This Chocolate Orange Buttercream Frosting tastes sooo good. And yes, it compliments chocolate orange muffins, chocolate orange cupcakes and chocolate orange cakes deliciously! Sounds like a dream theme to me!
A while ago I remade and rephotographed these Chocolate Orange Muffins that had been sat gathering dust in the the archives of my blog for too long. How could I possibly let these sit there when they have SO much delicious goodness to deliver?
They taste really yummy, but a monthly hormone spike meant I was craving a whole lot more in terms of a naughty sugar hit. We’re allowed more ladies. It’s the rules.
So I pimped those babies up with this crazy-good chocolate orange buttercream frosting. Oh my!
I had promised myself this was a must-cook back when I made those muffins originally – why did I wait so long!?
I am going to warn you right now however, these chocolate orange buttercream-pimped chocolate orange muffins (try saying that with a mouthful of cake!) are moreish. And moreish. I can promise you now that if there is more than one person in the house, these will be gone.
Just make sure you take it as a sign of genuine appreciation!
Here’s where I also make a little confession too. I did re-make the muffins, photograph and write about the buttercream AGES ago. I had to stop writing about them because they were just too tasty! Every time I looked at the photographs I wanted to eat them! I may have had them all at once personally if I had actually finished this post!
However, it is coming up to Christmas now and you can’t help tripping over a box of Terrys Chocolate Orange everywhere you turn in the stores (not sponsored btw!), so I thought it would be the perfect time of year to complete this post and get it out so you can share ALL the yummy goodness! I don’t have any around so I will have to make some if I get the craving!
What is chocolate orange buttercream best used with?
As mentioned above, I used this buttercream with my muffins of the same name!
However, this chocolate orange buttercream would work well on cupcakes, muffins, chocolate cake or even straight from the spoon #blush #ahem
Doesn’t have to be chocolate orange cakes either. You could use the buttercream with regular chocolate cake. You could even give a bit of extra love to a plain old cake, fairycakes or muffins.
Or you could, of course, eat it straight from the spoon (what do you mean, I said that already?!?). You know you want to (again)!
If anyone tries the recipe with anything else, please do let me know as I’m all about finding new and tasty ways to spread it around (plus the less I have to eat off the spoon, the better…clearly!).
How to make chocolate orange buttercream icing
Anyone who has made buttercream icing before will know that it is actually easy stuff (especially when you think about the seriously impressive result you end up with!). It isn’t without a bit of effort however. Creaming butter and sugar by hand always seems to take an absolute age. I can highly recommend using an electric whisk if you have one available.
Chocolate powder gives the buttercream its choccy-ness and the zing comes from a combination of orange zest and orange juice. Mix it around, taste it and add a little more zzzzing if it makes you happy!
What’s this (photo below)? …..
Well I can tell you now that this ^^^ made me very happy.
When I remade these muffins, they were all looking delicious and topped with the buttercream recipe. Then, just as I was dusting my finished muffins off with icing sugar for the photos, it started snowing.
So beautiful. <3
Chocolate Orange Buttercream Recipe
- 100g butter, softened
- 175g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1-2 tablespoon orange juice
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and smooth.
Add in the cocoa powder, orange zest and one tablespoon of orange juice to start with.
Mix well, adding a little more orange juice if needed.
Scrape into a piping bag and top your cooled muffins, cupcakes or cake.