Among my contribution will be these delicious Jaffa Cake style cupcakes. For me they are the perfect desert, the cake is light and fluffy, the chocolate is crisp and the orange center is sweet and tangy. Yum!
Margarine or softened butter (I prefer Stork or Flora)
Self raising flour (sifted)
Zest of 1 orange (plus 1 tablespoon of the juice if you like)
Thick shred marmalade
Your preferred choice of chocolate
Pre-heat your oven to 200°C fan/180°C/gas mark 6
The first part of this recipe is a basic fairy cake/cupcake recipe. Simple yet delicious, so light and fluffy. My grandma taught me this recipe and I've used it for the past 20 years.
Beat the sugar and margarine (or butter) in a bowl until creamy, you can use an electric whisk (which is much easier) but i prefer to beat by hand. Whisk the eggs into the mixture.
Little by little gently fold in the flour using a metal spoon, its important to fold the flour as it keeps the mixture light and airy.
Add the orange zest and a tablespoon of the juice if you like, don't add too much or the mixture will be too wet.
Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases (I like mine bigger so I use muffin cases).
Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the cakes have risen and are golden brown.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
Now for the fun part...
Once cool cut a small circle out of the top, add a teaspoon of thick shred marmalade (you can use thin shred or shredless if preferred) then replace the top.
Melt the chocolate either in the microwave (in short bursts being very careful not to burn it) or using a Bain-Marie.
Spoon the chocolate onto the top of the cakes until they are completely covered. Then place them in the fridge to cool and harden.
As an alternative you can cut the top and add the marmalade while the cakes are still warm and serve with warm melted chocolate, I did this and they were delicious!
If you like this recipe, why not visit my 'Sweet Treats' page for more yummy treats!