Easter Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Nuvita Biscuits

2/3 cup white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
2 cups confectioners’ sugar


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 orange, zested (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 orange, juiced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
Assorted toppings such as blueberries, candy-coated chocolate eggs, jelly beans, rainbow cereal puffs, licorice string, and chocolate-covered graham crackers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 (6-cup) muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Frosting: Put the chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on high, stirring halfway between cooking time, until the chocolate is melted, about 40 to 50 seconds. Stir until smooth. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the melted chocolate, orange juice, vanilla, and salt until blended. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Cupcakes: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and egg yolks, 1 at time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the sour cream, zest, and juice until blended. Add the flour mixture on low speed, and beat until just blended.

Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full with the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely on a rack.

With a small metal spatula, spread the frosting over the tops of the cooled cupcakes; use assorted fruit and candies to decorate the cupcakes.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Dom L on Mar 25, 2013

    Im planning on opening a cupcake shop and these are all the flavors i came up with so cud u plzz read them or at least skim the names and stuff and see which one u think would taste best or sell best thanks ppl all feedback is appreaciated!

    Peppermint snow (seasonal) – vanilla cake w/ marshmallow frosting with crushed peppermint and sprinkled w/ coconut and served w/ a complementary candy cane (op.). Hot chocolate (w/ cupcake purchase) = $1 (op.)
    Fruit smoothie- vanilla cake w/ chunks of peaches, mixed-berry-yogurt based frosting, topped w/ a maraschino cherry and a mandarin orange segment. Dixie cup of mixed berry smoothie (w/ cupcake purchase) = 75 cents (op.)
    Peanut butter fudge- chocolate cake w/ chunks of chocolate fudge, peanut butter flavored frosting, drizzled w/ hot fudge and topped w/ peanut butter and chocolate fudge cube and two Reese pieces candies.
    Chocolate covered strawberry (strawberry season) – chocolate cake w/cut up strawberries, dark chocolate mousse frosting, topped w/ brownie crumbles and a half slice of strawberry.
    Marble pudding- marble cake w/ vanilla pudding inside, chocolate and vanilla swirled frosting and topped w/ a dollop of vanilla pudding and Oreo crumbles.
    Zebra- Oreo cakester cake, vanilla and dark chocolate striped frosting, topped w/ a half oreo.
    Key lime pie- vanilla cake w/ key lime pudding inside, kool whip whip cream frosting and green sprinkles.
    Shirley temple- vanilla cake w/ maraschino cherries marinated in ginger ale inside, cherry flavored frosting, topped w/ red and white sprinkles. Dixie cup of ginger ale (w/ cupcake purchase) =25 cents (op.)
    Powdered jelly- vanilla cake w/ strawberry jelly inside, a thin layer of vanilla frosting then a dollop of strawberry jam and powdered sugar.
    Limonade (lemon season) – vanilla cake with lemon pudding inside, lime frosting, topped with green sour sugar crystals and a lemon segment on the side (op.)
    Mocha mousse- chocolate coffee cake, dark chocolate mousse frosting, a dollop of coffee frosting, topped with brownie crumbles. Coffee (w/ cupcake purchase) =$1.50 (op.)
    Chocolate crazy cupcake- dark white and milk chocolate marbled cake, milk chocolate and white chocolate frosting, topped w/ chocolate sprinkles and a Hershey’s milk chocolate kiss.
    Raspberry chocolate (raspberry season) –chocolate cake w/ chunks of raspberries inside, chocolate frosting and topped w/ chocolate sprinkles and a fresh raspberry.
    S’more cupcakes- chocolate cake, a graham cracker underneath marshmallow frosting and topped w/ graham cracker crumbles.
    Lemon poppy seed -lemon poppy seed cake, lemon frosting and sprinkled w/ poppy seeds.
    Coconut cream –vanilla coconut cake, whip cream frosting, topped w/ shredded coconut.
    Cocoa coconut –chocolate coconut cake, white chocolate frosting, topped w/ shredded coconut.
    Banana split –vanilla cake, vanilla ice cream (instead of frosting) drizzled w/ hot fudge and topped w/ a slice of banana.
    Upside-down pineapple – upside-down pineapple vanilla cake, vanilla frosting, topped w/ a pineapple ring and a cherry in the center.
    Blueberry vanilla (blueberry season) –vanilla cake w/ blueberries inside, vanilla frosting topped w/ blue sprinkles and a fresh blueberry.
    Mint chocolate chip –mint vanilla cake, mint frosting, sprinkled w/ chocolate chips and topped w/ a dollop of whip cream.
    Fruit cake (grape/strawberry season) –vanilla fruit cake, vanilla frosting, topped w/ a white grape and a half slice of a fresh strawberry.
    Angel food cake –angel food cake, whip cream frosting topped w/ a cherry.
    Chocolate pound cake- vanilla pound cake w/ chocolate frosting.
    Halloween candy (seasonal) – orange food coloring vanilla cake, chocolate frosting topped w/ hard candy.
    Lemon melon –vanilla cantaloupe cake, lemon frosting, topped w/ a square of green melon.
    Easter basket (seasonal) –vanilla cake, lemon frosting, sprinkled with shredded coconut and topped with multi-colored jellybeans.
    Apple cinnamon -vanilla cinnamon cake with cut up apples inside, vanilla frosting, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar and topped with an apple slice.
    Strawberry shortcake –vanilla cake w/ cut up strawberries inside, whip cream frosting, topped with a slice of strawberry.
    Birthday cupcake –vanilla with chunks of pound cake and sprinkles inside, vanilla buttercream frosting, topped with sprinkles and a candle.

