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.
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!
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.
The Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe yields buttery soft orange cupcakes with rich chocolate buttercream to compliment them.
- 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
- 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
Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 . Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, mix yogurt with sugar until sugar dissolves.
Mix in baking soda and baking powder. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes.
Add the orange essence and softened butter. Beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Sift the flour in the butter mixture. Fold until a homogenous batter forms. Mix in the orange zest.
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.
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
In a large bowl, beat the butter with a wire wisk until it is smooth.
Sift the icing sugar, salt and cocoa powder into the bowl and mix until well combined.
Add the milk and vanilla essence and beat the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until well combined and smooth.
Refrigerate the frosting until the cupcakes are ready to frost.
Spoon or pipe the buttercream over the cooled cupcakes and garnish with crushed orange candy melts.
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!