Christmas chocolate orange cupcakes with orange buttercream

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Victoria Threader's Christmas chocolate orange cupcakes with orange buttercream
Victoria Threader's Christmas chocolate orange cupcakes with orange buttercream
  • Makes: 10

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

goodtoknow user Victoria Threader's works her magic once again with these special Christmas cupcakes. The combination of chocolate orange cupcakes and orange buttercream sounds divine!


  • 165g of plain flour
  • 20g of cornflour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 90g of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Grated zest and juice of one orange
  • 115g of dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of milk at room temperature


  • 500g icing sugar
  • 200g of unsalted butter
  • Juice and zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Alternative chocolate topping:

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 175g of good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 fan oven/180/350/gas mark 4.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a heat proof dish over a saucepan of water until smooth.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and slowly beat until just combined
  5. Add the melted chocolate, flour, bicarbonate,baking powder, salt, orange juice and milk and beat until the mixture come together. Don't over beat as the cakes will peak in the middle.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases (to about 2 thirds full) and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave in the tray for a few minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Add all the ingredients together and beat until light and fluffy. This should take about 5 minutes with an electric beater.
  2. Spoon or pipe the icing on to the cakes and add your favourite Christmas decorations.

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