Tangerine and Chocolate!

by Michelle on May 23, 2008

Well I did it again! I finished another “TODO” on my long list and I made Tangerine Cupcakes. Actually, I made chocolate cupcakes with tangerine frosting…but this is close enough to scratch off another “TODO”.

Tangerines are not one of my favorite fruits but I wanted to see if I could manipulate the recipe and bump it up a notch or 2! My experiment turned out very well and the cupcakes are scrumptiously delicious! My husband ate two of them and he doesn’t like tangerines at all.

For the cupcakes I made the same recipe, Beatty’s Chocolate Cake, that I used for my Pinks, and I included the same changes and additions noted in my original recipe.

For the frosting I made a Tangerine Frosting and since I’m on a vinegar kick recently I added a tad of vinegar too.

Tangerine Feathered Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe developed in the kitchen of Big-Black-Dog

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
4 c. confectioner’s sugar
Zest of 2 small tangerines
1 TBL of fresh tangerine juice

2 tsp balsamic vinegar (I used 18 year balsamic but any good balsamic is fine).

You can use a hand mixer, stand mixer or just beat by hand. Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add zest, vinegar, juice and mix well. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar and beat until well mixed and fluffy and stiff enough for piping.

Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and decorate with confections of your choice. I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chip and 1 regular sized chocolate chip for the top.

I am entering my Tangerine Cupcakes in Sugar High Friday May Citrus Event hosted by Helen of Tartlette.

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  • Arfi Binsted May 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t recall tangerine’s flavour. We do grow tangerine, it’s a cross between tangelo and mandarine, isn’t it? Practically, I just like citrus in any kind, flavouring creamy frosting like this is perfect!!

  • OhioMom May 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Oh yummy! Chocolate and citrus wed well together.

  • Dee May 24, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Michelle, Chocolate and Citrus are an inspired choice. Drool :) Is that your kitchen featured? It’s gorgeous, lucky you! btw, thanks for visiting :)

  • Lucy..♥ May 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Awesome combination of flavors. Yummo!

  • MAryanne May 25, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Great combination, Michelle. I bet these were just scrumptous and you baked them right in time for my birthday! Maryanne

  • giz May 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    You’ve been awarded

  • Brentwood Kitchen Shopper May 25, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    New to your blog-definitely was thrown off by the title. My little Malteepoo never leaves my side either, specially when I’m baking or cooking. My mom loves citrus and chocolate recipes.

  • Michelle May 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments.I know Big Black Dogs is sort of an odd title for a food blog. But for me and my life, the title is perfect. 😉

  • Robin Sue May 27, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Hello- I am new to your blog and I was pulled in right away by your blog title and picture. My blog is bigredkitchen with a pic of my backsplash too. We used to have a rottie named Diamond so more things to like about your blog. Your cupcakes are beautiful. I will visit often.

  • Helen May 30, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I love that you went out of your comfort zone flavorwise and tried something new. I think they turned out perfect!

  • Kristen May 31, 2008 at 1:16 am

    These sound great. I’ve never had tangerine with chocolate before, but you have me very intrigued. And great picture, too!

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