Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with a side of Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies

I am just getting the hang of Twitter. I see some of you out there posting or "tweeting" all the time. How do you have the time? I just updated to a new smart phone and I still have not become an accomplished texter. It takes me way to long to post a single sentence.  Maybe my thumbs don't work correctly or maybe I could just employ my children to do all my texting for me as they seem much more adept at it than I am. 

I did tweet yesterday. And sweet Sommer from A Mama With Flavor answered my tweet. Ahh the wonders of technology. I send out a call and half way around the globe, someone answers it... within seconds. I was debating on my next post. I was caught between Chocolate Orange Cupcakes or Chocolate Marshmallow Almond Brownies. Sommer responded with a "why not both?" And so my Double Header baking Sunday was born. I never bake twice, let alone back to back. But my oven was hot and I have chocolate coming out of my ears.... so I melted some into submission and was left with these delicious goodies. Thanks Sommer for the tweet!

The Daily Mail posts some knockout recipes. Of course I have to get out my scale, do some conversions and weigh out all the ingredients, but no matter as the results are usually kick ass. That is where I found these great chocolate recipes from their Choc and Awe! Series.  Marshmallow are amazing in brownies.... who knew? And personally the chocolate orange thing has to be my favorite flavor combo ever. Enjoy! Keep your oven hot, make these back to back. In less than two hours you will have filled your house with the smell of brownies and have amazing treats for the hungry masses.

Chocolate Orange Marmelade Cupcakes -recipe from The Daily Mail

● 80g (3oz) butter
● 100g (3½oz) plain dark chocolate, broken into cubes
● 125g (4½oz) light brown soft sugar
● 3 eggs
● 80g (3oz) plain flour, sifted
● ½tsp baking powder
● 50g (1¾oz) orange marmalade
● Finely grated zest from 2 scrubbed oranges
● 100g (3½oz) orange-flavoured dark chocolate cut into 1cm (½in) pieces
● 200g (7oz) cream cheese, drained
● 250g (9oz) icing sugar, sifted
● 1tbsp fresh orange juice
● Chocolate sprinkles to decorate ( I used natural orange decorating sugar)
1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. (350°F) Line a muffin tin with deep cupcake cases.
2 Melt the butter and plain chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water – don’t let the base touch the water – and stir well.
3 Whisk together the sugar and eggs until mousse-like. Sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold in with the melted chocolate and butter. Stir in the marmalade, zest and orange chocolate. Spoon into the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.
4 Cool. Mix together the cream cheese and icing sugar then add the orange juice. Chill for at least 1 hour.  Ice with a knife and decorate with the sprinkles.

Chocolate Marshmallow Almond Brownies - recipe from The Daily Mail

● 200g (7oz) plain 70% dark chocolate
● 200g (7oz) salted butter, cubed
● 90g (3¼oz) self-raising flour
● ¼tsp baking powder
● ¼tsp salt
● 5 eggs
● 200g (7oz) golden caster sugar
● 175g (6oz) marshmallows, cut in half
● 75g (2¾oz) flaked almonds, roughly crushed
● Icing sugar to dust
1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Fully line a 30cm x 20cm x 5cm (12in x 8in x 2in) loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment.
2 Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water – ensuring that the base of the bowl does not touch the water for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir until completely melted. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until thick and mousse-like.
3 Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and then sift again over the egg and sugar mixture. Pour in the melted chocolate and butter mixture and fold gently together. Fold in the marshmallows and the flaked almonds, spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes until just firm on top.
4 Dust with icing sugar, transfer the tin to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes, then cut into equal squares.

Loads of foodie love, happy tweeting! - Megan @foodalution


  1. Um. Yes. I will take one. Two. Shucks, just make it a dozen, please!

  2. I'm not a chocolate fan but when matched with orange i think it's a match made in heaven.

  3. Absolutely yummy! I am a huge chocolate fan. Thanks so much for posting.

  4. Your cupcakes are wonderful. Chocolate and orange are my husband's fave, so I must make these for him soon. Thank you for your double header Sunday, with the Marshmallow Brownies, too.

  5. OMG my jaw has literally dropped!! They look incredible! I am happy to be semi-responsible for double header Sundays!! And am definitely trying these recipes, my little ones LOVE marshmallow!

  6. I love you picture, and your cupcake look soo good!

  7. Ehehehe...why not both....awesome approach to baking. Both treats look fantastic. I am loving the crackle top on the brownies.

  8. I can see why you had trouble deciding which to make- they both look delicious! Chocolate and orange are hubby's favorite flavors. He'd absolutely love those cupcakes. :)

  9. Marshmallow is not really my thing, but even I can't resist this...

  10. I think I'm in cupcake heaven. Or is it brownie heaven? I love chocolate with orange - oh who am I kidding? I love chocolate with everything. And brownies. And the marshmallow looks so cloud-like...Wishing I lived closer. I mean - you couldn't possibly eat all of that.

  11. I love both of them! They look irresistible.

  12. Oh I have to make those brownies .... they look devine.

    Well done on the tweeting/twittering - way beyond me!!!!!

  13. I'm in chocolate heaven, I'm glad you made both of these wonderful recipes- they look beautiful to me;-)

  14. Oh, my. Now I need to bake!

  15. Those brownies look seriously delicious and probably addictive as well. They contain my favourite ingredients! And it looks so moist and dense! Perfect!!

  16. I love the marshmallow topping. It sounds really delish. Btw, I don't tweet and don't have time for that either. I came acrossed that more than hundred thousands of facebook members are withdrawing from fb lately. What's going on?

  17. I love the cupcake recipe - what a great idea to use marmalade. I'm also going to use jelly orange sweets to decorate mine :)
    Thank you for posting this! The brownie recipe looks gorgeous too.


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