixture into the centre of each cake.
Pop your cakes into the oven at 180C for 12-18Min or until cakes are firm to the touch.
The cakes should should be spongy on the outside with a chocolate cookie centre. (Re-heat in the microwave to turn the cookie centre into a gooey chocolate surprise!)
Until next time....