Cocoa Cayenne Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

Does anybody else, any time you say birthday, automatically bust out into song in your head?  I can’t say birthday without

“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to”

going through my head!
Cocoa Cayenne Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream
Well, today is Meghan’s birthday and I’m so excited to be joining in her virtual Birthday Party!!  Meghan is one of my favorite bloggers, I absolutely love The Tasty Fork!  Her recipes are absolutely amazing ~ I even got the fun of making one of her recipes for one of the groups we are involved in & it was AWESOME!!  So if you haven’t been by to check out Meghan’s blog yet, run over there now!!  Well, once you get done checking out these birthday cupcakes for her 😉

Cocoa Cayenne Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

So no birthday is complete without cupcakes right?  And you of course can’t go wrong with chocolate cupcakes ever.  I knew I couldn’t just do a typical chocolate cupcake for Meghan though, the girl went to culinary school for goodness sakes.  Plain chocolate was not going to do!  But no one said anything about not using a boxed mix!  😉

Cocoa Cayenne Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGHAN!!  I HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING DAY!!

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COCOA CAYENNE CUPCAKES WITH ORANGE BUTTERCREAM
YIELD: 12 cupcakes
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INGREDIENTS:

    for the cupcakes

    • 1 box (10.6 ounces) Simply Organic Cocoa Cayenne Cupcake Mix
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

    for the orange buttercream

    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    • zest of 1 large orange
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • juice from half of 1 large orange
    • red & yellow food coloring (optional)
    INSTRUCTIONS:

    for the cupcakes

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper baking cups.
    Combine the eggs, water & butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add in the cake mix and stir until just evenly moist.
    Fill the cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
    Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely while you make the orange buttercream

    for the orange buttercream

    Cream together the butter and orange zest. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, a 1/2 cup at a time. Thin out the buttercream with the fresh orange juice ~ I used about all of the juice from 1/2 of the orange I zested. Mix until well combined and fluffy, scraping down sides as needed.
    Optional ~ add in red & yellow food coloring to tint the buttercream a stronger orange color ~ I added 1 drop of red & about 3-4 drops of orange just to give it a nice pastel orange coloring.
    Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost with the orange buttercream
    ORANGE BUTTERCREAM INSPIRED BY: Minimalist Baker
    THIS RECIPE PROUDLY SHARED AT ANY OF THESE FABULOUS PARTIES
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    Comments

    1. says

      Jaime, you’re beyond amazing!! These cupcakes are so creative! And I really love a bowl, spoon and all of that orange buttercream! You’re so nice to make these for my birthday! I’m pinning and sharing on FB!

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