Bat Out Of Hell Cupcakes (Chocolate Orange)

I've got another Halloween themed bake for you today, with just a hint of Meatloaf. The singer, of course, not the food. These are my Bat Out Of Hell cupcakes, complete with low flying bat sprinkles. These are chocolate orange cupcakes with a smooth orange buttercream, so they're a flavour that everyone will love. Ideal for parties or for winning over your workmates, these are light, delicious and just the right amount of spooky.

I know that this time of the year is all about autumnal flavours, like apple, cinnamon and pumpkin, but there's no avoiding all the Christmas treats that have started lining the shelves too. So I just couldn't help but buy a Terry's Chocolate Orange! I had no idea what to do with it, but then these cupcakes were born. They're packed with chunks of Choc Orange in all different sizes, so it's a real treat when you stumble across a rather large piece. The cake itself has real orange zest in, and the buttercream is flavoured with orange juice or extract, so these cupcakes are quite citrusy and yummy! Plus, who doesn't love chocolate orange? They'll be flying off the plate as soon as you bake them!

You will need:
1 x 175g Terry's Chocolate Orange
325g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
120g self-raising flour
30g cocoa powder
Half teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 orange
500g icing sugar
Orange food colouring
Orange flavour extract (optional)
Bat sprinkles
  1. Preheat your oven to 190c/160c fan and line a muffin tray with cases. I got these adorable black and orange bat ones from Asda, so they may have some left! Chop up your Chocolate Orange or if you like your chunks in different sizes, pop it into a sandwich bag and bash it to bits with a rolling pin.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together 150g of butter and sugar until it is smooth and light. Beat in the eggs until the mixture is combined.
  3. Sieve over your flour, cocoa powder and baking powder, before gently folding them in. This should make your mixture quite thick, but try to be as gentle as possible.
  4. Finely grate your orange and add the zest to the mixture. Set the rest of the orange aside for later. Fold this in with the chunks of Chocolate Orange.
  5. Spoon your cake mixture into your cases so that they're about two thirds full. 12 cases should be enough! Bake in the oven for around 18-20 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning them out on to a wire rack to completely cool.
  6. Whilst they're cooling, you can make your buttercream. Beat the remaining 175g of butter in a large bowl to soften it up. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat each time to prevent being smothered in an icing sugar cloud.
  7. Cut your orange in half and juice it. Add the juice to your icing and the food colouring. You can use orange extract instead if you'd like! Mix them in, and add more if you'd like a stronger flavour/colour.
  8. Pipe your icing on to your cakes and decorate with little bat sprinkles. I got mine from Asda too, but there are plenty of options on eBay.
In the words of Meatloaf, these cupcakes will be gone when the morning comes! These little guys are quick and easy to make, so if you're looking for something to bake this Halloween, these are the cupcakes for you.

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