There are very few sweet flavour combinations that beat the classic chocolate + orange duo.
I got given way too many chocolate oranges for Christmas this year. So of course, I had to use half of one to make some cupcakes for our BBQ on New Years Eve – how kind of me! 


  • 12 hole muffin tray, lined with cases
  • 4oz butter or margarine
  • 3oz caster sugar
  • 1oz golden brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 1oz good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 large orange 
For the icing:
  • 2oz soft butter or margarine
  • 4oz icing sugar
  • 1/2 chocolate orange, melted 


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180oC
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
  3. Slowly mix in the eggs, one at a time
  4. Sieve and fold in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder
  5. Fold in the maple syrup and orange zest 
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, until a skewer comes out of the cupcake centre clean (or when you press the top, they spring back to the original shape)
  7. Leave to cool on a wire wrack whilst you make the icing
  8. Beat the butter to soften, slowly adding in the sieved icing sugar 
  9. Once a creamy, smooth mixture has formed, carefully fold in the melted chocolate
  10. Ice the cupcakes once the sponges are completely cooled
  11. Decorate x 

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