Chocolate and orange mini cakes

muffins 

It’s odds-on that the tray was indeed full when it went into the oven, but who’s the most likely culprit? Here’s a tip: in the cartoon kitchen it’s evens Salmon, but the smart money’s on Fidget…

Chocolate and orange mini cakes

mini muffins

Anyway, this is a good way to make mini portions of cake, suitable for events such as picnics – ideal, in fact, for sunny summer days in the park.

You will need 225g butter (softened), 225g granulated sugar, 4 eggs, 225g self-raising flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, the zest of two oranges.

Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at the time and incorporate, then add the flour and mix well. At this point divide the batter into two batches: to one add the cocoa powder, to the other add the orange zest.

Use a 24-place tin (for mini muffins or fairy cakes) and line with paper cups. Into each cup put two spoonfuls of the mixture, one chocolate and one orange. Swirl with a palette knife to create the marble effect.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°/gas 4 for 25–30min. They are ready when they pass the toothpick test.

Interestingly, Trota failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt who had fingered the missing cupcake; Salmon and Fidget had barely plausible alibis, so both are grounded until further notice. A little harsh, perhaps…and we may not have heard the last of this.