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
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
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.