Ann Reardon

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. 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
220 millilitres (7.44 fluid ounces) of cream (35% fat or higher)
rind of 1 orange
25g (0.88 ounces) or 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 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% cocoa). 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.


chocolate orange ganache frosting for delicious rich chocolate cupcakes


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  2. Hi.. these look delicious.. I have made the best ever chocolate cake already and it is amazing.. I was just wondering how long do you bake them for.. Thank you.. Mary..

  3. Hi Ann, I love your recipes and was wondering if you have a recipe or can tell me how to make the candied orange decoration on the cupcake in the picture.

  4. Hi, i was wondering, how much does this recipe make?

    • Hi Georgia, This quantity makes 10 cupcakes.

  5. Hi Ann 🙂 First off, I just wanted to say that your channel is perfect and that you are awesome! I was just thinking how strong is the orange flavour in this cake? Because I’m not sure, but maybe the chocolate will be too overpowering? Also, if I were to use this frosting with a chocolate cake do you have any good filling recommendations? Or is it best with these flavours just to fill it with this frosting? Thanks a lot, Dana

    • thanks dana, yes you could use this to cover a cake and for the filling you could use either the same or an orange curd or orange buttercream. You taste both the orange and the chocolate in the frosting.

  6. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more
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  7. 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?

    • Hi Maggi, put it in a ziplock bag and make it as flat and thin as possible and put it in the fridge flat on the cold glass shelf.

  8. Other than the coffee at work (we barter with a local coffee roaster and always have ttop
    rated quality coffee) and beer and cocktails I don’t drink soda or juice and I drink many liters of
    water at work too (always keeping my nalgene topped off!).
    Sounds strange but it can be really that sodas and juices are expensive and I’d rather spend
    the money and caloric intake oon fancy drinks!

    • 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!

    • Why comment that here, it has nothing whatsoever to do with this website?!?!

  9. 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

    • 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.

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

    • thanks aurora

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

    • Hi Tricia, Yes, I use all purpose cream for ganache.

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