Orange Chocolate Cupcake with Orange Honey Glaze

October 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Orange Chocolate Cupcake

Georgia’s birthday is a couple weeks away, and being the cake girl she is, she requested cupcakes. I have been trying out a few recipes, to find one that meets my standards.  Georgia  loves chocolate, and I used dark chocolate,  as well as unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe.  This cupcake is moist and chocolaty, and not overly sweet.

Orange Chocolate Cupcake Batter

Don’t tell anyone, but I am a cake snob. As far as I am concerned the cake part is just as important as the frosting. In fact, if you have been to a toddler birthday party, you would never know, the cake was important at all, as you look at all the leftover decapitated cupcakes on everyone’s plates. Most toddlers think frosting is the star. I agree, frosting is a star.

Orange Chocolate Cupcake in Pan

I am also a frosting person, especially when it comes to a well made frosting. I have never made one before, a perfectly sweet, but balanced frosting that is. When I think about delectable frosting however, Ruby Cakes, our local, gluten free, nut free, vegan bakery comes to mind. I love everything that they bake, don’t get me wrong, but I really really love their frosting. It is the kind of frosting, that you order by the cupful and then eat it slowly in a trance, in your dreams. I know you have all been there.

Orange Chocolate Cupcake in Pan

Since I have not made frosting before, and my girls, aka, my taste testers were already would up, I decided that feeding them sugar would not be in my best interest or theirs. I opted instead to glaze some of these cupcakes with marmalade and honey, and leave some glaze free.

Orange Chocolate Cupcake with Marmalade Glaze

This recipe is inspired by Dishing The Divine’s Insanely Moist and Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes. Please use good quality chocolate and good quality cocoa for this, and every chocolate recipe, you will notice the difference. My next batch will be delicious with a homemade caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Orange Chocolate Cupcake with Orange Honey Glaze
Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Jillian
Serves: 12
  • 1/3 cup local meadowfoam honey
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, heated
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) organic unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large cage free eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp local meadowfoam honey
  • 1 Tbsp orange marmalade
  • fresh squeezed orange juice to thin a bit
  1. Preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners
  3. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl
  4. Put the dark chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl
  5. Heat orange juice
  6. Pour the orange juice over chocolate chips
  7. Whisk until smooth
  8. Whisk in the butter
  9. Whisk in eggs
  10. Whisk in the vanilla
  11. Whisk in plain yogurt
  12. Whisk in the flour and sugar mixture until smooth
  13. Divide the batter equally among the 12 cupcake liners in the pan
  14. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are cracked on top and toothpick clean
  15. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes
  16. Remove lined cupcakes to cooling rack, with a sheet tray under it
  17. Liberally apply glaze with pastry brush

2 Responses so far.

  1. Michele says:

    Oooooh. YUM! Definitely trying these!

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