May 26, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes with Blood Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Posted by Susan at 10:00 AM
Last week I was in NYC for a meeting with a client and stopped in at Chelsea Market. I went in specifically for saffron and cocoa, but once there realized I needed lots of stuff that I did not really need. So while I did purchase my saffron threads and cocoa, I also walked out with milk and white chocolate curls, various chocolate blocks, various chocolate chips and some blood oranges!

When I get home all I can think about is what I should make, after all I need to prove to my husband that I really needed all of this. I decided to make dark chocolate cupcakes with blood orange cream cheese icing. I used my stand by chocolate cake recipe and added the juice and zest of one blood orange for my cream cheese icing. The result was amazing, the hint of orange in the icing complimented the very chocolaty cupcake perfectly.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 12)

1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon white sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin tins. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spoon mixture into muffin tins, 1/2 full.

  3. Bake in preheated oven for 18 - 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Blood Orange Cream Cheese Icing

1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
8 oz of cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
2 Tbs juice from one blood orange
1 tsp zest from one blood orange
3-4 cups of powdered sugar (sifted)
1 tsp of orange extract


  1. With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

  2. Add the orange extract, blood orange juice and zest and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness.

  3. Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag and decorate your cupcake.

20 comments on "Chocolate Cupcakes with Blood Orange Cream Cheese Icing"

Anonymous said...

YUMMIE! I will be making these for my sons bake sale this friday. Love the photo. What lens did you use???

Anonymous said...

wowzers! That looks fantastic...

Susan on May 26, 2009 at 6:52 PM said...

Thanks, I used the 18-55mm with my Nikon D60. Still getting familiar with the camera, but love it so far!

Anonymous said...

Your killing me! If I could have anything right now, it would be these! I love blood orange zest, it is the best. Thanks for the great post and beautiful pictures.

rustic rooster interiors on May 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM said...

AMAZING . . . You inspire me to bake! Thank you!!!!

Cristina on May 30, 2009 at 2:54 AM said...

Funtastic cupcake arrangement just like edible dipped strawberries, at last fantastic....

Anonymous said...

Your cupcakes look lovely and I love the way you used the blood orange. Great idea!

Unbelieveable Stuff on August 14, 2009 at 3:01 AM said...

YUMMIE! looks fantastic...ari

Jimmy Simpson on February 2, 2010 at 6:24 AM said...

Wow blood orange color is perfectly matching
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it seems to be that blood oranges are seasonal and at the moment no market has any. Only the actual juice. Any suggestions of what i can substitute with or any other kind of frosting i can make with the chocolate cupcakes thanx much appreciated

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