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Citrus Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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Citrus Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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"My mom and I first tried these moist chocolaty cupcakes at her health club's annual taste test," notes Sara Zignego of Hartford, Wisconsin. "Not only are these treats light and delicious, they're easy to make!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

One cupcake equals 155 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the orange juice, water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into orange juice mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill half full with batter. Bake at 375° for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Citrus Chocolate Cupcakes in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p37

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"Seriously these are great!! They even freeze well in the door section to grab and pack into a lunch box! Perfect blend of flavors!"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Yes, it's eggs! But, my family felt they were a little dry. Definitely needs a glass of milk to wash them down."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"These cupcakes were great with the touch of orange. Easy to make too, especially when you're out of eggs!"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"These turned out great and did not last long at our house. They were moist and very tasty. The hint of orange flavoring was just right. I will be making them again soon."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"These cupcakes are delicious and so easy to make, they're a keeper for sure. My family loves them and will be making this recipe many more times."

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