Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting

Giada's chocolate cupcakes are iced with a zingy limoncello frosting.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix
Orange juice (instead of water in cake mix)
180g chocolate chips
1 tsp plain flour
225g diced candied orange peel

For the Frosting

200g icing sugar
4 tbsp butter, softened
2 tbsp limoncello (you can substitute with 2 tablespoons lemon juice for a child-friendly version)
2 tbsp orange juice
1 orange, zested
60g finely diced candied orange peel, for garnish
Special equipment: cupcake liners, 2 muffin pans
Mix the chocolate cake mix according to packet instructions, substituting orange juice for the water. Toss the chocolate chips with the flour. Fold the chocolate chips and the candied orange peel into the chocolate mixture. Line the muffin pan with the cupcake liners. Fill and bake the cupcakes according to packet instructions. Let the cupcakes cool for one hour on a wire rack before frosting.
To make the frosting: combine all the ingredients except the candied orange peel in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth, about two minutes. Using a small spatula, place about one tablespoon of frosting on top of each cupcake. Top with a small sprinkle of candied orange peel.

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