Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes


Ingredients (makes 11)

For the orange cupcakes

215g gluten-free plain flour • 133g caster sugar • 1.5tsp gluten-free baking powder • 1 pinch salt • 62.5g butter • 190ml orange juice • 62.5ml vegetable oil • 1/2tsp orange essence • 1 egg • 3 drops yellow food gel • 2 drops red food gel

For the orange frosting

150g butter • 300g icing sugar • 2tbsp orange juice • 2 drops orange essence • 2 drops yellow food gel • 1 drop red food gel •

To decorate

11tsp chocolate fudge ganache • 55 chocolate chips • 11 modelling chocolate hearts (plus gold edible dust)

To make the orange cupcakes…

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC and line a baking tray with cupcake cases
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix well with a hand mixer
  • Use an ice cream scoop to transfer 2 scoops of the batter into each cupcake case
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, then leave to cool whilst you prepare the frosting

To make the frosting…

  • Whisk the butter with a hand mixer for 5 minutes
  • Add the icing sugar in quarters and whisk until smooth
  • Add the orange essence, orange juice and food gels

To decorate…

  • Take use the tip of a wide round piping nozzle to take the core out of each cupcake
  • Fill the centre of each cupcake with ready-made chocolate fudge ganache
  • Pipe a double swirl of orange frosting on each cupcake with a star tipped nozzle
  • Put 5 chocolate chips in the space inside the frosting swirl
  • Roll out the modelling chocolate, cut out 11 hearts and brush gold edible dust on the hearts using a stencil
  • Place the hearts on the cupcakes, forming a roof over the frosting and chocolate chips
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Gluten-Free Honey Cupcakes

IMG_8014On Rosh Hashanah, the
Jewish new year, it is customary to dip apple in honey and wish friends and family a ‘sweet’ new year. Honey cake is also
very popular at this time of year as it incorporates this symbolic ingredient. I decided to use a simple honey cake recipe for cupcakes to give as gifts to loved ones for the new year. I can safely say that they are absolutely delicious and will make sweet treats for Rosh Hashanah (the warm spices also give them an autumnal feel so will be perfect for the coming months).

Ingredients (makes 18)

For the cake batter:

2 eggs

150g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup boiling water

200g golden syrup

1/2 cup sunflower oil

300g Dove’s Farm gluten-free self raising flour

2 heaped tsp cinnamon

3 heaped tsp ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

For the frosting/decoration:

250g margarine

500g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tbsp mixed spices

2 tbsp water

1 Crunchie bar or any other chocolate-covered honeycomb

gold decorative sprinkles


How to make the cake batter:

  • IMG_0001Preheat the oven to 160°C
  • Beat the caster sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the sunflower oil and vanilla essence
  • Sift the dry ingredients (flour, spices and bicarb) into a separate bowl
  • Add the boiling water to the syrup in a separate container and stir them until they have dissolved together (if you don’t have enough golden syrup, feel free to compensate with honey or a butterscotch syrup)
  • Add the flour mixture and syrup mixture alternately to the bowl with the other wet ingredients
  • Use an ice cream scoop to put the cake batter into cupcake cases as is a very sloppy mixture (2 scoops for regular cupcake cases or 3 scoops for larger cases – like the brown paper ones in my photos)
  • Put the cupcakes in the oven for 20 minutes and then check to see whether they need to stay in for a few extra minutes (they should be a golden brown colour, spongy and moist – do not over-bake!)


How to make the frosting and decorate the cupcakes:

  • IMG_8008Soften the margarine and cream until smooth
  • Add the icing sugar and mix together until smooth
  • Add the vanilla essence and spices (you can change the quantity of spices depending on personal preference – I’d suggest tasting as you go along until you’re happy)
  • If the frosting is too stiff, add tablespoons of water and mix again until you have your desired consistency
  • Put the Crunchie (or honeycomb) into a ziplock bag and crush it with the end of a rolling pin – you want a range of different sized chunks and lots of crumbs, too
  • Pipe a swirl of frosting onto the cupcakes and sprinkle the honeycomb crumbs/chunks on top before the frosting sets
  • Alternatively, use gold coloured decorative sprinkles to complement the earthy toned honey cake and spiced frosting

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have enjoyed baking these honey cupcakes! I shall definitely be serving them again next Rosh Hashanah 🙂 Shana Tova to all my Jewish blog followers!