  2. posted by fattiemanny on Mar 25, 2013

    …I can’t seem to find anything.

    They were white chocolate covered pretzel sticks pressed into cupcake tins to form a basket base shape. Then in the center, I know there was green dyed coconut, and maybe marshmallows or something else? Then I think it was covered in more white chocolate, and had a few jelly beans on top and some sprinkles. A Twizzler was glued on with the chocolate to form a handle.

    Does anyone know what I’m talking about? I don’t even need the recipe. I just would like to know what was on the inside, and I’d like to find a picture. I’ve found pictures of similar things online, but they aren’t what I want. :/ Can anyone help? I’m thinking the recipe was probably in a popular womens or cooking magazine in the US.

  3. posted by Lasagna delivery guy on Mar 25, 2013

    Normally for Easter Mum and I make a chocolate victory sponge (chocolate sponge, with orange buttercream inside and out then decorate the top with those egg shaped chocolates with hard shells)

    I’d like to do something different, please give me ideas.

  4. posted by LN13 on Mar 25, 2013

    any easy things too bake , with the ingredients ? and step to step instructions . REMEMBER: this is something a 13 and 10 year old will be baking , with the help of an adult .

  5. posted by Dr Dorian on Mar 25, 2013

    Made cup cakes n gave my dog a red velvet cupcake with white frosting and red sprinkles. Gave one to my German Shepard husky she’s about 7 years old. I wasn’t aware it was food coloring. Now I’m scarred because I know dogs can’t have chocolate. Should I be worried ?

  6. posted by isk8at818 on Mar 25, 2013

    Im starting one of those fancy cake and cupcake shops! My name is Lauryn and I want to see what you think my store should be. For a extra star answer these.

    Cake flavors

  7. posted by Gundown64 on Mar 25, 2013

    It’s 100% USA orange juice. Nothing is added- not even filtered water or sugar. How healthy is this?

  8. posted by BRUTE on Mar 25, 2013

    I am confused on the trading of orange juice, or frozen orange juice. I know speculators are there to just trade with no intention with taking delivery. However are large orange juice companies/manufacturers purchasing orange juice? I ask because i may work on a paper that revolves around the the commodity market bringing foods such as oj to areas like where i live (durango,co) year round. Where we have no citrus trees at all, but we constantly have shelves stocked with oj. So is the commodity market responsible for making this juice available year round?

  9. posted by jdubdoubleu7704 on Mar 25, 2013

    I’ve been having a craving for orange juice for like 2 months now and I drink like 3 glasses a day and I still want more…what is up with that?

  10. posted by Disrae on Mar 25, 2013

    When I buy fresh orange juice in a paper carton in always comes out looking the same. What is done to it so it stays that way? Does anyone know?

