Baking with Stork – Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

#unileverkitchen Chocolate & Orange Cupcake

On Monday I along with eleven other bloggers spent most of the day in the Unilever Kitchen.

First thing was we had the opportunity to learn some interesting facts about tea; this session was presented by the lovely Jane Pettigrew. Afterwards we met Marco Pierre White who shared with us his hints and tips on cooking (I will write about this part at a later date). And finally we did some baking with Sue Batty, a Stork expert baker.

The whole day was fantastic but the baking part was the most fun, just simply because it was free form baking. We were all supposed to bake cupcakes but specifically their flavourings and decorations were totally up to us.

We were provided with some recipe sheets but I don’t think anyone used them; everyone was just running wild with their flavour combinations and choices of icing.

#unileverkitchen Baking with Sue Batty

I believe all the cupcakes were based on this basic recipe, which will make 12.

  • 115g Stork tub
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs; medium size

The rest is up to you 🙂

I decided on chocolate and orange cupcakes but as I have never used orange blossom water before I erred on the side of caution and so didn’t put enough in my mix so my cupcakes ended up being chocolate with only a slight hint of orange.

I had to change the basic recipe as stated above to be suitable for my creation. I’ve used:

  • 115g Stork tub
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs; medium size
  • 2tbs of good quality cocoa powder
  • 50g of crushed dark chocolate
  • 5ml of orange blossom water

+ Decorations

  • 50g of melted dark chocolate and 50g of melted milk chocolate

To make this recipe work even better Sue suggested some small changes – add 1/2tsp of baking powder, this will help with the raising as the cocoa powder makes them quite heavy and then add an additional 5ml of orange blossom water, to achieve a more orangey flavour. The zest of an orange added to the mix would have also elevated them to the next level.

Method:

Place all cupcake ingredients except for the crushed chocolate into a mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is just combined. Add the crushed chocolate and spoon the finished mixture into 12 paper muffin cases.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes or until soft and firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Melt 100g of chocolate and slowly pour over your cupcakes.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy… as they say.

And if you are wondering what the other bloggers baked here is a selection of some of their lovely cupcakes baked on the day.

Lime & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes baked by Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins

Lime & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes baked by Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins

Turkish Delight & White Chocolate Cupcake baked by Rose from Freycob

Turkish Delight & White Chocolate Cupcake baked by Rose from Freycob

Lime & White Chocolate Cupcakes baked by Lucy from Supergolden Bakes

Lime & White Chocolate Cupcakes baked by Lucy from Supergolden Bakes

Oreo & Malteser Cupcakes baked by Amy from She Cooks She Eats

Oreo & Malteser Cupcakes baked by Amy from She Cooks She Eats

Strawberry & Chocolate Chip with Lime Cream cheese Frosting Cupcakes baked by Leyla from Motherhood Diaries

Strawberry & Chocolate Chip with Lime Cream cheese Frosting Cupcakes baked by Leyla from Motherhood Diaries

Still waiting to be claimed

Still waiting to be claimed

Still waiting to be claimed

Still waiting to be claimed

hmm I wonder who baked these ones... :-)

hmm I wonder who baked these ones… 🙂

I didn’t manage to ninja a sample of all cupcakes nor did I manage in the hussle an bussle of the day to take photos of everyone’s creations, so I do apologise if I missed yours.

Also I would like to send a big thank you to Rose @Freycob who investigated which cupcake belongs to which blogger.

Thank you for the great day guys!

It was a pleasure to meet you all!

29 Comments

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29 responses to “Baking with Stork – Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

  1. Thank you for the mention 🙂 it was a great day and lovely to finally meet in real life! Hope to catch up again at another event x

  2. ahh, a fab reminder of a brilliant day. was lovely to meet you x

  3. I’ve never cooked with orange blossom water before, I love cakes and chocolate and orange so I cannot wait to try these. They look fab! 🙂

  4. Fran

    Oh these look so good!!! I’ve never used that diet of flavoring either, I’d like to try though.

  5. Wow, awesome post and great pics. Thanks for the mention. Wish I had more of those delish cupcakes! 🙂

    Great to meet you all as well and let’s arrange to meet up again really soon. xx

  6. They all look so delicious.

  7. Oh my goodness, you are putting me in a baking mood.

  8. Mum mum always baked with stork and I learnt at her side so I do too

  9. What an amazing day – they look fantastic.

  10. Wow, what an amazing selection of cakes, yummy! I remeber stork being popular when I was a kid.

  11. These look amazing! I love how you can make cakes and muffins look even more delicious with cute decorations and colorful papers:)

  12. OH YUMMM! I love chocolate and orange! I want to try on of each like on the tray! 😉

  13. Those all look delicious! My mouth is watering now – my sweet tooth is hard at work! 🙂

  14. Elizabeth O.

    You have me at chocolate. I’ll try making these with a Stork tub in the pantry.

  15. Those cupcakes look good enough to snatch off my computer screen. When is that going to become a thing? Darn you Willy Wonka and your impossible inventions!

  16. Oooh,those look so good! I’m always looking for new stuff to try, so this will definitely be on my list!

  17. so educational love all the varieties and photos

  18. Oh how I love cupcakes and I wish I could have a baking day with friends! I’m gonna play with some of these recipes

  19. nessjibberjabberuk

    My nan always used Stork for baking and I do too. Sounds like a really fun day.

  20. Yes please! They all look amazing and I love cake.

  21. Oh the cakes looked amazing! I actually really like the ones nobody owned up to making/claimed!

  22. looks like a really fun event! i love baking as well, and it’ll be awesome if i can ever participate in such a blogger’s event!
    giglove

  23. What is Stork? We don’t have that in Singapore but it looks like a secret ingredient that gives great result! All those cupcakes look fab!

  24. so many nice cupcakes!

    you should link up with my #foodiefriday

  25. chocolate orange has to be my favourite flavour ever

  26. Oh that looks like a wonderful day. I am going to show this post to my teen daughter who is doing cooking as her options. Thank you

  27. Very nice recipe.Chocolate and orange are very good combination!

  28. mmm they look so good! x

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