Orange White Chocolate Cupcakes

The Story:
         Baking things that fill the whole house (or my small apartment) with a sweet smell is one of my favorite things.  I want someone to walk into my place and know exactly what flavor cupcake I am making that day.
         When I opened the stove door to check on these little orange lovelies, an explosion of orange was released into my kitchen.  It sure did wake me up.

Orange Cakes:
French Vanilla cake mix
1 tablespoons orange juice
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup sour cream
½ cup oil
3 eggs
1 egg white
Zest of one or two oranges
¼ cup flour
 White Chocolate Ganache:
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Orange Buttercream:
½ cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2.    In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine orange juice, buttermilk, sour cream and oil. 
3.    Add eggs and egg white one at a time, stirring well between each addition. 
4.    Slowly add cake mix and flour white stirring.
5.    Add orange zest and mix again.
6.   Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7.    Let cool on rack for 5 minutes, and then seal in airtight containers to lock in moisture. (If you live in a really humid place, then don’t worry about sealing them.)
8.   Ganache: On the stovetop or in the microwave, melt chocolate and heavy cream together.  Stir constantly if on the stovetop using low-medium heat, or take out every 15 seconds in the microwave to stir.  Be careful, white chocolate burns easily.
9.   When your cupcakes are nearly cooled, dip them in the ganache to coat the tops. 
10.Buttercream: Beat butter and cream cheese for 5 minutes.  Slowly add powdered sugar and then orange juice.  Add food coloring if desired, and let beat for 4 more minutes. 
11.   Pipe into cooled cupcakes and top with white chocolate shavings.

21 thoughts on “Orange White Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Lisa says:

    Those cupcakes sound so incredibly delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcakes up (link will be open till Monday night).

  2. 2
    Splendid Things says:

    Your cupcakes are always iced so beautifully! Can you tell us what size/ # tips you use with the recipes? Thanks!!!!

  3. 3
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Yes, I can do that for you Splendid Things. For these I used the Ateco tip #867

  4. 4
    Michele says:

    Orange and white chocolate, what a great combination! I love the idea of the white chocolate ganache, I have never thought of that before. Cannot WAIT to make these!

  5. 5
    Leigh Anne @ YourHomebasedMom says:

    These are my kind of cupcakes – two of my favorite flavors, orange and white chocolate. I'll be in Provo June 19th if you feel like making these again!!!

  6. 6
    Emily says:

    So, if you just do only the glaze it's pretty much a muffin, right?

  7. 7
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Emily- A very soft, cakey muffin…

  8. 8
    Katie says:

    How do you make your frosting so thick? I tried making these and it turned out too thin to be able to pipe it on the cupcakes. I kept adding powdered sugar but it didn't seem to help much. Any helpful hints?

  9. 9
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Katie- Uhh… Not totally sure what to tell you. I always just add butter, cream cheese (vanilla or something like that) and then powdered sugar and a little bit of milk until the consistency is right. Make sure you never melt your butter before.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Katie – make sure you are buying a quality, brand name powdered sugar. In many of the lesser brands,the powdered sugar is not made from sugar cane, but from beets, and there will be a significant difference in your frostings.

  11. 11
    Emily @ RemarkableHome says:

    I think you need to double the powdered sugar in this recipe to be able to pipe it. And I used orange juice concentrate for more orange flavor. Yummy!

  12. 12
    Cindy says:

    I'm going to make these for our church supper…can't wait to taste them. They do look yummy!!

  13. 13
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Cindy, I have a very similar post going live in the next week. If you want to compare this recipe to that one, email me and i can send it to you early!

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Did you use salted or unsalted butter?

  15. 15
    Lizzy Mae says:

    I use unsalted. I just buy my butter in bulk at Costco.

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    Holly says:

    I’ve made a few of your recipes (all soooo great– Andes are the best, it’s very true!), and while I found the cake to be soft and yummy and the orange flavor to be subtle and fragrant, the white chocolate seemed to disappear! I think next time I might put mini white chocolate in the batter to get more of it.

  17. 17
    Jodena says:

    I love this recipe! I am sampling a gluten free version for the first time! So far the batter was grainy and very different………We shall see! Has anyone done this and how did it go?! #Newtoglutenbaking

  18. 18
    Sharon says:

    These cupcakes are amazing!!!!!!!!
    I wanted something unique to take to
    my wonderful secretaries and picked these cupcakes.
    Saying they are a 10 or 5 gold stars do not do them
    justice. I did double the ganache recipe. First one only covered
    half my cupcakes but I was spooning on due to
    fancy tall liners for cupcakes. Will be making these again

  19. 19
    Suzane says:

    How many cup cakes does this make?

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