One thing that always makes me think of Christmas is a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and I’m pretty sure many of you will agree. I’ve had one every year for Christmas since I can remember and I couldn’t think of a better festive chocolatey cupcake recipe to put up on my blog than this. The recipe is from the Tesco ‘Real Food’ website but I’ve slightly adapted it from the original. I love this recipe because you basically just shove everything in the bowl and you’re good to go!

For these yummy cupcakes you will need:

– 150g sifted self-raising flour

– 245g softened unsalted butter

– 125g caster sugar

– 2 beaten eggs

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 15 drops orange essence

– 8 tbsp milk

– 140g melted dark chocolate

– 250g icing sugar

– 1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange

To make the cupcakes you will first need to preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees and line a 12 tin cupcake tray with cases. Then the super easy part. Pop your flour, 125g of the butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, 10 drops of the orange essence and 70g of the melted dark chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Beat using an electric whisk until the mixture is smooth. Be careful not to over beat it otherwise your cakes will sink! Spoon the mixture into the cases equally and bake for 15-20 minutes until springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Once the cakes have cooled completely, it’s time to decorate them! To make the icing you will need to mix the remaining 120g of butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the remaining 70g of melted dark chocolate and 5 drops of orange essence until the mixture is thick and creamy. Pipe or spoon onto the cake any way you like, then pop a segment of Terry’s Chocolate Orange on top and they’re ready to eat! Enjoy!

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