Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate chip cupcakes with orange zest topped with chocolate orange buttercream frosting. Zesty, chocolatey and perfect treat anytime! 

These cupcakes are one of my favourite bakes on the blog. They are by far one of the most popular recipes with my readers and they always get rave reviews! I’ve updated the recipe very slightly to make these cupcakes taste even more delicious!

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If you love the chocolate orange combo then this cupcake recipe is for you! Rich and buttery cupcakes exploding with tangy orange zest, creamy milk chocolate chips and vanilla. After baking the cupcakes are swirled with a gorgeous (and pretty addictive!) chocolate orange buttercream, which I could happily devour by the spoonful. The batter is like the cupcake version of cookie dough!

The recipe all starts with an easy cupcake batter. I use a trusty sponge cupcake batter which I have been making ever since I started baking. The only change I’ve made is I like to milk chocolate chips or chunks along with orange zest to mix. They give the cupcakes are beautiful zesty and gooey chocolatey flavour in each bite.

Decorate in anyway you like! I love topping each cupcake with a chocolate orange segment as a finishing touch.

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(Makes 10- 12)

Ingredients:

Cupcakes –

150g (2/3 cup) unsalted butter, softened

150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar (superfine)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

1 large orange, zested

100g (1/2 cup) milk chocolate chips or chunks

150g (1 and 1/4 cup) self-raising flour, sifted – or the same amount of flour + 2 tsp baking powder

2-3 tablespoons milk

Chocolate Orange Frosting – 

150g (2/3 cup) butter, softened

250-300g (2 1/2-3 cups) icing sugar, sifted

150g orange flavoured chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

2-3 tablespoons double cream or milk

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F / 180 Fan / Gas Mark 6. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases.

2. To make the cupcakes: In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, sugar and vanilla. Cream until really light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one and beat to combine. Toss the chocolate chips/chunks in about a tablespoon of the flour and mix – this will stop the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom of the cupcakes. Add the flour, and chocolate along with the orange zest and mix to combine. Adjust the consistency of the batter with milk.

3. Scoop the cupcake batter into the paper cases and then bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Once cooked all the way through, allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes or until they’re cool enough to touch, then transport to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. To make the buttercream: Melt the chocolate in advance and leave to cool very slightly. In a stand mixer beat the butter, icing and vanilla together on medium to high speed for 5-7 minutes until light and creamy. Add the melted chocolate along with the cream and mix until combined.

5. Put the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with your favourite nozzle. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake, then decorate in any way you like! I went for chocolate orange segments.

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Enjoy!

jess

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39 thoughts on “Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

  1. Holy flip! They look a-ma-zing. Such pretty photos too. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned, Stumbled and Tweeted this recipe and there’s a new linky live now – hope you join in 🙂

  2. Hi Jess
    My hubby is a big chocolate orange fan too so im making these for his birthday.

    How much cocoa powder & cream do u use in the icing?

    Thank u
    Amy xx

  3. Hi. I just saw your blog yesterday and it looks amazing, actually few recipes are on my to do list already. I couldn’t help noticing that you use free-range eggs in all the recipes I’ve seen so far. Is there any reason for that? I mean will I end up having different result if I use regular eggs? thank you.

  4. I have just made these and they are amazing!! Family and friends loved them, thank you so much for your recipe, will definitely be making them again 🙂

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  6. Hi Jess,
    I don’t know if you can edit it but in step 3 it calls for cocoa powder.
    I tried your Biscoff Tart and brought it to home group and EVERYONE loved it. One person took the remaining because she was convinced it would cheer up her family who wasn’t in a good state at the time.
    So easy! I’m looking forward to your ebook.

    • Hi Beverley! Thanks so much, must have been a typo. Corrected the recipe now!
      So pleased you’re enjoying my recipes. Glad everybody who tried the biscoff tart loved it, that’s such a great feeling if you all like my recipes! Chocolate always cheers people up!;)

  7. I made these as a valentines treat and they went down so well. The flavour was delicious and your right the cupcake batter was addictive. I’m looking to trying some more of your recipes soon.

  8. Hello Jessica

    I love your recipes!! They are so easy to do. So far, I’ve only tried the sablés, they were really great!!
    For this recipe, what can I put for the mousse if I don’t find Terry’s chocolate?
    Thank you for your generosity 😊
    Nath

  9. Analysed recipe and it’s only 450 calories a cupcake (and thats an overestimation if the mix makes 10, including the orange segment on top!!). So tasty

  10. Can’t wait to give these a whirl! Dad loves chocolate oranges so this will be a nice twist for Father’s Day 🙂

  11. I just made a big version of this for my brother’s birthday cake, Terry’s Chocolate Orange is his favourite and I’m pretty sure he’s going to love me for this, haha! I’ve made the cupcakes before and they turned out beautifully so I adjusted things slightly for a sandwich cake because it’s my go to chocolate orange recipe 🙂

    • Hi Heather! Thanks for your comment! I’m really happy you like my cupcake recipe, that makes me happy to hear! Love the idea of baking a sandwich cake – definitely going to try that sometime.
      Happy Birthday to your brother, I really hope you all enjoy the cake! 😀

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