Ok, ok so it’s not yet Halloween but my loving Mummy sent me these cute little cupcake cases and matching sticks which I just had to use! Further to this I am a firm believer in using up the chocolate stashed around the house and I assure you, we have A LOT! So digging out the Terry’s chocolate orange segments I thought to myself….Mmmmm chocolate orange…the perfect Halloween inspired flavour combo!
- 60g Stork
- 210g Caster sugar
- 150g Plain flour
- 1/2tbsp Baking powder
- 180ml Semi-skimmed milk
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g chocolate orange (Terry’s segments or i LOVE using Aero Orange Bubbles because they’re pretty too)
- Orange food flavouring
- 100g icing sugar
- 25g cocoa powder
- 40g butter
- 10ml milk
- Orange segments (Terry’s) or anything similar (Aero orange bubbles etc)
- Orange food flavouring
- Leftover half of Fluff frosting, see my whoopies here
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tin with Halloween paper cases, or orange and black ones alternated if you do’t have patterned ones.
- Pop the stork, sugar, flour, baking powder and cocoa in to a food mixer, or use a hand whisk… then mix them all up until they resemble a crumb -like consistency.
- In a jug whisk up the eggs and milk, adding them to the dry mixture gradually and slowly until fully combined
- Now stir through about a teaspoon of orange food colouring.
- Finally chop up your orange chocolate
- Fill the cases 3/4 full; this mix does about 12 hearty cakes.
- Put in to the oven for 15 mins or until the tops spring back.
- Leave in the tin for 10 mins as they will be pretty squidgy form all that melted chocolate yummyness!
- Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to go completely cold
- Now make your frostings. I made a small batch of chocolate icing by combining the icing sugar, cocoa and butter with the milk in a food mixer and then stirring about 1tsp of orange flavouring through.
- The Fluff is leftover from a previous recipe which I froze. All frostings can generally be frozen and this makes for mystery frosting section if like me you forget to label them in the freezer
- I added a bit of red and yellow food colouring to give it a ghoulishly orange tinge. Anyone who knows my previous posts will know I swear by gel food colours as they don’t run the consistency.
- Now you need to select a nozzle of your choice and fill a piping bag 50/50 with the two frostings. I put the chocolate in first and then poured the fluff in as this is the gooey-est!
- This mixture is very messy so you will need to pipe the cakes and then get them in to the fridge asap!!!
- I swirled them, even though the mixture tends to slide together in a scary droopy fashion.
- Quickly pop an orange segment on each one and then pop the spider cocktail sticks on too (if you have them).
- Ideally leave these in the fridge for as long as possible to maintain structural success
So ta daaaaaaaa….there we have spooky inspired chocolate-orange cupcakes, messy but well worth the effort of washing your hands afterwards.
Thankfully Grant and I devoured one each the night before I took these in to work as they were snaffled up in record time! It would appear that this flavour combo is one to revisit over and over again….