orange zest cupcakes with chocolate frosting

For move-in day, I made orange zest cupcakes with chocolate frosting for all of the girls on the hall. The orange zest adds such nice, subtle flavoring to regular yellow/vanilla cupcakes.

I got the cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart, and the frosting recipe from All Recipes, & I’ll share them both below.

Orange Zest Cupcakes:
*makes 24 cupcakes

– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 4 large eggs
– Finely grated zest of 1 orange {mine was courtesy of Hicks cafeteria}
– 1 cup milk

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar, and beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs to the large bowl one at a time, mixing well after each addition, and then add the orange zest. Add half of the flour mixture to the large bowl, and beat until combined. Add the milk, and mix again. Finally add the rest of the flour mixture, and beat until combined.

Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners, and place 1/4 cup of batter into each cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through to ensure that the cupcakes bake evenly. (The original recipe recommended baking them for 18-20 minutes, but I found that it took a few minutes more in my oven.) You’ll know the cupcakes are ready once the tops are golden, and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one comes out clean. After I took the cupcakes out, I let them cool in the pans for 5 minutes, and then I transferred them to a wire rack to let them cool completely. While the cupcakes cooled, I made the frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

– 2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
– 6 tablespoons butter
– 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

This one is so easy! In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and cocoa. In a large bowl, cream the butter until it is smooth, and then gradually add in the sugar mixture and the evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy. I found that it made more frosting than I needed, so next time I will probably halve the recipe and hope that will be enough to frost two dozen cupcakes.

1 comment
  1. Lucky girls! They look absolutely amazing. Orange and chocolate really is one of the best combinations out there! Thanks!

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