Chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing

Chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing Image: Msi Muzi Mathebula

Chocolate orange mini cakes with decadent icing for dessert

Do you need a tasty treat for a birthday party or office event? Give these chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing a try and see what happens.

Chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing

Chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing Image: Msi Muzi Mathebula

Did you know that chocolate and orange pair very well together? Rich and sweet chocolate is delicious but sometimes you need something else and orange helps add a bit of flavour while dampening richness. This combination is great for chocolate bars but also for cupcakes. These chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing are a great addition to any dessert table or party.

More about your chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing

Your cake recipe is very simple but it also comes down to the melted chocolate. When melting in a microwave, keep it short, stir and continue again. However, the best option is using a double boiler or bainmarie. This ensures more control over the chocolate. Your vanilla and orange icing is smooth and incredibly tasty. You can also add a bit of orange zest on the top for garnish and more flavour. Stack them on the dessert table and step aside for the stampede of people.

Do you need a tasty treat for a birthday party or office event? Give these chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing a try and see what happens.

Chocolate orange mini cakes with orange icing Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Msi Muzi Mathebula Course: Snack, DessertCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

50

minutes

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • 200 g self-raising flour

  • 100 g milk chocolate

  • 40 g cocoa powder

  • 230 g caster sugar

  • 230 g butter at room temperature

  • 4 large eggs

  • tsp orange extract

  • 2 tsp milk

  • For the icing
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tbsp orange juice

  • 2 tbsp orange zest (from 1 orange, finely grated)

Method

  • For the cake
  • Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan.
  • Line two 20cm round sandwich tins or ramekins with grease-proof paper or re-usable baking tin liners.
  • Melt your milk chocolate (100g) – You can either melt it in the microwave (heat for 30 seconds, stir and then heat for a further 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate has melted), over a bain marie, or in a saucepan over very low heat.
  • Set the chocolate aside to cool.
  • Put all of the other cake ingredients into a large bowl (200g self-raising flour, 40g cocoa powder, 230g caster sugar, 230g margarine or butter, 4 large eggs, 1½ tsp orange extract and 2 tsp milk). Beat together (either using an electric mixer on a low speed or by hand) until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix in (again at a low speed) until combined.
  • Split the cake mixture between the two tins or ramekins.
  • Smooth the mixture using a palette knife or the back of a spoon. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once the cakes are cooked, remove them from the oven and leave them to cool in their tins or ramekins for about 10 minutes before removing them from the tins and moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • For the orange Icing
  • In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter with the vanilla extract until light and well blended.
  • Sift the confectioners’ sugar and gradually beat it into the butter along with the salt.
  • Add a few tablespoons of orange juice and the orange zest. Beat until well blended and add more orange juice as needed for a spreadable frosting.

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