Chocolate Orange Cupcake with Ganache Frosting Recipe


chocolate orange ganache swirl decoration on cupcakeChocolate ganache can be infused with any flavour you desire, so do some experimenting. For these cupcakes I used orange and topped them with a jaffa.  You can eat them as is or heat in the microwave until the ganache melts down over the warm cake and serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

For the chocolate cupcake recipe I used best ever chocolate cake recipe here.

Chocolate Orange Ganache Frosting Recipe (for 10 cupcakes)

To make a ganache that is piping consistency at room temp you will need to make it a day ahead and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

200g (7.05 ounces) of chocolate
220ml of cream
rind of 1 orange
25g (0.88 ounces) unsalted butter
1o jaffas for decoration (optional)

chocolate for ganacheBreak up the chocolate in a bowl.  I like to use half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate (70% cocooa), this is purely dependent on how you like your ganache to taste.  If you use all milk it tastes a bit creamy, all dark and it’s a bit too strong.  If you use half-half it ends up tasting like milk chocolate.

orange rind mixed with cream how to cook that ann reardon

Measure your cream and mix in the orange rind.  One orange rind gives a subtle flavour, add more if desired.

Bring the cream and rind to the boil then pour through a sieve over the chocolate.  Leave it to sit for a minute so the chocolate can melt. Then stir until smooth

pour cream over the chocolate ganache stir ganache until smooth how to cook that

Add the butter and stir some more.  Don’t worry if your ganache seems too runny it will go firm as it cools.  Place the bowl in the fridge overnight.  (Tip – do not cover warm ganache with plastic wrap as water from steam will form on the wrap and drop into the ganache).

add butter to the chocolate mint ganacheThe next day spoon the ganache into a piping bag or plastic ziplock bag.  Leave on the bench for a few minutes to soften.  Pipe generous swirls onto your cupcakes and top  with a jaffa.


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12 Responses to Chocolate Orange Cupcake with Ganache Frosting Recipe

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  2. maggi says:

    hey I wonder what should I do if I want to use the ganache the day I have made it should I put it in the fridge or what?

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    • danielle says:

      What the hell are you saying? why did you even comment here on this page? that weird rant had nothing to do with this fabulous recipe. btw, Ann, what a great recipe!! can’t wait to try it out. I love making cupcakes and so does my family. this sounds delicious and it looks great too!

  4. Rose says:

    Hi Ann , I tried this recipe and it’s cames out yummy :) , just I faced one problem , related to the ganach , after I put it onto the cake it’s started to melt , how can i solve this problem ?
    Thanks in advance

    • Ann Ann says:

      Hi Rose, ganache will melt if it is hot, you can make it thicker by using less cream ot chocolate but if it is really hot it will still melt.

  5. Aurora says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say that youre cakes looks very yummy!
    I’m so excited to try to make macaroons!

  6. sunidhi says:

    very good cake. looks yummy. i always used have from bakery this time i can prepare at home. u can also check some indian recipes and change ur taste.

  7. Tricia Ladiana says:

    Hi, I’m so addicted to pastry. I just I want to ask about ganache. What kind of cream should I use? Do I use all purpose cream?

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