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Double Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes W/ Orange Buttercream Frosting

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“This recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine, September 2006.”
30 cupcakes

Ingredients Nutrition

  • To make cupcakes
  • 1 (12 ounce) packagenestle toll house semisweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 13 cup butter, melted
  • 1 14 cups orange juice
  • 1 -2 teaspoon orange zest (depending on how orangey you want your cupcakes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • To make frosting
  • 34 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 2 -3 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Microwave 1 cup chocolate morsels in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Cool slightly.
  4. Beat cake mix and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until moistened.
  5. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended and smooth.
  6. Add melted chocolate, orange zest, and vanilla, beating until blended.
  7. Spoon batter by 1/4-cupfuls into paper baking cups in muffin pans.
  8. Bake at 375° for 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  10. Spread Orange Buttercream Frosting evenly over cupcakes.
  11. Frosting directions:
  12. Beat butter and orange rind at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  13. Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until well blended.
  14. Stir in 2 tablespoons orange juice, adding additional orange juice, if necessary, to reach desired consistency.
  15. Place remaining chocolate morsels in a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal bag.
  16. Microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) 45 seconds to 1 minute, turning bag over after 30 seconds.
  17. Squeeze chocolate in bag until smooth.
  18. Cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag.
  19. Pipe melted chocolate over Orange Buttercream Frosting on cupcakes by gently squeezing bag.

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