Cranberry and Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

I can't say that I bake with fruit very often, but when it comes to this time of year, cranberries always seems like such a lovely festive addition to any recipe. These cupcakes are so lovely and moist and the combination of cranberries, chocolate and orange is simply amazing. I feel like these are perfect when snuggled up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and a Christmas film on the TV. The only problem is that they are so good, you can't stop after one cupcake...

For the cupcakes you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 1/2 cups cranberries, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

For the frosting you will need:
3/4 cup softened butter
3 - 4 cups icing sugar 
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon red food coloring 

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, so you will need to line two of your muffin tins with cupcake cases. I used some plain red, as well as red and white patterned cases for a festive spirit.   

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. 
Now in the large mixing bowl beat the sugar and oil together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
Then add the orange zest.
In a liquid measuring cup, combine the milk and the orange extract. 
Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the oil mixture and beat until combined. 
Follow that with 1/2 of the milk mixture. Mix well.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and milk to your oil mixture.  Mix well.
Fold the cranberries and chocolate chips into the batter.
Fill the prepared cases 2/3 full. 
Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting:
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. 
Add in the icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until completely combined. 
Beat in the orange zest and red food coloring to half of the mixture. 
Mine ended up more pink than red, soz.

To assemble:
Using a large star piping nozzle, pipe in a circular motion. I did a combination of both white and red icing... or pink :( 

If you give these cupcakes a try,  please do let me know on twitter (@ItsChantellC)  I would love to see them.

Lots of Love 






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