Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

It’s Easter Weekend and in honour of all chocolate bunnies everywhere I’m posting a Chocolate Orange Cupcake recipe. I had an order for chocolate orange cupcakes today and they were so good that I had to make more and share them! I’ve never been a fan of the orange-chocolate combo, but these cupcakes blew my mind: rich, moist chocolate cake made with freshly squeezed orange juice, studded with zest and topped with a simple swipe of chocolate ganache.

The cupcakes are a super simple recipe that can be whipped up for Easter (or anytime) treats. As much as I love and rely on my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, sometimes mixing by hand is so much more satisfying. I found the orange cupcake recipe on Baking Bites; it’s an adaptation of “wacky cake,” a egg and dairy free cocoa-based sponge cake.

No eggs and no dairy can only mean one thing: vegan! I’ve never made vegan cake before so I was a little apprehensive, but the cupcakes were delicious. They formed a nice contrasting crisp top over a tender, soft bottom.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes from Baking Bites

Yields 12

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange zest

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa power, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, vegetable oil, vanilla and orange zest.
4. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
5. Distribute batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

Baking Bites topped their cupcakes with a Zesty Orange Frosting, but I just did a simple chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup of cream

Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until the cream is steaming. Pour the warmed cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted and the ganache is smooth. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, stir, then use a spatula and spread on the cooled cupcakes.

Top the cupcakes with orange zest, if desired.

13 Comments add yours

  1. i think citrus in my chocolate desserts gives them a nice refreshing kick! ive never made vegan cupcakes either but these looks like the real deal. so cool!

    I love citrus in desserts too, but have never really paired it with chocolate, but it really works! You can really taste the orange and it does give it that refreshing kick.

    steph on April 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 am
  2. Oh, wow. I definitely love citrus and chocolate. Or, really, most fruits and chocolate. I’m a little skeptical of the vegan aspect, but I’ll trust you on that one …

    If it uses granulated sugar it’s not vegan because the process that normal sugar undergoes is not vegan :\ Still, delicious looking recipe!

    Oops, I didn’t realize, probably because I’m not vegan! Thanks for letting me know.

    steph on April 4th, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Ina on April 4th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hahaha, I was skeptical too, but it turned out pretty tasty.

    steph on April 4th, 2010 at 10:38 am
  3. I’m curious how well these keep without the egg yolk to help the texture.

    I like the orange juice in this. So man recipes use only zest or orange essence. Citrus and chocolate is great, as are ginger and chocolate. I bet some candied ginger would be nice on this, if a bit overpowering.

    The texture was a tiny bit denser than normal, but if you didn’t know it was egg free, I don’t think you’d miss it.
    I love candied ginger!

    steph on April 4th, 2010 at 10:39 am
  4. Steph – you have the most delicious looking blog in the whole fucking world!! I’m literally drooling when I see your pics. I didn’t realise you could cook so well! I’ve been wanting to check out momofuku for a while now but haven’t had the chance yet. Will defo do it when I’m there this october!

    Hahahaha thanks Justin!

    steph on April 4th, 2010 at 10:40 am
  5. i just love your blog….you do it just right.

    Thank you so much!

    steph on April 4th, 2010 at 10:43 am
  6. Im a baker at heart. my mom doesn’t love the mess i make in the kitchen but i usually clean up. ..usually.. These look delicious… i’ve never had orange and chocolate but the idea seemed interesting! the vegan part looks different- how is the texture compared to those with eggs and dairy? Thanks for the good recipe =D

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