Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate and orange are very refreshing together. The freshness and tang of oranges tastes amazing with the richness of chocolate. This Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe is perfect for a light dessert. The Eggless cupcakes are buttery with a delicate crumb. I have used orange zest and a Brazilian orange essence to flavor them. The cupcakes are refreshing on their own, but when paired with the chocolate buttercream, they make for a decadent dessert.

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

 

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

The Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe makes 12 regular sized cupcakes. The smooth fluffy chocolate buttercream is a perfect match for the moist orange cupcake. I have used crushed orange candy melts for the garnish. I love how these cupcakes turned out!

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

I plan to use that orange essence for a couple of my baking experiments soon. The combo of orange and cranberries tempts me next. But chocolate is my first love, hence this Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe will remain my favorite.

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

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Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting
Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

The Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe yields buttery soft orange cupcakes with rich chocolate buttercream to compliment them. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Ingredients
For Orange Cupcakes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange essence I used Ossoro Brazilian orange essence
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
For Chocolate Buttercream
  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped Orange Candy Melts I used Wilton Orange Candy Melts
Instructions
For Orange Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 . Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners.

  2. In a large bowl, mix yogurt with sugar until sugar dissolves.

  3. Mix in baking soda and baking powder. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes.

  4. Add the orange essence and softened butter. Beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.

  5. Sift the flour in the butter mixture. Fold until a homogenous batter forms. Mix in the orange zest.

  6. Fill the cupcake moulds with the batter until 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake center comes out clean.

  7. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

For Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with a wire wisk until it is smooth.

  2. Sift the icing sugar, salt and cocoa powder into the bowl and mix until well combined.

  3. Add the milk and vanilla essence and beat the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until well combined and smooth. 

  4. Refrigerate the frosting until the cupcakes are ready to frost.

  5. Spoon or pipe the buttercream over the cooled cupcakes and garnish with crushed orange candy melts.

Buttery soft eggless orange cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting

The Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe yields a cupcake with a sharp yet subtle orange flavor. The rich velvety chocolate buttercream compliments orange beautifully! If you love cupcakes, try this other popular recipe from the blog- Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes. These make for a perfect summer dessert!

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32 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh – Chocolate and orange – I love this combination! These cupcakes look gorgeous and scrumptious! The recipe looks pretty easy, too! Thanks, Deepika!

    1. Thanks Kathy😘 I wanted some more orange to the pictures! Hence the candy melt garnish!

  2. I love the look of these Deepika! Chocolate and orange is such a tasty combination and that buttercream frosting looks so inviting on top!

  3. Yum! I love that you used Greek yogurt! I’m such a fan of chocolate and orange together! It is such an amazing combination! I would love to try these!!

  4. Wow Deepika, these look amazing! And no eggs? that’s awesome, they look so rich and moist. I love this combo and it sounds so delish in a cupcake. I have orange extract, do you think that can be used in place of the essence? I also love your cute orange candy decorations on top, such a nice contrast with the deep chocolate buttercream. I want to make these soon, and maybe your hot fudge sundae cupcakes for the upcoming summer weather!

  5. MARRY ME!

    This is my favourite combination. And this photography……its next level!!

    1. Nicole!!!! I love you! Thank you for always taking out time and encouraging me! I will bake something with the same combo for you and send with Jyotu soon!

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