Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

It had been been a long time since i made something choclatey and i decided to make chocolate cupcakes. While making the cupcakes i substituted orange juice for milk and added some orange zest. The result were these spongy and delicious Chocolate Orange cupcakes. I frosted the cupcakes with some chocolate buttercream.

Ingredients:

For Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp orange zest


For chocolate Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 tbsp of whipping cream(more if needed)

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Farenheit. Line the muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Sift together cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder, set aside.
  • Beat the eggs, sugar and oil untill the sugar is well blended. Now beat in orange juice, vanilla extract and orange zest untill well combined.
  • Gradually beat in the dry ingredients untill the batter is evenly mixed.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full with batter.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or untill a toothpick inserted at center comes out clean.
  • Transfer the cupcakes to wire racks and cool completely.

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • Beat butter on high speed untill soft.
  • Add cocoa powder and half the sugar and beat untill blended well.
  • Now add the remaining sugar along with 1 tbsp of cream and beat untill well blended.
  • Add the remaining cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes. (Note: You can make the consistency of the butercream more stiff or thin by adjusting the amount of cream. You can even ad some orange zest to the buttercream)

Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream. This recipe makes about 16 cupcakes.

28 comments:

Laavanya said...

The cupcakes look irresistible and that pretty icing flower on top is so cute.

Pavithra said...

dark chocolate and orange together is my husband's favorite flavor. Sounds yummy! I should probably try this out sometime...

Neatly done flower icing too...

P.S. Love the polka dot sheet on which you have placed the cup cake. I know thats not what i need to be paying attention to....but couldnt resist I love polka dots :)

Happy cook said...

Oh I want to have them. They are delicious.
And i just had chocolate two days back.
Love the pink rose on top of the cake too.

Dhivya said...

wow!those are amazing!great job sandhya

Kalai said...

Chocolate and orange are such a wonderful combo! Cupcakes look irresistible! :)

Purnima said...

Sandhya, thats a visual treat! How did you make the rose? Wd u like to share how the rose was made? The cup cake wt chocolate frosting is absolutely spectacular!

Mansi Desai said...

wow sandhya, that looks really nice, and its one of my favorite combinations too:) Did you make the rose yourself?? man, the day I can make something like that I'm gonna celebrate big time:)

Pooja said...

That looks so nice with rose on top of it.
its wonderful Shandhya :)

Hima said...

They are looking wonderful.

Uma said...

simply superb!

sowmya said...

lovely cake as usual sandhya...the rose is very pretty...

Seema said...

Thats one delicious cake & i love it!! Anything Chocolaty, welcome with me!!

easycrafts said...

Loved the flower on the cake..

kamala said...

Looking delicious.I like the flower in the top

remya said...

wat a lovely treat dear...muffin looks so moist...love that rose on top...cute

sandhya said...

Thanks lavanya, happycook, divya, kalai.

Pavithra, Thanks for your comments. Do try this out and let me know. Even i love polka dots. i love to do these dots on cakes since they are so simple and easy.


Purnima, i made the rose using fondant. i learnt it at the wilton cake decorating class. You can visit their website wilton.com . You can even find some videos in youtube which tells you how to make fondant roses.

Thanks Mansi, even i love this combo.

Pooja,hima,uma,soumya, seema, easycrafts, kamala, remya - Thanks for leaving your comments.

Cham said...

So sweet Dear :) The icing rose really kicks the shot :) Happy Holy Sandya

Sagari said...

cake looks so moist inside ,yummmmyy frosting too

Annu said...

Wow nice cake dear.......

Cynthia said...

Is that cake in the first pic for me? :)

TBC said...

I love the chocolate-orange combination.
The first pic is lovely.

Namratha said...

Oh that;s such a pretty cupcake Sandhya, very nice!! Loved the rose on top :)

Alpa said...

what a killer combo - this is one of my favorites! love the easy recipe and beautiful snap!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Perfect cup cake with a perfect rose on it....

Gigi said...

The cupcake is absolutely beautiful! I love the rose on top. Perfection.

Pravs said...

Cup cake is very eye catching with that pretty rose on top. Tempting to eat too :)

Sia said...

orange+chocolates, nothing can go wrong with that combination:) looks very fluffy and delicious...

Rosie said...

What stunning cupcakes and chocolate with a pretty rose just perfection in every way!!!

Rosie x