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Down the Rabbit Hole Cupcakes

Updated: Apr 7

A Whimsical Treat for Any Occasion

Transport yourself to a whimsical wonderland with these delightful Rabbit Hole Cupcakes! Bursting with flavors of chocolate and orange and adorned with charming decorations, these cupcakes are not only a treat for the taste buds but also for the eyes. Perfect for themed parties, Easter gatherings, or any occasion where a touch of magic is desired, these cupcakes are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.



For the cupcakes:

- 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour, spooned and leveled

- 3/4 cup granulated sugar

- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/2 cup vegetable oil

- 2 large eggs

- 3/4 teaspoon pure orange extract


For the frosting and decorations:

- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

- 1 teaspoon kosher salt

- 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar

- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

- 1/4 teaspoon orange gel paste food coloring

- 1/3 cup cocoa powder

- 1 orange for zest

- 3/4 cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies (12 cookies)

- 12 small mint sprigs




Step 1: Prepare the Cupcakes

- Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 standard muffin cups with liners.

- In a bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg.

- Add oil and beat with an electric mixer until combined.

- Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

- Stir in grated carrots and chopped pecans.

- Transfer batter to prepared muffin cups, dividing evenly.

- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

- Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.


Step 2: Make the Frosting

- In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and salt until creamy.

- Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.

- Beat in vanilla and orange zest until fluffy.

- Transfer 3/4 cup of frosting to a separate bowl and add orange food coloring, and orange zest stirring until combined. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 3/4-inch piping tip.

- Sift cocoa over the remaining frosting and beat until combined.


Step 3: Assemble the Cupcakes

- Using a melon baller or small measuring spoon, create a hole in the center of each cupcake about 3/4 inch wide and 1/2 inch deep.

- Spread chocolate frosting on cupcakes, leaving the hole unfrosted.

- Roll or sprinkle crushed cookies over the frosting.

- Pipe orange frosting into the holes, extending slightly above the cupcake tops.

- Insert mint sprigs to resemble "carrots."

- For added fun, place cupcakes in mini flower pots for whimsical décor.



Indulge in the magic of these Rabbit Hole Cupcakes, where every bite takes you on a journey down the rabbit hole to a world of sweetness and delight. Whether served at a party or enjoyed as a special treat, these cupcakes are bound to enchant all who taste them. So, gather your ingredients, unleash your creativity, and embark on a culinary adventure that's sure to leave a lasting impression!

Photos by

Treshawn Fraser

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