March 7, 2020
Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!
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Fudgey and delicious vegan chocolate orange cupcakes with a chocolate orange sponge, frosting and more!
Vegan chocolate orange cupcakes!
So.. I decided it was time to pull out the big guns when it came to my vegan baking. I wanted to do the bake, that you ALL will want, whether you are vegan or not. I wanted to do the flavour of my dreams, in vegan form… chocolate orange.
I will say from the beginning that these do literally taste like a fudgey delicious vegan version of my normal chocolate orange sort of bakes, but yeah they are also vegan. They are naturally different where you can’t use Terry’s chocolate orange, but that’s obvious.
However, one amazing new invention is the Galaxy vegan vars, AND THEY DO A CHOCOLATE ORANGE ONE. It is INCREDIBLE. And it literally tastes like Terry’s chocolate orange! I genuinely think these Galaxy vegan bars are the best vegan chocolate I have ever tasted!
I decided to base this recipe on my vegan chocolate cake because I adore the recipe so much. It does form up well with my vegan vanilla cupcakes as well though for help on proportions – but otherwise its chocolate themed through and through.
Vegan baking experimenting
Now, I am no expert on vegan baking by any means as I am not vegan myself – however… I understand the science behind it. As you are (obviously) leaving out the butter and eggs that you would normally use in a cake sponge, you have to be careful with what you replace it with.
One of the reasons it took me so long to get into vegan baking was experimenting and finding recipes that I actually liked – as many I have tried in the past have tasted of nothing, or have been rubbery balls of gross. Experimentation was key, and I got there!
Stick the the recipe!
I find that one of the keys of baking vegan is to stick to the recommendations – and DO NOT OVER MIX. Something like this really does not need much mixing. You don’t need an electric mixer for the sponge, and you just need to stir it together and you are done.
The mix is naturally a lot more liquid than a normal cake mix, so it can be a little messy when you are portioning it – but otherwise, it’s easy – split between the 12 cases, and bake! Decorate and enjoy.
I use almond milk as it’s one of my favourite non-dairy milks – but you can use pretty much any – I however haven’t tested those myself. I use stork block for the buttercream icing as it’s naturally vegan and it’s my favourite non-dairy butter – and I use Tate & lyle Icing sugar which is also vegan friendly.
Cocoa powder wise, you have to be careful – but dairy free ones do exist. At the time of writing, I use one that I buy from Makro – but all you need to do is check on the ingredients. Cocoa powder, or cacao powder work – I just prefer using Cocoa powder. Some are a ‘may contain milk’ so it’s really down to you to check, especially if you have allergies.
I make these with a mix of fresh orange sometimes, or orange extract – but you do what you fancy. The best orange extract I can recommend is the Nielsen Massey orange extract! You can obviously use this recipe for a delicious vegan chocolate cupcake, sans orange, but I am chocolate orange obsessed and all so… leave it out if you wish!
I hope you love these bad boys – I’m sure you will! If you have any recipe related questions, then leave them below in the comments. Otherwise, HAPPY VEGAN CHOCOLATE ORANGE CUPCAKE BAKING! x
Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!
- 175 g self raising flour
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 200 g light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 250 ml almond/soya/dairy free milk
- 1-2 tsp orange extract (Or zest of 1 orange)
- 75 ml vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 150 g vegan butter (I use stork block)
- 300 g icing sugar
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp orange extract
- Orange zest
- Galaxy chocolate orange (or other)
- Chocolate drizzle
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and get 12 cupcake cases ready!
- In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate, baking powder and sugar.
- Pour in your milk, orange extract, oil and vinegar, and mix until smooth.
- Try not to over mix, but make sure the lumps are gone.
- Split between the 12 cases (it will be quite runny), but stick with the 12 cases!
- Bake in the oven for about 20-22 minutes, or until baked through.
- Leave to cool fully!
- Beat your dairy free butter until smooth (it won't take long at all due to it being dairy free)
- Add in your icing sugar, cocoa powder and orange extract and beat again until fluffy and buttercream like!
- Pipe onto your cupcakes how you please, I used a 2D closed star piping tip!
- Drizzle on some melted chocolate, some orange zest, some sprinkles and some chocolate orange segments and enjoy!
- You can substitute the oil for extra virgin olive oil - I just prefer vegetable oil for baking!
- The buttercream will still be quite slack due to it being dairy free, so it doesn't hold perfectly - don't add any extra liquid!
- These will last 2-3 days once made, at room temperature.
- I don't use the Galaxy chocolate orange in the frosting as it reacts different compared to normal chocolate and solidifies very quickly. I recommend just the drizzle if you fancy it, and the pieces on top!
- Remember to double check all ingredients you use are vegan friendly.
- I use stork block for the butter, and Tate and lyle icing sugar. I also use this cocoa powder!
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Can you make this into a loaf cake using the same recipe?
Can I substitute the white wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar? I need these to be halal so I can’t use white wine vinegar
Hiya! Yes, this should be fine, enjoy! x
hi, i’m wanting to make this into a vegan chocolate orange loaf, and your vegan vanilla cake into a loaf cake too, would i alter either recipes and how long would you bake for? just using a 2lb loaf tin, obviously they all vary in size but i bought mine from wilkos
Hi Jane, could you use regular cocoa powder instead of vegan, I only need them to be eggless due to an allergy.
Yes absolutely! Enjoy! x
Hi Jane. Can I use this using normal milk? I just need it to be egg free. Many thanks
Yes you can! Always best to use full-fat regular milk though!
