In a Pickle was started in 2011 by Steph Anderson working alone in her home kitchen using her own unique recipes. Today the business has grown significantly and Steph supplies food retailers, shops and restaurants throughout the UK and into Europe.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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This is a fabulous cupcake recipe – almost like chocolate brownies in cupcake form, with a couple of spoonfuls of In A Pickle’s Christmas Morning Marmalade in the mixture to cut through the richness and make the cake really moist in the middle. Decorated with orange buttercream and a slice of Terry’s Chocolate Orange (surely the ultimate Christmas confectionery), these pretty cupcakes are the perfect festive treat.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 200g plain dark chocolate
  • 200g margarine
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml tap water
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp In A Pickle Christmas Morning Marmalade
  • 2 eggs

For the buttercream:

  • 300g margarine
  • 150g icing sugar
  • Red and yellow gel food colouring
  • A few drops of orange essence (optional)

To decorate:

  • Chocolate orange


Makes 12

  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C (140˚C). To make the cupcake mixture, first put the chocolate (broken up into pieces), the margarine, both types of sugar and the water in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave in thirty second bursts, stirring each time, until everything is completely melted and smoothly combined.
  • Next, weigh out the flour and add to the chocolate mixture. Beat really well until there are no lumps left. Add the In A Pickle Christmas Morning Marmalade and stir well again.
  • Finally, break the eggs into the mixture one at a time, beating really well until completely combined.
  • Grease a muffin tray, and then fill each hole about half way up with the cupcake mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for about ten minutes, then gently loosen each one with a knife round the edge, and carefully take out – they’ll be quite delicate, so go slowly. Place them upside down on a wire rack (they should have fairly flat tops, and the bottoms will be especially delicate) to cool.
  •  Once the cupcakes are completely cold, you can ice them. Beat together the margarine and icing sugar until smooth, then add a little red and yellow gel food colouring (much better than the water-based stuff, which can curdle your buttercream) and the orange essence (if using) and mix until you have the desired colour.
  • Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes with a star nozzle, and then finish each one with a slice of chocolate orange.