Last week to celebrate my beloved blog’s third birthday, I make some scrummy chocolate orange cupcakes to share around the office (needless to say, they’re all gone now).
- Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3, and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together, pour the mixture into a food processor, and pulse together with the butter until combined.
- Whisk the melted dark chocolate, egg and milk together in a jug, and stir into the flour mixture until just combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, until risen and golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- While cooling, mix the orange juice and granulated sugar together in a bowl. Carefully pour the orange juice mixture over the warm cakes, then set aside to cool completely.
- For the buttercream, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Carefully stir in the icing sugar and continue to beat for five minutes. Gradually beat in the milk, melted white chocolate and orange sest.
- Decorate the cupcakes with the buttercream, and sprinkle orange chocolate shavings over the top. Yum!
I made these cupcakes with the help of a 207 piece cupcake decorating set, as part of a deal available on Groupon, reduced from just under £40 to just £20! It’s a baker’s dream really, full of everything and anything you could need, equipment-wise, to make your cakes look as delicious as they taste. Groupon got in touch with me to see if I’d like to review one of their deals a few months ago, and in my experience, I have definitely learned what sort of scenario works best with vouchers and what can make the process less straightforward.
The concept itself is simple. You find a deal online you like the look of, purchase a voucher for the deal before the time runs out, then receive an e-voucher to redeem it. My first experience of Groupon wasn't so good. A voucher for a cut and conditioning treatment at a salon in Nottingham turned out to be a frustrating few months, not being able to redeem the voucher because they were "too busy" and there had been "lots of vouchers to redeem". When I was nearing the voucher expiry date, I informed Groupon customer services I wasn’t happy with the voucher (who wants to have their beloved mane trimmed by someone who doesn’t sound like they care?) and was refunded. Brilliant customer service, I should add!
Instead, I chose a straightforward purchase of an item, this WONDERFUL cake decorating set, and cannot be happier. I am going to get so much use out of this set, and considering it was a whopping 50% off it really was a bargain to make the most of.
What I would advise is – with buying gifts from Groupon online, you know where you stand. I will be very reluctant to purchase an “experience” with a voucher anywhere again after one unfortunate bad experience, but ultimately my new cupcake kit was completely worth the wait.
Have you guys tried Groupon vouchers before? What yummy cakes have you made lately?