Chocolate orange cupcakes

I wanted to make some cupcakes for my dad before he went away this afternoon. So this morning at 09:00am, I was dancing around the kitchen in my pyjamas to ‘the best of the 80’s’ whisking, stirring and mixing. My dad loves Terry’s chocolate orange, I think that’s where I get it from. I have been known to eat a whole one to myself, so I usually try and avoid them and the chocolate aisle in general. I didn’t have any baking powder or sugar, so I was naughty and let Betty Crocker save the day. I did make the yummy orange buttercream frosting though, here’s how.

terrys chocolate orange cupcakes

what you will need:
1 Betty crocker chocolate devils food cake mix (makes 12 large muffins)
3 fresh eggs
6tbsp vegetable oil
250ml of water
for the orange buttercream frosting:
5-6 cups icing sugar
1 cup of softened unsalted butter
a drop of orange extract
orange food colouring
Terry’s chocolate orange segsations
2 tbsp of milk 
Preheat the oven to 180, 160 for fan assisted ovens. Pour the cake mix into a large bowl, add 250ml of water,  6tbsp of oil, 3 eggs and mix well. When the mixture is nice and smooth pour the mixture into the muffin cases sat in a baking tray. Break up one chocolate orange segment and pop it into the mixture, cover the chocolate orange pieces with cake mixture with the back of a spoon. Place them in the oven to bake for around 22-25 minutes. 

chocolate orange cupcakes

Leave the cupcakes to cool for 30 minutes on a wire tray. In the mean time it’s time to make the orange buttercream frosting. In a mixing bowl, add one cup of softened unsalted butter. Whisk on medium speed for 5 minutes. Then filter in the 5-6 cups of icing sugar, 2 tbsp of milk, stirring in-between. Add 1-2 drops of orange extract, depending on how strong you want the orange flavour to be. Then add 4-5 drops of orange food colouring and stir, until the colour has blended well. When the icing starts to thicken, place the bowl of icing in the fridge to set, for about 20 minutes.

chocolate orange cupcakes buttercream frosting

The orange buttercream frosting should now be nice and firm, ready to pipe on to the chocolate cupcakes. Then top them with  Terry’s chocolate orange segsation and they’re ready to eat! Take a bite, of the orange buttercream frosting, then bite into the sponge for a melted Terry’s chocolate orange surprise centre, mmmmm.


  1. October 20, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    These look so yummy. Oh I could really eat one of them now. They'd look great for Halloween too. Rachel x

  2. October 20, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    These look so delicious. And I love the messages on the tiny chocolates πŸ™‚

  3. October 20, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    These look amazing! πŸ™‚

  4. October 20, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    Oh man! These look and sound incredible! I'm definitely book marking this post! x

  5. October 20, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    Very Tasty – will have to make these for my other half. I love betty crocker mixes – I struggle to find the motivation to make things from scratch with her fool-proof recipes! xx

  6. October 20, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    They look absolutely incredible, really want to run to the kitchen to bake now, despite making dinner!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

  7. October 20, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    These look so nice! but I do wish you wouldn't keep putting your measurements in 'cups' since as someone from England, I don't use cup measurements at all.

    • October 20, 2013 / 4:44 pm

      Ah, sorry! I just find them a LOT easier to use, you can buy them here in the UK. With this specific recipe it's a box mix, so most of it is straight forward instructions on the actual box anyways πŸ™‚ the only thing I measured in 'cups' is the buttercream frosting and even then on the packet of icing sugar there's usually measurements in grams on the back to make a buttercream frosting.. will keep this in mind though, thanks! x

    • October 20, 2013 / 4:52 pm

      forgot to add, i will do the next recipe without cups πŸ˜‰ haha x

    • October 23, 2013 / 2:05 pm

      If you pop to your nearest Wilkinsons they have cheap cup measurements – they're a God send because they're good quality and they're, as Becky said, easy to work with. If you don't have a Wilkos near by a lot of other places do do them too, you just have to keep an eye out πŸ™‚

    • October 27, 2013 / 9:07 pm

      Oh thank you guys! I will invest in some πŸ™‚ I'm such an old-school baker :L I did spot some in Lakeland the other day for about Β£3.50 so I'll pick some up πŸ™‚ xxx

  8. October 20, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    ahaha i'm the same with chocolate:P and these look so delicious!! i hope your dad enjoyed them πŸ™‚

  9. October 20, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    These look so yummy, love the cute messages on the chocolate

    Emma from

  10. October 20, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    This is so cute – I haven't had Terry's chocolate orange forEVER! Perfect for the winter months xo

  11. October 20, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    I was literally eating a chocolate orange cupcake from a local cupcake shop as I read this post. At least I know how to make my own now. Thanks!

    Rachel theinelgantwench

  12. October 20, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    you are a baking angel, honestly. and these cupcakes are my dream! terry's chocolate oranges are my absolute weakness (ask any of my friends!) and any orange flavoured chocolate will go down quite well with me so i really need to make these PRONTO! they sound absolutely delicious and that icing looks perfect! i love the little addition of a segment on top – so cute! πŸ™‚ thank you so much becky for a great recipe, i can't wait to have a go! πŸ™‚ X

  13. October 20, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    These look incredible – I'm craving a chocolate orange now! xx

  14. October 20, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    that orange frosting looks so delicious and i love this taste combo!

  15. October 20, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    These look amazing with the orange frosting. Definitely going to try these out…and nothing wrong with a little cheat baking at times.

    Ellen x | Being Ellen Stacey

  16. October 20, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    What a yummy recipe! I especially adore the little chocolate phrase bits on top πŸ™‚ Lovely post!

  17. October 21, 2013 / 4:29 am

    Looks amazing! Yum. I'm loving all your blog posts lately x

  18. October 21, 2013 / 4:58 am

    these look so pretty and i love how you added a bit of the orange chocolate into the easy peasy bake mix – what a smart way to customize a pre-packed cake mix! i'm definitely keeping that one in mind for my next baking adventure πŸ™‚

    rachel x

  19. October 21, 2013 / 6:54 am

    My boyfriend would love these! Definitely going to try them out πŸ™‚

    Pastel Bokeh

  20. October 21, 2013 / 10:18 am

    you make the cutest cakes! x

  21. October 21, 2013 / 10:53 am

    They look so pretty! ^_^

  22. October 21, 2013 / 11:50 am

    they look wonderful, i'm sure they taste just as good but i'm in italy, we don't have ready cake mix… i would really really appreciate if, in a recipe, people woulc actually write the ingredients w/o shortcuts =/


    • October 21, 2013 / 12:02 pm

      Sorry! I rarely use ready cake mix in recipe posts these days.. I can't write the recipe as I don't have / know it! As i said I just used the cake mix because I didn't have time / the ingredients in. I wouldn't like to blog about or recommend a recipe that I hadn't tried or made myself πŸ™‚

    • October 21, 2013 / 2:19 pm

      oh sure, that makes perfect sense πŸ™‚ i really like your blog so i'll stay tuned for more awesomeness. was planning to bake something every month myself and a sort of collab sometime would be fun! ^^


  23. October 22, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Chocolate and orange is my favourite flavour combination and I was tempted to make something like this recently anyway, they seem like a really good idea for a little halloween gathering or something like that πŸ™‚

  24. October 22, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    I love 80's music πŸ™‚

    and these look yummy! ..x

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