    When I fresh squeeze oranges to get juice within minutes it starts to separate out and does not look so good. I know I have to stir it but I am wondering if there is some way I can get it to stay together.

    Thank you in advance,

  11. posted by alberto s on Mar 25, 2013

    I rarely get sick at all, but for some reason every time I drink orange juice (any brand) the next day my throat gets sore and right now I’ve been sick for a few days. slight fever, headache, cough and runny and stuffy nose. I have been allergy tested and am allergic to molds, tree and grass pollens, cats, roaches, dustmites, etc, but not oranges! I don’t get a reaction right away but 6-12 hrs after wards. another note I rarely drink oj but consume other beverages with citric acid and don’t get a similar reaction.

  12. posted by DuckieM10 on Mar 25, 2013

    I have had the same bottle of orange juice for a couple of months, and now there slimy looking strings in it. It tastes fine, but the slime kind of makes me gag. Is it ok to drink? I hate to waste food. Money is a little tight.

  13. posted by RuMKilleR on Mar 25, 2013

    The Tropicana orange juice I buy has 23 g of sugar according to the nutrition facts. Is this natural sugar or do they add sugar as well?

  14. posted by TommyKay on Mar 25, 2013

    Some medicines are not recommended to be taken with orange juice. Why? I take Dexedrine and it does not work at all if I take it after I drank a glass of OJ.
    Wow “Elizabeth”, go get some friends.

  15. posted by Kaden on Mar 25, 2013

    I’ve developed an addiction to 100% orange juice (no pulp), and being that I’m 51 I’m getting signs that it might not be such a good thing. I take medication for type II diabetes and I know that OJ has a lot of sugar, so does anyone here know what happens when I drink a half gallon a day of the orange nectar of the gods?

  16. posted by Harriet W on Mar 25, 2013

    Someone told me that it’s because orange juice is acidic and milk is base so it doesn’t mix well?

    I drank a glass of orange juice and a glass of milk. Shortly afterward, I had diarrhea.

    This was tested 3 times. Why does this happen?

  17. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 25, 2013

    On the orange juice carton it says its made from concentrate or it says its not made from concentrate. Whats the difference? and which ones healthier?

  18. posted by Gage on Mar 25, 2013

    I went to my local beverage store and searched for blood orange juice/liqueur/syrup and the only thing the employee could recommend was the blood orange bitters. Is this one in the same? Or will I have a “bitter” drink using the bitters? I am looking to make blood orange margaritas so it matters because I am mixing it with acidic lime juice and tequila. I don’t want bitter root flavors in my margi’s. thanks for your help an advance!

  19. posted by Kristian on Mar 26, 2013

    Instead of water with lemon? Cause they say the squeezed lemon in water kick starts the metabolism. Would orange juice work as well?

  20. posted by Sir fliesalot on Mar 26, 2013

    i think orange juice tastes so good in the morning but if u have it at night it doesnt taste as good y is this? does anyone else think this?

  21. posted by Roar me R on Mar 26, 2013

    Just wondering. I drink orange juice a whole lot and I notice that whenever I go a day or two without drinking it, I get really cranky and my head hurts and everything. Maybe just a coincidence, but still weird haha.

  22. posted by uberfailz on Mar 26, 2013

    My dad needs a recipe for this, and we only have regular orange juice, not frozen. I looked and looked for a recipe, and just can’t seem to find one! Every recipe I’ve seen calls for “6. oz can FROZEN orange juice.” It’s not the one I (or my dad) wants!

  23. posted by Only Business on Mar 26, 2013

    I was drinking diet mt dew and looked at the ingredients. The 2nd ingredient listed is orange juice concentrate. I’m pretty sure orange juice concentrate has calories. It’s basically orange juice syrup. So how can diet mt dew contain orange juice concentrate and have 0 calories?

  24. posted by mr flibble on Mar 26, 2013

    I’ll be fine and then I drink orange juice or take a vitamin with vitamin c in it and I get a migrane.

  25. posted by Rishi on Mar 26, 2013

    I really hate drinking orange juice, but I drunk some yesterday because I was thirsty and too lazy to get water. Every time I drink orange juice I get all woozy and nauseated and my stomach starts to hurt. Why?

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