Okay, 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl stir together cocoa and hot water until it dissolves.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Grate zest from orange into bowl.
- Whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined in separate bowl.
- Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla, then dissolved cocoa.
- Whisk in melted butter, then dry ingredients.
- Divide batter among lined muffin cups.
- 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.
- 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