Chocolate orange cupcakes

After my rant about overly sweet cupcakes the other day I decided to try to make some that are just sweet enough for my taste. I had used golden icing sugar a while ago for frosting for a chocolate coffee loaf cake, which seemed to make the frosting a bit more mellow and not as sweet as normal icing sugar.

I decided to use a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days recipe book that I adapted. I also halved the amount of frosting, as I always seem to end up with loads left over plus the kids prefer the cupcakes without frosting anyway. I’m happy to report the result was a resounding success!

Chocolate orange cupcakes

Chocolate orange cupcakes
Ingredients
75g butter
200g caster sugar
100g light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
250g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
240ml milk

Method
1) Preheat oven to 190C and fill a muffin tin with muffin cases
2) Mix together butter and the two sugars until fully combined
3) Beat in one egg at the time, followed by the vanilla essence
4) Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add in batches, alternating with the milk. Combine until smooth
5) Divide the mixture between the muffin cases, bake for 18-20 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean

Orange Frosting
(NOTE: This is a half batch of frosting and will not cover all the cupcakes in the recipe above)
Ingredients
350g golden icing sugar
50g unsalted butter, soften
125g full-fat cream cheese
grated zest of 1 orange

Method
1) Whisk the softened butter and  icing sugar until crumbly
2) Add the cream cheese and mix until smooth and light
3) Add the orange zest and combine until thoroughly mixed in

Chocolate orange cupcake