Chocolate Orange Cupcakes With Celebration Bark

“I whipped these up for Valentine's Day and thought they came out nicely! I wasn't feeling daring enough to make cake from scratch, so I did utilize a box mix and pre-made frosting, but these are easy to throw together.”
18 generous cupckaes

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) box dark chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 14 cups orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1 12 tablespoons orange zest
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (I used Taster's Choice)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chocolate frosting (I used Betty Crocker...with Herhsey's)
  • 12 cup white chocolate chips or 12 cup baking chocolate
  • colored sprinkles, Confections, etc


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, orange juice, orange zest, vegetable oil, eggs, and instant coffee. Beat with electric mixer on medium for two minutes.
  3. Scoop mixture into lined cupcake tins and bake for 19 minutes.
  4. Remove cupcakes from oven and let cool.
  5. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to boil.
  6. Place a glass bowl into the saucepan of boiling water, and add white chocolate to the glass bowl. Continuously stir the chocolate with a spatula until melted. (Have a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper ready for the next step.).
  7. Remove glass bowl and quickly spread the melted chocolate onto parchment paper to form a thin layer (about 1/4" thick).
  8. Sprinkle confections, sprinkles, or candy onto chocolate while still hot. Then, let cool.
  9. With a cookie cutter, carefully cut out shapes.
  10. Frost cupcakes as desired, and then top with the chocolate bark.

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