Someone in work *cough may have been me* decided that it would be fun to have a Christmas tea party, where we all bring in some food to share. Great idea!
So what does one bring to a Christmas tea party?
Chocolate orange cupcakes to be precise.
Snow nearly stopped this in it’s tracks, as we couldn’t go get ingredients at the weekend, but luckily I was able to improvise with what was already in the cupboard.
Once again I used Hummingbird Bakery as my base recipe- everyone who has tried one of these cupcakes agrees that the lightness and softness of the sponge is special. Adding a little orange zest to the basic recipe created an amazing aroma of orange just as you bite into the cupcake. Bournville cocoa in the buttercream icing made a subtly sweet chocolately indulgence.
Decorated with come christmassy sprinkles, placed in box, and I crossed my fingers that they wouldn’t get squashed on the bus journey to work! (They didn’t)
And the tea party? A picnic of lovely food with some lovely work friends, all finished off with a christmas cupcake. Yummy!
Ho ho ho