I adapted Grace Parisi's recipe for angel food cupcakes to include the citrus and I adapted Martha Stewarts Chocolate Buttercream recipe which made way too much frosting. The pairing of orange and chocolate together is delicious. The citrus is undeniable and to gild the lily I spread some orange marmalade on top of the cupcake before frosting. —sdebrango
a dozen jumbo cupcakes
1 1/4 cups
egg whites at room temperature
cream of tartar
Chocolate Orange Buttercream
Bittersweet (70%) chocolate broken into small pieces
egg whites from large eggs
+2 tbs granulated sugar
unsalted butter cut into pieces at room temperature butter should be soft
1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Set 12 jumbo foil muffin cups on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour with the confectioners' sugar. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the egg whites with the salt, orange zest and cream of tartar and beat with whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the whites are firm and glossy. Sift the flour mixture over the egg whites in 2 additions, folding gently until incorporated.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling to the top. Bake for 15 minutes, checking the cupcakes starting at 13 minutes (ovens vary) shifting the pan from front to back, until the cupcakes are springy and golden. Transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool
Chocolate Orange Buttercream
Place chopped chocolate and orange zest in microwave and melt chocolate for 30 seconds, stir and microwave another 30 seconds, stir and if necessary microwave another 30 seconds until its melted.
Combine sugar and egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water; whisk until the mixture feels hot to touch and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bowl to the mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on medium-high until cooled, about 15 minutes.
With mixer running add the butter a piece at a time beating constantly, now add the cooled chocolate beat to incorporate. Use immediately.
Spread a thin layer of marmalade on top of cupcake, pipe some of the buttercream in the middle. Enjoy!
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.