This month we have Suzanne taking part in the Trex Challenge. We challenged her to bake something to cheer us up on a rainy day and share her results.
"Try these chocolate orange cupcakes to add a little sunshine to any rainy day!"
I love baking but admit that I don’t always find the time to do it. That said, there’s nothing better than locking yourself away on a dreary Saturday morning and making something special for friends or family. Cupcakes are really easy to make and are a great choice if you’re short on time or are baking with the kids.
When challenged to bake something for a rainy day, I made sure chocolate was a key ingredient because we all need plenty of it on a cold autumn day! Mixed with the fact that orange equals sunshine, I decided on chocolate orange cupcakes. I used dark chocolate for the buns and white chocolate for the buttercream. I’m pleased to say they tasted pretty good, so why not give them a go!
Makes 12 cakes
Bake time: 12 minutes
Prep time: 40 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan oven 160ºC/Gas Mark 4. Place 12 paper cake cases into a cake tin.
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl then add the sugar, Trex, unbeaten eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Use a wooden spoon to beat the mixture until it is smooth and creamy – approximately 2 minutes.
Melt the dark chocolate and stir into the mixture until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into paper cases. Bake for 12 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown and a skewer or knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the orange juice and granulated sugar together in a bowl. Carefully pour the orange juice mixture over the warm cakes and set aside to cool completely.
For the buttercream topping, beat the butter in a mixing bowl until it softens then beat in the icing sugar until blended to form a light consistency. Then beat in the milk, melted white chocolate and orange zest.
Decorate the cooled cupcakes with the white chocolate and orange buttercream and add segments or shavings of orange-flavoured milk chocolate to finish.