Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Originally from Leith's Recipe of the Day but with a couple of adaptions. I like to use whole nut chocolate. These are recipes I've kept for years, used time and time again and then moved house. I lost them six years ago and found them recently. It's like finding old much-loved friends. I want them safe. Please computer, don't die!
- 170 g butter
- 170 g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 170 g self-raising flour
- 85 g chocolate (drops)
- 2 oranges, juice and zest of
- 110 g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 orange, juice and zest of
- 200 g chocolate, chopped
- 50 ml milk
- Preheat oven to 190°C.
- Line 2 muffin pans (12 hole) with paper cases.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix eggs together in a separate bowl and gradually beat into creamed mixture a little at a time, adding 1 tablespoon of flour if the mixture begins to curdle.
- Stir in chocolate and orange zest.
- Fold in flour, adding orange juice to bring mixture to a dropping consistency.
- Divide mixture between cases so each is two-thirds full.
- Bake in middle of oven for about 20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen, golden and feel spongy to fingertips.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Make icing.
- Orange: Place icing sugar and orange zest in a bowl, add enough orange juice to mix to a fairly stiff consistency.
- Icing should hold a trail when dropped from a spoon but gradually find its own level.
- It needs little liquid.
- Chocolate: Melt chocolate and milk together.
- (I use a microwave oven for this- take care, chocolate burns easily.) Stir well to mix.
- Ice cakes with orange icing and swirl the chocolate on top.