Thursday, 12 July 2007

Orange Chocolate Cupcakes

When I saw this recipe I thought it was the prefect little thank you for my tagine.

Somehow this made 24. I think they might have been intended to be more muffin-like than cupcake-like. However, with 24 more people enjoyed them as we took some to work.

Jaffa's are an old time lolly here in Australia, I don't think you can get them overseas? They're a orange chocolate inside an orange candy shell.

260g plain flour
1/4 cup (55g) cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
80g Terry's orange chocolate, chopped
250g tub light sour cream
60g unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup Jaffas, crushed
+ extra to decorate

200g good-quality dark cooking chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (60ml) thickened cream

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Line 12 muffin pans with paper cases.

Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.

Add the sugar and chocolate.

In a separate bowl whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, milk and eggs together.

Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until just combined. Try not to over mix.

Put the mixture into the pattypans and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked when tested.

Cool allow to cool in the muffin-pan.

Melt chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts.

Set aside for 1-2 hours to thicken slightly, I just put it in the fridge for a 10 minutes and it thickened nicely.

Spread muffins with the ganache and sprinkle with crushed Jaffas to decorate.


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