The Evil and Drunk Cupcake

My best friend Bobbi had a little mid summer pool party at her house for all the kiddos. One of her friends Diane brought some cupcakes. She said they were orange and chocolate. I am NOT a big fan of chocolate and orange together. I think my dislike of the combo comes from those nasty chocolate orange chocolates that you peel like an orange..I have no clue what its name is. But me pass up on a cupcake, that will never happen in this lifetime!! I took the first bite and thought, hmmmmm….interesting. I wasn’t sure if I like them or not. I took the second bite(because you can never let food go to waste)..and I was hooked! They are so very divine! You could taste the Triple Sec in the frosting. And the miniature of the orange cake and the chocolate cake was Evil!!
Diane got the recipe from the Cake Doctor book.
When I was making them, my husband tasted the frosting and said with his brow ruffled..ewww what is that??? I frosted a cupcake for him and told him he couldn’t eat the frosting alone. He reluctantly tasted the entire goodie..and after his bite, he loved them! They are strange little things…I think that they are 2 bite cupcakes..they take 2 bites for you to get the full effect of the flavors! But my my my they are soooo good!!
I call them evil because when I was piping the frosting on them..they just looked kinda evil! Who knows..I’m just weird!



24 paper liners
1 pkg. Fudge marble Cake mix
1 1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup veggie oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp. grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350, line 24 muffin tins w/ paper liners
Place cake mix, orange juice,oil and eggs in a large bowl. Blend w/ electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape sides if needed. Increase speed to medium and beat 1 1/2 minutes more. The batter should be combined. Measure out 1 cup of the batter into a medium bowl and set aside. Add the orange zest to the remaining batter in the large bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the chocolate package from the cake mix to the 1 cup of batter you reserved and mix on low until combined.
Spoon the plain orange batter into the muffin cups, filling 2/3 of the way full. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the chocolate batter on top of each cupcake. Swirl the chocolate batter into the orange batter w/ a knife or toothpick, creating a marbled effect. Place pans in the oven.
Back the cupcakes until they spring back; 18-22 minutes.(mine only took 16 minutes only after the 2nd first batch burned at 18 minutes). Let them cool completely before frosting.


8 ounces cream cheese — at room temperature
4 tablespoons butter — at room temperature[1/2 stick]
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure orange extract
3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar — sifted
1 tablespoon orange liqueur — (1 to 2 tablespoons) such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Triple Sec
Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the cocoa powder, orange extract, confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon orange liqueur. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is well combined, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more. If the frosting seems too stiff, blend in another 1 tablespoon liqueur. Use to frost the top and sides of the cake or cupcakes of your choice. Makes 3 1/2 cups; enough to frost a 2- or 3-layer cake or 36 cupcakes


  1. 1
    noble pig says:

    They are beautiful…I actually love that combination! Happy 4th!

  2. 2
    Peter M says:

    It’s the booze, darlin’ the booze…light it up girl, it’s the Fo’of Joo-ly!

  3. 3
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    You are also evil for posting this kind of things! I actually love choc-orange together. The decorations almost look like fireworks!

  4. 4
    Bridgett says:

    Oooh, Cointreau, yummy! These may be evil but they are so pretty! I love orange and chocolate, but you are right, those orange shaped candies are nasty!!! Beautiful as usual, Leslie. You are an excellent baker.

  5. 5

    who knew a single cupcake could be so many things–evil, drunk, delicious, and beautiful. happy belated 4th! 🙂

  6. 6
    Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    That combination ROCKS…chocolate & orange compliment each other beautifully!! These cupcakes are fab!

  7. 7

    I think I just had a full body orgasm.

  8. 8

    Ok your killing me we go from Weight Watchers Wed to this 🙂

    What a killer combo love the use of Cointreau in the frosting. I may take the drunk thing further and pair this one with a nice glass of PORT.


  9. 9
    Bridgett says:

    Hey Leslie, you have been tagged! visit my blog, ok?

  10. 10

    I know those orange chocolate things and I agree, awful! Your cupcakes though look very yummy!

  11. 11

    Those cupcakes look really good!

  12. 12
    Kristen says:

    These sound very interesting and the photos are mouth watering!

  13. 13
    Southern Plate says:

    Love this
    Love the cake mix doctor
    Love your pics
    Love your blog!
    ~hits the subscribe button~