Captain’s Chocolate Muffins

 

50 ml extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 can mandarin oranges

100 g caster sugar

100 g soft dark sugar

4 large free-range eggs

200 g ordinary flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

400 ml milk

 

FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING

100 g butter

100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) , broken up

100 g icing sugar

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350ºF/gas 4

Add 4 tablespoons of boiling water to the cocoa powder and mix with the back of a spoon until smooth.

 

Grate the zest of 2 of the oranges.

 

Dry mix  the flour, baking powder

 

Add the milk, cocoa mixture, eggs, the orange zest, and mix well.

 

Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

 

To check the cakes are cooked, stick a skewer into the middle of one and leave it for 5 seconds. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

 

Allow them to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tins and place on a cooling rack.