Jaffa Cupcakes

I came across this recipe on ‘BakingBites.com’. They are delicious and different, they make a great change to the usual old chocolate cupcake. They taste just like Jaffa Cakes, hence my naming of them! I have made a few small changes to the original recipe, to get them ‘just right’ for my liking! These keep well for a good 4 or so days in an airtight box or tin.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes: Makes 12

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown soft sugar (or light muscovado)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • zest and juice of of 3 small or 2 large oranges
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c, 350f, gas 4. place cake cases inside a 12 hole muffin tin.
  2. mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl excluding the orange zest.
  3. put the orange juice into a measuring jug, you need 160 ml or 2/3 cup of liquid altogether, top up the juice with water if necessary.
  4. whisk together the oil,  zest, vanilla and orange juice/water.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl and gently fold in as little as possible – only until the dry mixture is wet and there are no streaks of flour. DO NOT OVER MIX OR BEAT!
  6. Spoon into the cases and bake for about 18 minutes, but check after 15 as ovens do vary. the cakes are done when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out free of wet mixture – a few moist crumbs are ok.
  7. Take the cakes out of the pan and leave to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Orange Icing:

  • Mix about 300g icing sugar with the juice and zest of an orange – you can adjust the amount of sugar or liquid to get the consistency you prefer. it should be thickish but a little runny and spreadable.
  • dollop a spoonful onto each cake and let it run to the edges, help it reach the sides if you need to.
  • Decorate the cakes with chocolate shavings or other decorations.
  • Leave to set then enjoy!






The iced cupcakes!




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7 Responses to Jaffa Cupcakes

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  2. Starr says:

    These look really tasty… I love the idea of using icing instead of the standard piped frosting.

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  5. Fiver Feeds says:

    Just by the picture I would never guess it has something to do with jaffa. Looks great, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. howlett97 says:

    I made some of these today – a dozen … after morning coffee for three & sneaky snatches after lunch there is … ah, one left which I am going to hide it to have with a cup of tea later today … thank you!

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