Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Orange Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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I can’t believe it is already Friday again! We all know what that means….”Fiesta Friday!” Woohoo! Angie is so kind to host our party every week over at her blog, The Novice Gardener! I have already met so many sweet and talented people there…I love being inspired as I get to see what others are making! I am already very curious and excited about what people will be bringing! 🙂

For the second week in a row, I am bringing a cupcake. I love cupcakes so much! I am actually bringing these to a baby shower, or else I would be tempted to eat them all myself! 🙂 The ones this week are made with my most favorite flavors: orange, dark chocolate, buttercream! Yum, yum, yum!

I have to admit that creating a recipe for a low-glycemic buttercream frosting was not easy. Because I had to use honey instead of the powdered sugar, it came out thinner, but I think this could be helped by not using the squeezed orange juice and just using the pure orange extract instead. It tastes delicious though! I seriously have been going back for more bites! 🙂

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ORANGE DARK CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES WITH ORANGE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • Servings: 16 Cupcakes
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*Created by Lori at Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

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For Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used 2 large oranges for this)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 large orange for it’s juice
  • 1 tsp pure orange extract ( I wanted to just use the juice from the orange, but it wasn’t quite enough…this was the finishing touch!)

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For Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven for 325 degrees.
  • Cut oranges in half and squeeze out the juice into a measuring cup. Poor it into a mixing bowl. Add the honey and the eggs, mixing well.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the dry ones and mix.
  • Put cupcake liners in a muffin pan and pour the batter into into each slot.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes. I originally set it for 20, but ended up cooking them for 23.
  • Let them cool before frosting.

For Frosting:

  • Make sure to set your butter out ahead of time so that it can soften.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and blend thoroughly.
  • If you need the consistency a little harder, refrigerate for a little bit before frosting.

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74 thoughts on “Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Orange Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Oh Lori! These look awesome! So glad to hear that you had to bring them to the baby shower, thereby saving some for us!! Your know the Fiesta Friday gang is very passionate about chocolate, so they won’t last long here!

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  3. These look and sound soo good. Another possbility of getting that orange flavor without using the juice so it will be a little thicker is to just zest the orange with a microplane and add that in.

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    • Thanks so much Chad! And thanks for your idea! As a newbie to the cooking world I have two questions for you:
      1.Is a microplane different than a zester, or are they the same thing?
      2.Would the zest be too weird of a texture in the frosting? Or maybe it would add to the fun of it!

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      • Same thing for the most part, the one I have is rather fine when it comes to grating (Microplane is also the brand of it as well). It does it very fine so I don’t think the texture would be all that weird. The other possibility as well would be to make the frosting, put it on the cupcake and then zest over the top to give that orange color over the chocolate and when you bite in still get that flavor.

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      • Okay, thanks! I might experiment around today a bit…I still have time before the baby shower that I am bringing them to. I thought about zesting over the top as well, because it would give it a fun look. Thanks so much for your help!

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  4. I have always loved the taste of orange and chocolate combined. There is a candy bar that has that combination I love, I think maybe Cadbury? I am going to want to make these myself. And I am having one of these at the party for sure! Hehe 🙂

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  5. Ha!! So this is our deal!! 😀 Do you know that I also love the combination of orange, dark chocolate and buttercream? Ahhh, so yum!! I am glad you brought some of these!! ❤

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    • Hehehe….yep, this is our deal! Glad you are okay with it! They are low-glycemic, but I promise they don’t taste like it! So scrumptious! I can’t wait to try one of yours! That is so fun that you love orange, dark chocolate, and buttercream too Jhuls! Patty brought cupcakes too….it must be a cupcake sort of day! 🙂

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  6. Wooow this looks absolutely delicious AND easy to make, my two favorite things about food 😉 I noticed how you wrote in sidebar that you didn’t like cooking. Yeah, me neither, and still i can’t and won’t call myself a cooking lover, but I am finding more and more inspiration and when I get to be creative with my meals that is what brings out the chef in me 🙂

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    • Hi ivyon! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad these cupcakes look good to you! Yep, I HATED cooking…no exaggeration! But guess what? I now love it! I can hardly believe it myself! And I am exactly the same way as you….getting to be creative with my meals is what excites me!

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  7. Such a lovely cupcake recipe, Lori! Decadent and healthy all rolled into one. I love the combination of orange and chocolate in desserts—it makes me feel like I’m getting an exotic, fancy dessert for some reason. YUM!

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  8. Oh man…Lori… these are gorgeous cupcakes!! And ME TOO!!! I’m a cupcake girl!! I love them.. I believe I called myself cupcake weak a few months ago! Lol… and it’s true. I am cupcake weak. And your cupcakes here today? The orange and chocolate is scrumptious. I LOVE this. LOVE. :- ) Awesome post…wonderful recipe. I’ll be trying them for sure… hoping I don’t screw them up!! xx

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    • Prudy….thank you! Your words of encouragement always get me excited! 🙂 “Cupcake weak”…..nice! 🙂 If you make it, I know you will do great! You are such a wonderful cook….love your stuff you make! Thanks again for your encouragement…your excitement is contagious! 🙂

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  9. Orange… plus chocolate… PLUS BUTTERCREAM!!! You bless-ed individual! I love this recipe, Lori! I made cupcakes with fruit buttercream this weekend too (haven’t posted yet) but theeeessseee are absolutely next on the list. Oh ma guhness!

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    • Hehehe….I am so glad you like it! Oh, I can’t wait to see your post about your cupcakes! I am getting hungry just thinking about it! 🙂

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