Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate and orange are a natural together. This is a really easy recipe that will wow your guests.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
12 cupcakes



  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted

  • 1 egg

  • 1 orange, juiced

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

  • 9 ounces confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk, or more as needed

  • 2 ounces white chocolate, melted

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 4 ounces orange-flavored chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  2. Mix flour, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and baking powder together in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until combined.

  3. Whisk milk, melted dark chocolate, and egg together in a measuring cup. Stir chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Heat orange juice and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar together over low heat until sugar has dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully spoon orange juice mixture over warm cupcakes and set aside to cool completely, 15 to 30 minutes more.

  6. Beat 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Carefully stir in confectioners' sugar and continue to beat for 5 minutes. Beat in milk, melted white chocolate, and orange zest.

  7. Decorate cooled cupcakes with icing.

  8. Cut orange-flavored chocolate into shavings using a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler and use to decorate cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
18g Fat
55g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 104mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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