Orange Chocolate Cupcakes

This whole past week I had been having a citrus craving. I don't know why, but I just wanted everything orange and lemon. When I got to making the grocery list for the ingredients of the week, I noticed that the next recipe in 125 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson was an orange cupcake! To be specific, the recipe was for Orange Chocolate Cupcakes. I was so excited that I flew to the local grocery store, and bought the ingredients incredibly fast. I rushed home, then made these. They were amazing! They were incredibly moist, and very flavorful. The chocolate chips complemented the orange flavor very well. I paired these with the Orange Cream Cheese Icing, and that made them even better. Trust me, you'll really love these.

I first mixed the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

In another bowl, I mixed the sugar and butter.

I mixed in the egg, orange zest, and orange oil.

I blended in the milk and flour mixture.

The batter was alot more liquidy than other batters I've made.

I then folded in the chocolate chips.

The batter gave out exactly 12 cupcakes.

I cooled them off completely, and was amazed at the light weight of the cupcakes. They felt incredibly light.

I tried something different in these pictures. I wanted to introduce a new element =)

Everything paired really nicely, and nothing was overpowering. The chocolate blended very well with the orange flavors. The orange flavors were brought out very well in both the batter and the frosting. The orange zest also added nice color and specks to both elements, which added to the prettiness.

This recipe included one variation. I tried it, and didn't notice any difference between the variation and the original:
You can substitute orange extract for the orange oil in this recipe (although they are not always interchangeable).

Orange Chocolate Cupcakes
*makes 12 cupcakes*

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 tbsp grated orange zest
1/4 tsp orange oil
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1) Preheat oven to 350F.
2) Line muffin pan with paper liners.
3) In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
4) In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add egg, beating well. Mix in orange zest and orange oil. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of milk, beating until smooth.
5) Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting.

Orange Cream Cheese Icing
*makes enough to frost 16 or more cupcakes*

4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
pinch salt
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
2 tsp grated orange zest
2 tsp orange-flavored liqueur

1) In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, and salt until creamy. With mixer on low speed, beat in confectioner's sugar, 1/2 cup at a time so that the sugar doesn't fly all over the place. Increase speed to medium-high, beating until light and fluffy. Add orange zest and liqueur, beating until mixed.
2) This frosting is on the soft side, so before frosting cupcakes, refrigerate it for 30 to 60 minutes to firm it up. Spread frosting over cooled cupcakes and refrigerate until ready to serve or for up to 1 day.

Recipes from 125 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson


  1. I was just searching for an orange and chocoalte recipe. these look delicious :)

  2. Yum, I love chocolate and orange together, especially when its dark chocolate, so I would put in dark chocolate chips instead! Great photos!

  3. i can just imagine the lightness of the cake. Sounds terrific. Maybe I'll give this a go. thanks for sharing!

  4. Your cupcakes look great, chocolate and orange are a great combination.

  5. Snooky doodle: You should really try this recipe! It matches really well =)

    apparentlyjessy: That sounds like a good variation! I should definitely try it!

    SiHaN: You should really try it out! It's incredibly light and yummy!

    Sara: I agree =)

    Gigi: Thanks!!

  6. Yummy! Chocolate and orange, the perfect combination!

  7. Mary said.....
    I used this recipe for the cupcakes for my son's wedding cake. They were a very big hit. Found the cupcake book in the library and my daughter-in-law picked this one out. When I saw it on your website I was pleasantly surprised! Icing I used was a plain cooked cream icing, but have also put on an orange glaze, or just plain is still wonderful.