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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


9 cupcakes

Chocolate and orange are perfect together in these fudgy morsels. To give them a moist brownie-like texture, I add mayonnaise. The cupcakes taste even better when served with a scoop of homemade ice cream. —Shirley Brazel, Coos Bay, Oregon
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, orange zest and vanilla; gradually add orange juice until blended. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips (batter will be thick).
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 273 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • cookadoodle
    Aug 30, 2010

    the recipe made 12+ cupcakes for me. i added a lot more orange juice to make the batter thinner. all in all i liked the cupcake, my husband thought it was too dry. after a few days in the fridge the cupcakes tasted better and more moist. also a good recipe for those watching their cholestrol

  • BuddyS
    Aug 31, 2008

    I found this to be very dry cup cake. Will not make it again.

  • varucca
    Aug 19, 2008

    these cupcakes were very simple to make, and they made a huge hit. everyone loved them. I'll definitely make these again.

  • martywad
    Aug 13, 2008

    The mayo is a substitute for eggs & oil. You can use it when you are making a small amount of corn bread also.

  • mmotteman
    Aug 12, 2008

     I believe the mayo is a substitute for eggs, so you might be able to use unsweetened applesauce in place of it.  In many baking recipes, I substitute 1/4 cup of applesauce for 1 egg, so if it's 2 eggs, the amount of applesauce would be 1/2 cup, etc.  Hope this helps!

  • gcho_kee
    Aug 12, 2008

    what can I substitute for the mayo