Orange S’mores Cupcakes

Hiiiiiii! For some weird reason, views on old posts are picking up, and it’s just.. well, weird. I used to host this blog on another platform and had a slightly different domain, so I don’t know why that’s happening. I migrated all of them here, so posts that were published before 2016 are a hot mess, and since I’m a little crazy OC, I went back to work on it. I’m not even halfway done with it yet. T_T

Since I have emptied out my backlog of travel posts, I’m back to making baking content [because this blog is not called ‘Adventures of Cupcake Girl’ for nothing]. The other day, we were defrosting the fridge and I realized that we’ve had overripe oranges for a while now. I checked our other supplies and found half a pack of marshmallows from when I made Chicken Boy S’mores Cookies for Valentines Day. This is usually how most of my baking sessions go, with me using whatever is available at home.

I substituted freshly squeezed orange juice instead of hot water in the recipe, to give it the orange flavor. Orange and chocolate is not a new flavor combination so I was pretty confident that at the least, it wouldn’t suck. I am linking down below a base chocolate cupcake recipe. I have the tendency to modify as I pleased, but this is the ‘base’ chocolate cupcake recipe I play with.

What was funny was that I manually squeezed each piece of orange, when we had both a juicer and a lemon squeezer at home. I only even remembered after I had already squeezed both oranges. I had three oranges at hand but only needed two oranges to get enough juice (3/4 cup). However, if I ever make this again, I would put in more oranges (maybe 1 1/2 cups of it) to make sure that the orange flavor is not overpowered by the chocolate.

I placed a marshmallow in the middle of the cupcake before putting it in the oven because I wasn’t sure what would happen and I wanted to know, okay.

I baked it for 20 minutes instead of 15. Fun fact: apparently, if you put in a marshmallow inside a cupcake, it will make it harder for you to check if it’s already done or not because your toothpick will be sticky and pick up a lot of marshmallow/cupcake batter. I initially thought that the marshmallow would stay in the middle of the cupcake but most of it melted on the top.

A bit disappointing, but Nutella makes everything better. I smeared a generous amount on top of the cupcake which did two things: it made it yummier, but it also masked the orange flavor and there was barely a hint of it upon tasting.

Good thing that I had an orange left. I thoroughly washed it, mixed Nutella and orange zest together, and topped it with more orange zest. I’m crazy about citrus.

(This turned out to be a nice photo in the end, but it was annoying to be grating the orange and having everything fall on the table instead of the cupcake haha)

The kitchen smelled a mix of freshly baked chocolate cupcakes, Nutella, and of oranges. It’s the type of fragrance I wish I can bottle up and spray on, especially on days when things don’t go my way. I’m trying to lose weight so I only had one, and made both siblings bring the rest to school. Ha!

Useful links: Bakerella’s Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Any other ideas on what other flavors to mix with chocolate? Come on, be generous with it!

6 thoughts on “Orange S’mores Cupcakes

    • I’ve never taken any baking lessons (yet), but here I am. Haha! Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are relatively easy because it’s just mixing ingredients in a bowl and baking it. Other pastries are much more complex and technical though. 🙂

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    • Hi Heide! I actually published a scheduled post earlier…… which was blank because I forgot to update it before it went live. Hehe! Thanks for noticing! ❤

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  1. The cupcakes look delicious! I’ve always wondered about flavored cupcakes (do people typically go your way and use real fruit or use some kind of syrup/liquid flavor?). Even though the smores didn’t turn out the way you expected, at least the Nutella covered it up pretty well. I can imagine the cupcake having a nice tangy twist to the flavor!

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    • The tangy twist was very faint (mostly because of the Nutella) although I really wanted it to come through. I mixed the orange zest with the Nutella to add some more of the flavor, and if I make this again, I will put in more oranges for sure!

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