chocolate orange cupcakesOkay, the holidays are over, but can we sneak in one little bit of chocolate decadence? How about an orange chocolate cupcake recipe! I love all the oranges and tangerines that come tumbling in at winter. And I swear, I'll be good this year and eat plenty of fresh citrus. But chocolate and orange are one of my favorite wintertime flavor combinations.

We've found a pretty simple chocolate orange cupcakes recipe. It has one of the easiest frostings ever -- you just melt chocolate chips in hot cream. (It's called a ganache.) When you grate in the orange to make orange zest, use the smallest holes on your grater.

Orange Chocolate Cupcakes adapted from Food.com

Makes 12 standard-sized muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 orange
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 3/4 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream  

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl stir together cocoa and hot water until it dissolves.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Grate zest from orange into bowl.
  5. Whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined in separate bowl.
  6. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla, then dissolved cocoa.
  7. Whisk in melted butter, then dry ingredients.
  8. Divide batter among lined muffin cups.
  9. Bake in middle of oven until pale golden and a tester comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Turn cupcakes out onto a rack to cool completely.
  10. Bring cream to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan and add 3/4 cup chips, whisking until smooth. Spread frosting on cupcakes.

 

Image via Kalina813/Flickr of Blondies Cakes