Chocolate Orange Cupcakes {Easy & Indulgent}

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes {Easy & Indulgent}

Fluffy. Moist. Decadent. My favourite Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are made with a delicious chocolate cupcake base and topped with the most indulgent, whipped chocolate orange ganache!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes unwrapped with a bite out of one

Chocolate and citrus are the quintessential flavours of winter baking! These rich chocolate cupcakes are bursting with orange flavour and are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings!!

Chocolate Orange Cupcake sitting on top of an orange

To make these Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, you will need:

Cupcakes:

ingredients for chocolate cupcakes
  • Flour (All-purpose)
  • Cocoa (unsweetened)
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Oil (canola or other unflavoured oil)
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Baking essentials: Baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder*(to enhance the flavour of chocolate!), vanilla extract, salt.

Frosting (Whipped chocolate orange ganache):

ingredients for chocolate orange whipped ganache frosting
  • Chocolate (roughly chopped, milk chocolate)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Extracts: natural orange extract, vanilla extract
  • Salt

Let’s make my easy and delicious Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes  with fresh oranges

Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350F (325F convection oven). Line cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, espresso powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift cocoa powder into flour mixture.

dry ingredients for chocolate cupcakes
dry ingredients for chocolate cupcakes

To the flour mixture, directly add room temperature egg, vegetable oil, vanilla, and milk. Mix until well incorporated and mixture becomes a thick, glossy, dark brown paste.

dry and wet ingredients for chocolate cupcakes
mixed chocolate cupcake batter

Add boiling water to the mixture. Gently stir the mixture until it transitions from a paste to a thin liquid consistency. 

chocolate cupcake batter

Pour ~ ¼ cup of batter into each cupcake liner (filling cupcakes until 3/4 filled). Bake cupcakes for ~22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  

chocolate cupcake batter in cupcake liners
baked chocolate cupcakes

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the baking pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once completely cooled, it’s time to frost and decorate!

Chocolate Orange Whipped Chocolate Ganache

In a medium bowl, combine chopped chocolate and boiling hot cream. Let mixture sit for ~3 min. Slowly stir until mixture turns into a smooth, homogenous, chocolate mixture. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

cream and chocolate in a bowl
mixing chocolate and hot cream
mixed cream and chocolate

Once cool, add orange extract, vanilla, and salt.

orange extracted being added to chocolate mixture

Whip ganache using an electric mixture on low speed, adding butter one cube at a time until all butter has been incorporated.

Increase electric mixer speed to high and continue whipping until mixture is fluffy and holds its shape (~4 min)

hand mixer whipping chocolate ganache
whipped chocolate orange ganache in a bowl

Decorate cupcakes with a generous portion of frosting, sprinkles (as desired), and enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Cupcake with an orange slice leaning against it
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with a bite out of it

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes {Easy & Indulgent}

Fluffy. Moist. Decadent. My favourite Chocolate Orange Cupcakes are made with a delicious chocolate cupcake base and topped with the most indulgent, whipped chocolate orange ganache!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup (120g) Flour All-purpose
  • 1 cup (200g) Sugar Granulated
  • 1/3 cup (25g) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder Dutch processed/Superior Red
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Espresso Powder
  • 1 Egg large
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Milk  of your choice!
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Canola Oil  or other light vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Hot Water (Boiling)

Chocolate Orange Whipped Ganache Frosting

  • 1.5 cup (215g) Milk Chocolate roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup (115g) Unsalted Butter softened, cubed
  • 1.5 tsp Natural Orange Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions
 

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350F (325F convection oven). Line cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, espresso powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift cocoa powder into flour mixture.
  • To the flour mixture, directly add room temperature egg, vegetable oil, vanilla, and milk. Mix until well incorporated and mixture becomes a thick, glossy, dark brown paste.
  • Add boiling water to the mixture. Gently stir the mixture until it transitions from a paste to a thin liquid consistency. 
  • Pour ~ ¼ cup of batter into each cupcake liner (filling cupcakes until 3/4 filled). Bake cupcakes for ~22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the baking pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once completely cooled, it's time to frost and decorate!

Chocolate Orange Whipped Chocolate Ganache

  • In a medium bowl, combine chopped chocolate and boiling hot cream. Let mixture sit for ~3 min. Slowly stir until mixture turns into a smooth, homogenous, chocolate mixture. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Once cool, add orange extract, vanilla, and salt.
  • Whip ganache using an electric mixture on low speed, adding butter one cube at a time until all butter has been incorporated.
  • Increase electric mixer speed to high and continue whipping until mixture is fluffy and holds its shape (~4 min)
  • Decorate cupcakes with a generous portion of frosting, sprinkles (as desired), and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Sofia’s Tips:
  • This cake batter will be very thin after you add the hot water – don’t panic! This is the way it is supposed to be. Just go slow while mixing to ensure that you are able to get an even batter without the huge mess!
  • For more detailed instructions see my Easy Chocolate Cupcakes recipe!
  • These cupcakes can last ~5 hours at room temperature 
  • For maximal freshness, store them in airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to serving (to soften the frosting) and enjoy! 
 
Have you tried this recipe!? I would love to know what you think! Leave a comment below! 🙂
Keyword chocolate, chocolate ganache, chocolate orange, cupckaes, decadent, home baking, moist, winter desserts
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