Chocolate Cupcakes with a Chocolate, Orange and Clove Infused Ganache Filling and a Chinese Spiced Tea Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 8 fluid ounces buttermilk
  • 4 fluid ounces canola oil
  • 3 1/2 ounces cocoa powder, such as Valrhona
  • 1/2 fluid ounce Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Chocolate, Orange and Clove Infused Ganache Filling, recipe follows
  • Chinese Spiced Tea Buttercream, recipe follows
  • Chocolate curls, for garnish
  • Orange sugar crystals, for garnish
  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces cocoa powder, such as Valrhona
  • 2 ounces cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, such as Valrhona
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 fluid ounces orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange oil
  • 8 ounces granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces egg whites
  • 2 pounds unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons loose Chinese mandarin orange tea
  • 1 tablespoon loose Chinese mandarin orange tea, ground in a food processor and sifted to remove larger pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract

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