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Halloween Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

cupcakes

Happy 1st of November!!

It’s hard to believe how fast 2016 has flown by. With Bonfire Night and Christmas just around the corner, 2017 will be upon us in no time at all. But my topic today is Halloween.

img_4653Yes, I know Halloween was yesterday but I had a very busy day. You see, Halloween also happens to be my mother in laws birthday. Mr J and I always prepare a selection of party food and have his parents visit for his mum’s birthday. We eat until we can’t eat no more and usually watch horror films, but Mr J’s mum chose to watch Evolution this year.

As I have been baking a fair bit this year, I wanted to bake some cupcakes with a Halloween twist. I decided on chocolate and orange marble cupcakes and chocolate and orange layered cupcakes. I totally enjoyed making them, but definitely got into a slight mess with the orange colouring.

I think the great things about these cupcakes is they aren’t just for Halloween! You can make them any time of the year and you can do you own interpretations of them too!

Here’s the recipe for the chocolate and orange cupcakes.


Ingredients

  • 350g flour
  • 350g butter | I used Storm margarine, which is perfect for cakes
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Orange food colouring
  • Orange essence

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190-200C (375-400F, Gass mark 5-6).
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Gradually add the beaten eggs.
  4. Sieve the flour and mix in.
  5. Divide the mixture into two equal parts.
  6. To half, add drops of orange food colouring and orange essence to your desired colour and flavour.
  7. To the other half, sieve in cocoa powder and mix until you get your desired colour and flavour.
  8. Place cases in a muffin tray.
  9. To prepare the chocolate and orange marbled cakes: Put a spoon of orange cake batter and a spoon of chocolate cake batter in a cake case and swirl with a cocktail stick. Don’t mix it up fully, just a few swirls to get the marble effect.
  10. To prepare the chocolate and orange layered cakes: Put a spoon of chocolate cake batter in the bottom of the case. Add a spoon of the orange cake batter on top of that and then add another spoon of chocolate cake batter on top of that.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cocktail stick comes out clean.
  12. Take out of the tray and leave to cool.

And the finished product….

I thoroughly enjoyed baking these cakes, even though I love baking in general. I’m hoping to be sharing some recipes with you over the Christmas period too. Be on the look out for those.

Did you have a go at making these chocolate and orange cupcakes? I’d love to see how you did. I’m also interested to see any other baking you do.

Best Wishes
Nikki

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