Heritage Day is the next South African holiday we have to look forward to. And to help me celebrate, the lovely people from Amarula sent me a bottle of deliciousness to bake with. How awesome is that?! So, since cupcakes are what I do best, I decided to make amarula, orange and white chocolate cupcakes. I just thought that flavour combination is such a winner for our South African winter. And I think they would be perfect for a Heritage Day celebration – be it a picnic, braai, or just a dinner with friends.
Here is my recipe. Oh, and it can be doubled/tripled/whatever.
Amarula and Orange Cupcakes (makes 12)
- 1 cup sugar
- 115g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup Amarula
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- a pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Set aside a 12-cup cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until it smooth.
- Add the sugar gradually and beat until the mixture is fluffy and white.
- Add the eggs and orange extract, and mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder) in two parts, with the milk and Amarula inbetween.
- Now you can spoon your batter into the cupcake liners. They should be about three-quarters full.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Amarula and White Chocolate Buttercream
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 115g unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup Amarula
- 80g white chocolate
- additional milk
- Melt the chocolate, either in a saucepan on low heat or in the microwave.
- Cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
- With the mixer on low speed, add 2 cups of icing sugar and the Amarula. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the white chocolate, and then the remaining 2 cups of icing sugar. Mix until smooth and fluffy. (If the icing is not creamy enough, you can add some more milk until the texture is just right.)
Ice your cupcakes using either a piping bag and nozzle, or simply with an icing palette knife. Garnish with white Maltesers, orange zest, or any other pretty decorations you can think of.
I hope you enjoy these! What are you going to bake for Heritage Day?