Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicious and very indulgent. They are fabulous as a dessert cupcake or even for a nice afternoon tea.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 ½ C Flour
¾ C Cocoa
¼ t Baking Soda
2 t Baking Powder
¼ t Salt
¼ C Butter (softened)
1 C Sugar
½ C Brown Sugar
2 Eggs (room temperature)
1 t Vanilla Extract
1 T Orange Zest
1 C Milk

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two muffin trays with cupcake cases.
  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add vanilla and orange zest.
  • Alternating in three additions, beat in the sifted dry ingredients and milk at a low speed, starting and ending with the flour.
  • Fill muffin tins about half or three quarters full and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on wire rack before icing.

Orange Cream Cheese Icing
250g Cream Cheese (softened)
60g Butter (softened)
1 T Orange Zest
3 T Orange Juice
3-4 C Icing Sugar

  • In a large bow, beat together cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  • Add orange zest and orange juice and mix.
  • Sift icing sugar into a large bowl and add to butter mixture one cup at a time.
  • Mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Add colouring if desired and pipe onto cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!

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