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easy orange almond cupcakes w/ dk chocolate icing

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Recipe by
Lynelle Caldwell
Durango, CO

I make a wonderful Orange almond cake but wanted something easier and simpler with the same basic taste. I think I hit the nail on the head with this recipe. It's a favorite at work.

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yield 24 serving(s)

Ingredients For easy orange almond cupcakes w/ dk chocolate icing

  • 1 box
    yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c
    flour (high altitude)
  • oil as listed on package
  • 3
  • replace water on package with country style oj
  • 1 box
    vanilla instant pudding (sm)
  • 1/8 tsp
    almond extract (optional)
  • add orange food coloring if you'd like a brighter orange color
  • 2/3 c
    almonds, blanched chopped very fine
  • 1 can
    mandarin oranges; drained, patted dry & rough chopped
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 c
    cocoa powder
  • 1/2-1 c
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make easy orange almond cupcakes w/ dk chocolate icing

  • 1
    CUPCAKES Combine 1st 8 ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes fold in almonds and mandarin oranges.
  • 2
    Pour into Pam-sprayed cupcake papers (in a cupcake pan).
  • 3
    Bake at 375, according to directions, mine took about 20 minutes. Let cool totally. Frost with Dark Chocolate Frosting.
  • 4
    DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING In a large mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency
  • 5
    Spread or Pipe onto cupcakes. I also put a orange candy slice on top if I want to add a wow factor.

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