Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
Orange Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • Orange food colouring optional
  • Grated chocolate for garnish if desired
Cupcake Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, stir together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and stir together.
  4. Beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add boiling water and continue to beat. The mixture will be a little runny.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners with the batter about ¾ way full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer cupcakes to a wire baking rack to continue cool.
  7. Frosting Instructions
  8. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar on medium speed. Add in the whipping cream and continue to beat. Add in orange extract and orange food colouring (if using) and beat until fully incorporated.
  9. Scoop frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip. Frost the cupcakes starting at the outside and working towards the center.