Recipe by Joanne Wheatley
For the cupcakes
- 120g/4oz plain flour
- 140g/5oz caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking power
- 40g/1½oz unsalted butter
- 50g/2oz dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 free-range egg
- 125ml/4fl oz milk
- 1 orange, juice only
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
For the white chocolate and orange buttercream
- 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened
- 250g/9oz icing sugar
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 50g/1¾oz white chocolate, melted
- 1 orange, zest only
- 100g/3½oz orange chocolate
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until combined.
Whisk the melted chocolate, egg and milk together in a jug.
Stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the orange juice and granulated sugar together in a bowl. Carefully pour the orange juice mixture over the warm cakes and set aside to cool completely.
For the white chocolate and orange buttercream, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Carefully stir in the icing sugar and continue to beat for five minutes. Beat in the milk, melted chocolate and orange zest.
Decorate the cupcakes with the buttercream
Use a sharp knife to make chocolate shavings from the orange chocolate and use them to decorate the cupcakes.