Tuesday, October 29

Chocolate & Orange Halloween Cupcakes

This cupcake pair is just amazing!  There are not many duos I like as much as chocolate and orange!  Want to know the best part?  They are SO simple to make, but taste like I bought them from a fancy cupcake bakery! I'm not saying which one! So who needs candy when you can bake a batch of these fun Halloween cupcakes? 

Chocolate & Orange Halloween Cupcakes
A rich chocolate cupcake topped with orange flavored butter-cream icing makes a delicious confectionery that will add some fright into your bite this Halloween!
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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • zest of one large orange
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Using a large scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely. Ice cupcakes and decorate.
  • In a the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together cream cheese, orange zest, shortening, and butter until well combined.
  • With the mixer of low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
Lots of ideas below for decorating inspiration!

If you have less time than normal and find yourself faced with a child who informs you the night before that cupcakes are expected at tomorrow's Frightful Party at school - use a chocolate cake mix and store-bought icing. Following package directions, prepare cupcakes using chocolate cake mix and add 1/4 tsp. orange flavoring & a few drops of orange food coloring to the icing. EASY-PEASY! I hope you all have a super scary, fun and safe Halloween evening!! 



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