Thursday, August 5, 2010

Orange You Glad? Chocolate Orange Cupcakes


Dark chocolate is my weakness. Forget milk chocolate or the wretched white chocolate. Only dark for me, please. Rarely do I want anything messing with my dark chocolate. Except for the occasional toasted almond or orange zest.
Okay, I think this may be the third time I've referred to this recipe, but who cares? Good is good. Here it is again. The first installment, I used it as an egg-free option for my tiny-hiney's first birthday, and then for my emergency chocolate craving satisfied through it's moist texture and a rich waterfall of ganache. Craving chocolate yet?

This rif on the the above recipe was born out of, once again, necessity. I didn't have the heavy cream for the ganache and I was out of powdered sugar for the icing. I wanted something to dress up these cupcakes, so I perused the kitchen and there before me was a giant orange that had been setting on my counter for...a while. It ended up being just what the mama ordered.

Your wondering, how did she make the icing then? Well, leftover from Tiny's birthday, was a container of totally allergy-free frosting. Weirdo consistency, kinda runny/sticky. Stretches way out and hangs, BUT it tastes very good. It's great for making old man frosting beards on unsuspecting three year old children.

I added half of the giant orange zest to the cupcake batter and the other half to the frosting. I made supremes out of the orange and placed them on top. It was just a delightful layering of textures! First, juicy bursting orange segment. Followed by sticky, extremely sweet frosting with a punch of orange esscence, then the soft, moist, less sweet crumb of the chocolate cake. They were so good!

So! If you do not have the allergy free frosting, (I apologize for not having the name brand to tell you. I did get it at Super Target- of all places.) I would make a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk or water, vanilla and add the zest. Like you would for a cinnamon roll.

Here's the recipe for chocolate cupcakes...remember it's egg-free and vegan friendly!



15 comments:

  1. Orange and dark chocolate pair together perfectly! I love the added orange segment on the top, really beautiful. ;)

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  2. Looks delicious!! I giggled seeing the orange supremes. I just finished taking a series of pictures for a photo guide on how to supreme an orange, which I'm using tonight for Duck a l'orange crepes! Those cupcakes look fantastic!

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  3. Ohhhhhh chocolate and oranges. That looks so lovely.

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  4. A perfect combination, I agree. (It almost looks like caviar).

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  5. we don't see oranges paired with chocolate often enough, it is a perfect combination of flavors! your cupcakes look delicious!

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  6. Great combo and they look fab, but hey, I like white chocolate:)

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  7. There were these huge orange-flavored chocolate balls sold in stores a long time ago (well, maybe they're still sold somewhere), and that was the first taste of the two together. They are best buds! Great combination for cupcakes.

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  8. Delicious, love orange and chocolate:)

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  9. Dark chocolate and orange is my all-time favorite flavor combo. I have a similar shortbread cookie recipe that I make to rave reviews every time!

    These cupcakes look SO good, and vegan-friendly? Such a nice bonus. I might have to treat the folks in the office to a batch.

    Congrats on a great post!

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  10. How perfect! I love love love orange and chocolate, don't know why I never put 2 and 2 together? ;-) I will def b making these very soon! thx!
    Congrats on Top 9!!!!!
    beautiful pic too.

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  11. thank you all for your sweet comments! I just made them again today...I'm addicted!

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  12. I love dark chocolate and this photo deserves Top 9 recognition! You did a great job with the ingredients that were available!

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  13. Lauren, these cupcakes look wonderful. Mouth watering! I'll have to try them soon! xoxo

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  14. dark chocolate....orange...ohhhhh yeahhhhhh.....maybe a shot of grand marnier just for kicks :) hehe

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