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Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Cream cheese frosting

I love baking and who does need a reason to bake??? well I sure have a reason today, its autumn and we have a halloween coming up at the end of this month. Needless to say that its pumpkins galore. Trust me if you are a baker and never used pumpkin in baking cakes and cupcakes, it's a must try and they give amazing moisture and texture to the cake.

About the cupcakes they were not only moist but had a  beautiful texture, I guess its the combination of buttermilk and pumpkin puree. Needless to say the yum factor of the cream cheese frosting now tell me who would not love it. I took up additional challenge to make the buttermilk and pumpkin puree at home, although it called for some additional work yet it was all worth it. 

Makes 17 small cupcakes

For Chocolate cupcake:

1.25 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup good-quality cocoa
1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup buttermilk (check recipe below*)
1 cup pumpkinpur√© (check recipe below*)
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs

For Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 package (4-ounce) cream cheese softened
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 2 cups confectioners' sugar


Homemade Buttermilk-

In a glass take 1 cup cold milk and add 1 tsp vinegar, mix well and leave it aside, you will find the milk curdled, set aside to be used later

Homemade Pumpkin Puree-

In a baking tray line with kitchen foil. Remove the stem and cup out the pumpkin into half from top to bottom, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and the fibers too. Arrange the pumpkin with rid side down (skin facing up) and bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-40 mins. Until a fork inserted on the skin perks smooth. Remove the skin using a knife let it cool down and blend it in a food processor/ mixie jar to make a fine puree.

For the chocolate cupcake-

Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake liner or just grease them with little oil/ butter, set aside. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, with an electric mixer set on medium speed, until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is smooth and light. Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, blending well after each addition. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in standard cupcake tins and fill each with 1/4 cup of batter using an ice cream scoop. Bake for 22 minutes.and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean -- about 35 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove cakes and cool.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting -

Blend the cream cheese ,butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy -- about 3 more minutes.

Assembly -

Cut the tops of the cupcake (if necessary), mine did not require this. Fill an icing bag with frosting and scoop it out with your own design. Store in refrigerator and serve chill. 

Cooks Wisdom:

- Make sure you do not fill more than 1/4 of the cupcake case/ tin as they rise till the rim during baking.
- Make sure to blend the butter and cream cheese well before adding the other ingredients and they are at room temperature.
- You can refrigerate the frosting for atleast 20-30 minutes before piping out the design                      


  1. That looks lovely... and I love this cute little pink heart swinging on top on your Blog Proya.. :D

  2. These look delicious...and they're cute - perfect for the season!

  3. Cool Cupcakes with Orange frosting, love it!!!

  4. These cupcakes sound great, soft & moist! Perfect & fantastic! Thanks dear for all the sweet comments :)

  5. Lovely cake.. Looks gorgeous.. Well explained..

  6. Looks sooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty love the colour and texture is beautiful too.Love it yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..............

  7. wonderful Priya...perfect for halloween...

  8. Love that frosting...cup cakes look awesome....

  9. lovely pics .......would push anyone to try the recipe :)) amazing !!

  10. Delicious cup cakes,cute presentation dear,I wanted to try this one too,but got a bit these cup cakes are tempting me,can't wait to try them
    Awesome clicks dear..

  11. wow...lovely yummy muffins...

  12. Orange and chocolate... bang in ur mouth... yummy combo

  13. Perfect and delicious looking cupcakes...Loved the presentation...

  14. Feel like making some again, thanks for suggesting this yummy cupcakes Priya, everyone at home just enjoyed licking the frosting and having this super spongy cupcakes.

  15. Looks yummy dear, felt like I took a bite myself :-)

  16. Wonderfully presented delicious cupcakes Priya. Like to have few yummy dear.

  17. Delicious I will try this, I got little busy. Your cupcake looks perfect and delicious . Love the click.

  18. Lovely treats, love the half bitten cake click :-)

  19. The texture of teh muffins looks awesome!! Wud love to grab a few..The icing is one of my all time fav ones!

  20. Wonderfully festive display and delicious looking cupcakes!

  21. fall flavours indeed; the cupcakes looks swell

  22. Looks lovely. The texture looks super spongy.

  23. What a lovely cake! You sure have created magic with this one

  24. Great job on your cupcakes they look delish. Love the blog write up and photos.

  25. I wanted something a little lighter. Maybe I should have made these instead of the spiced pumpkin cupcakes.

  26. Yummy cupcakes.. They look delicious.

  27. Awesome and lovely presentation :)


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