Friday, February 20, 2009

Dark Chocolate & Orange Cupcakes

My idea behind these cupcakes was those chocolate oranges you see in stores especially around Christmas.
Dark Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
I went with dark chocolate because I figured its flavor would stand up better to that of the orange. I was right this flavor combination was just right without either overpowering the other. I was originally going to do a chocolate frosting when it was suggested in Twitter that I do orange & then someone else suggested cream cheese, so I went with orange cream cheese. I think that was a good choice otherwise the chocolate flavor might have been too much. Plus I like that tanginess the cream cheese adds.
Dark Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
I used a little food coloring to dye part of the frosting orange for a decoration.

Dark Chocolate & Orange Cupcakes

4 T unsalted butter
2 T unsweetened dark cocoa (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
3 T water
1/2 t orange extract
1/2 c sugar
2 T buttermilk or yogurt
2 T beaten egg
1/8 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 5-6 muffin tins.

In a small saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the cocoa until smooth. Whisk in water. Remove from heat & whisk in the orange extract, sugar, buttermilk & egg. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Its ok if the batter is a little lumpy.

Fill the muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full depending on how big you want your cupcakes (I did mine 3/4 full & they were very rounded on top.)

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes 5 - 6 cupcakes.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

4 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 t orange extract
zest from one small orange
3/4 - 1 c powdered sugar

Beat the butter & cream cheese together until fluffy. Beat in the orange extract & zest. Beat in sugar 1/4 c at a time until you get the desired consistency.

Makes enough to frost 6 - 8 cupcakes


Jen said...

Yum! I used to hate chocolate with other flavors (like mint or citrus) but now I love it. I'm going to be making cupcakes for a friends wedding this summer and these definitley go on the list of potential flavors.

Dawn said...

If you can believe it I have yet to make orange/chocolate cake or cupcakes. I love this frosting though, so thick!

toontz said...

Oh, I can't wait to try these, they sound delicious! I love orange and chocolate together!

Stacey Snacks said...

weird that I made Hershey's cupcakes for today's post.
You are the cupcake queen, I am more of a muffin queen.

Elle said...

They turned out great--they look sooo good! Chocolate and orange is one of my all time favorite flavor combos. Good call on the cream cheese, too!

Lori said...

I love chocolate/orange combo. These sound so great. A perfect Easter treat. I'll have to try them.

kristin said...

These look great! I became a big fan of chocolate and orange while pregnant with austin!

mikky said...

wow!!! awesome... :)

Happy cook said...

A delicious combo chocolate and orange.
In your recipe it is writen 2T butter milk is that correct.
What is T?

kat said...

Happy Cook - "T" is tablespoon, "t" is teaspoon

Elra said...

Very clever!
You'll never go wrong with chocolate and orange.
Look delish Kat!

Kasey said...

In a word: wow. I wonder if you could get an even more intense flavor using fresh orange juice and zest.

kat said...

Kasey - I was worried orange juice wouldn't give as strong a flavor as the extract does. But if you do try it I'd replace with water in the recipe with OJ.

Beth said...

Choc orange is my all time favourite

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Oh wow, Kat, those look so great! My mom would love these! She is a big dark choc/orange fan!

Lori said...

Great idea for great flavors. I could easily eat one of these. I have been having orange flavored coffee almost every morning- it would go so well.

cia007girl said...

It must be true - great minds think alike. I just posted a recipe for Orange Chocolate Cupcakes with Grand Marnier Cream Cheese Frosting - and out frosting looks exactly the same. Delicious.

Grace said...

how can it be that i've never feasted upon the combination of chocolate and orange? i guess i have a new task. :)

Sara said...

Your cupcake looks delicious and I especially like the orange frosting.

Chocolate and orange are a great flavor combo and I always love cream cheese.

Ann said...

I just discovered your blog and as soon as I saw the recipe for these dark chocolate orange cupcakes that I had to give them a try. I made a batch over the weekend and brought them in to my coworkers who raved over them! Thanks for the recipes--I'm now off to decide which one to try next!

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