Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Orange Butter Cream Frosting

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double chocolate orange cupcake with orange butter cream
Sometimes you find a recipe that just screams your name, and this one did that for me!
A while back, Starbucks had an orange mocha. I guess it wasn’t the hit for everyone that it was for me, and I am sure my waistline secretly thanks them all for that, but I sure do miss that coffee goodness!
When I ran across this recipe I knew I had to make it.  I had been wanting to make cupcakes in a jar, and this one seemed just perfect for the task at hand.
yumminess in a jar
When I mixed the batter up, I couldn’t get over how THICK it was.  It was like scooping chocolate pudding into the cupcake liners!
When they baked, they were enormous!
warm out of the oven, delightful delectable chocolate
I made the first batch into regular cupcakes. I couldn’t get over the light airy and yet oh so chocolaty cake!  Just when I was containing myself about that…I made the Orange Butter Cream!
As the kids say… OMG.
love how the flash made the streams of light behind it… I can almost hear the angels sing!
It was the first week of school and I was making these for the school carnival cake walk.  But I then decided it was a must to make some for my “girls.” I have a little click of friends that we periodically have lunch throughout the school year.  I love to have a little something waiting for them at their place when they arrive for lunch. The last week of school it was the “Last Week of School Mom’s Taxi Fuel” so I decided it was only fitting to have something special for them the first week BACK to school!
That special something was this divine cupcake in a crystal jelly jar!
in a jar with handmade tags
So, I know you’re chanting…
So settle down…. here you go! 😉
When I made the cupcakes in a jar, I cut the top of the cupcake off, and sank the bottom into the jar. I piped frosting over it, sprinkled chocolate chips, then added the top of the cupcake, piped more frosting and added more chips. Tied the fork onto the jar with a ribbon and cute little tag, and Viola!
Gifts fit for my sweet friends!
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Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Orange Butter Cream Frosting

Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Orange Butter Cream Frosting. Chocolate morsels, chocolate cake and orange juice.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Double Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Orange Butter Cream Frosting
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • The Cake:
  • 1 12-oz. package NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semisweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 18.25-oz. package German chocolate cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • The Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 16-oz. package confectioners sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. orange juice


The Cake:

  • 1. Microwave 1 cup chocolate morsels in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • 2. Beat cake mix and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended and smooth. Add melted chocolate and vanilla, beating until blended. Spoon batter by 1/4-cupfuls into paper baking cups in muffin pans.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Orange Butter Cream Frosting evenly over cupcakes.
  • Place remaining chocolate morsels in a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal bag. Microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) 45 seconds to 1 minute, turning bag over after 30 seconds. Squeeze chocolate in bag until smooth. Cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe melted chocolate over Orange Butter Cream Frosting on cupcakes by gently squeezing bag.

The Frosting:

  • Beat butter and orange rind at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until well blended.
  • 2. Stir in 2 Tbsp. orange juice, adding additional orange juice, if necessary, to reach desired consistency


Serving: 1g | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g

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  1. oh my goodness! so so so yummy! awesome orange butter cream, you know how I LOVE butter cream! thanks for such a cute and thoughtful treat! xoxo

  2. CHOCOLATE!!!! Love this so much! Especially the pairing of the chocolate with orange. I’ll be licking that bowl of frosting for sure!

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