Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Chocolate Orange Brownie Cupcakes.

I thought I'd go with some nice festive red font today as it is getting closer to Christmas which, is very exciting. I also thought I would post this lovely, yummy recipe for Chocolate Orange Brownie cupcakes which, is delicious and very festive. I made these a few weeks ago in practise ready for Christmas and I used Jamie Oliver's Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies recipe which, literally makes the best brownies I have ever tasted. I make them all the time and I love them, they are so rich and chocolatey and have a lovely moist centre and chewy outside which, is gorgeous.
I often make them chocolate orange flavour aswell by using Terry's chocolate orange instead of dark chocolate and I thought that would be perfect for Christmas as orange is quite festive and gives a lovely christmassy flavour. I've never made them into cupcakes before though but, I just used the same recipe and it actually worked out fine. I found that the brownie cupcake stuck to the bottom of the cake case a little more than normal cupcakes but if you just leave them to cool for long enough they should come out just fine.                                                                            They have an amazing flavour and are so rich and chocolatey that you can just have them on their own as some people may find adding icing a bit too sickly. Me on the other hand, I adore chocolate so adding chocolate orange fudge frosting to the top has to be done. It is incredible.

250g unsalted butter
100g Terry's Chocolate Orange

100g Dark Chocolate
1 Small Packet of Magic Stars
1 Small Packet of Milkybar Buttons
80g cocoa powder, sifted
65g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
360g caster sugar
4 large free-range or organic eggs

For the Chocolate Orange Frosting
100g Terry's Chocolate Orange
2 tbsp. Milk
50g unsalted butter
75g icing sugar


Place 12 cupcake cases in a 12 hole cupcake tin and preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.

In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the magic stars and milkybar buttons, if you’re using them, and stir together. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the chocolate mixture. Stir together well. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.

Pour your brownie mix into the cupcake cases and place in the oven for around 18 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle. Allow to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the Chocolate orange fudge frosting by putting the chocolate, milk and butter in a small heavy-based saucepan and heating gently, stirring until the chocolate and butter have melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar until smooth.

Finally, spread the frosting over the tops of the cooled brownie cupcakes. If not thick enough to spread allow the frosting to set a little by cooling in the fridge so that it will hold it's shape when spread or piped onto the cupcakes.


Thankyou for reading!

Love Courts x


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