October 29, 2010

Chocolate Orange Cupcake

Happy Halloween Everyone!! Who's ready for a sweet treat instead of a trick?!  I decided to make a Chocolate Orange Cupcake to celebrate the Spooky  occasion.

Here's what you'll need:
Dunkin Hinds Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (or your favorite chocolate cake recipe)
2 Oranges
1/3 C Oil
3 Eggs
1 Can of Chocolate Frosting
1 pack Happy Halloween Toppers!

To start I grated the outside of one whole orange and put that orange zest (about 2 Tablespoons) in the oil that will be going into my cake mix and let it sit for about 20 min.

* Careful not to grate the white of the orange.. Outside Zest Only!! :)
Next I juiced both oranges with my nifty hand juicer.   I then added the juice (about 1 1/3 cups) into my cake mix in place of the water.  
Add 3 eggs, oil with orange zest and mix until smooth. Pour batter into cupcake pan and cook for 12 min at 350.  Let the cupcakes cool completely before moving on to the next Spooky Step.... booooooo

It's Dipping Time!! Simply put the whole can of frosting into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30-45 sec, stir then dip!  You'll want to roll the tops in the creamy chocolate and make sure they aren't dripping when you set them up to dry. 

My camera was being weird so this is the best sample pic I could get for you.  
 Since Danny likes salt with his sweets I've lightly dusted the tops of them with a little Sea Salt.  It makes the flavor of the chocolate stand out a bit more.  I put it on when it's still wet so it can dry.

Next,  use the outside of the second orange and zest away.. you want to sprinkle as much as you can onto the tops of the oranges.  Then top with a slice of Orange Peel + a Happy Halloween Flag.. Ta Da!!!

Who want's a cupcake!?  Looks like my sweet Hubby needed a study break and snagged a cupcake while I was taking pics of them! 
Going... Going... and Gone
Happy Halloween Everyone!! I hope you have the chance to try something Spooky + Sweet. muahhh hahahahahaha

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