Hi Jane. Have glances though the comments but can’t see the answer – can this be divided into two cake tins for a sandwich cake?
Did you try this hun did it work ok?
Made these in the air fryer (12 mins 320) and forgot the oil and white vinegar…and they were still great. Imagine if I’d added the correct ingredients!!
Came out superb. Best vegan chocolate recipe! And so therapeutic to make and decorate. Thank you.
I made these this weekend for my son’s first birthday as he’s allergic to dairy, soya and egg and they were delicious! Everyone loved them! I used oat milk and also needed to add a splash of oat milk to the icing. Will definitely be making these again! Thank you 😊
They sound delicious! Enjoy! x
In the oven waiting to see how they turn out. I used lemon juice as I didn’t realise I don’t have vinegar! I hope they turn out ok! I saw your answer to another question saying it has to be white vinegar. Oops!
Just wow. Went down really well. Thanks!! Will definitely make again. And honestly could not tell were vegan!
Ahh yaya, this makes me so happy!xx
These were the best and fluffiest chocolate cupcakes I have ever made! I honestly couldn’t tell they were vegan. I made easter cupcakes with this recipe and omg. Amazing. My go to cupcake recipe from now on! Thanks Jane 🙂
Hi, this an amazing recipe thank you. Although amaxingly moist I did find it quite crumbly, is there something i didnt quite do right that made it crumbly? I did use sunflower oil. Xx
It is a bit more crumbly – but it maybe just needed a smidge more baking time! x
Can I make these gluten free as well by just changing to gluten free flour?
I haven’t tested these gluten free sorry!
Hey Jane, does the stork block need to be room temperature or cold when making the buttercream? Thanks!
I just use it fridge cold as its softer than normal butter!
Ive made many vegan cakes and non have turned out so light and evenly cooked. We had almost 2-3 servings each it was was hat light. Turned out absolutely fantastic but made some changes: 200g regular flour, 3 tsps baking powder, a few vegan orange chocolate chips (broken from 2 blocks of chocolate) , VALOR cocoa powder which is already sweetened so reduced brown sugar to 100g. . Mixed with a hand whisk, an I think that’s the trick as I just folded the batter oh so gently just a few times. Usually go at it much more and I think isnthe key to previous Dense cakes. Anyways topped it with a better cream made from spreadable 130g of vegan butter and some icing sugar (to taste) and juice of a small orange. Spread that on the top and grated two more blocks of orange chocolate.on the top. Amazing.
Can I use caster instead of brown sugar?
Can you use castar instead of brown sugar?
Absolutely loved this recipe!!! I have quite a few vegan friends and they all absolutely loved it.
All of Janes recipes are incredible and they’re my holy grail
I absolutely loved this recipe! I made these for some vegan friends and they were absolutely delicious! Although I forgot to add the oil, they were still absolutely perfect😍xxx
Would using coconut oil instead of vegetable be a mistake?
I haven’t tried it with this recipe I am afraid so I am unsure!
Made these on the weekend for my sister’s birthday, they were delicious. I used oat milk and also managed to get hold of the vegan galaxy chocolate orange.
Thank you for a vegan recipe that isn’t yuk!!! These are really easy to do and taste great, I don’t think a non-vegan could tell the difference. I used pea /oat milk in mine and added a bit to the buttercream as it was a little dry. Also used Flora Buttery in the cakes and buttercream as it has a more palatable flavour. A definite winner and a good base for other flavours!
Hi! Would I be able to use juice from an orange instead of orange extract in the icing?
You can, but the flavour won’t be as strong and can make the icing too runny x
Wow, these tasted amazing, first time making something vegan, it’s the best chocolate cupcake recipe I’ve tasted, sticking to this one, my family loved these, thankyou for sharing your wonderful recipes xx
Would this work with chopped up vegan galaxy in the cake batter, like in the regular galaxy cupcake recipe?
So far I have found baking with the vegan galaxy chocolate can sometimes have a weird texture – it’s very very good at melting, but almost too good! You could maybe freeze it for an hour or so before baking and then it should be okay! x
These cupcakes…oh my god! My fiancé is a firefighter with 1 guy on his watch a vegan, so I made these for them and none of them could believe they were vegan! The sponge is SO fudgey and soft!
Quick question: because I love the consistency of this sponge, could I just take the cocoa powder out and swap the orange to vanilla for it to be a vanilla sponge? Would that work ok do you think?
Hey! Ahhh yay!! Have a look at my vegan vanilla cupcakes for a vanilla version! xx
I’m hoping to make a chocolate orange cake for my friend but have never made anything vegan before!! Could this recipe be increased for a cake? Or would it be best to use your vegan chocolate cake recipe and change the dark chocolate for the galaxy orange chocolate?
Hey! I would follow the vegan chocolate cake – the only thing is when I have melted the galaxy chocolate orange it can sometimes go a little odd when put into buttercream – it’s why in this recipe I only use it for decoration! x
Made these for my in-laws and they were a huge success! Unfortunately due to my nut allergy I couldn’t have any cupcakes with Galaxy pieces on top but the were still delicious nonetheless! So moist and soft and tasted exactly like Terry’s Chocolate Orange, I did add a splash of soya milk to the icing though just as mine was a bit dry!
Ahh yay!! xx
Hiya if I just want to make this eggless can I use normal milk?
Also the vinegar must be white wine?
Yes but it must be full-fat/whole milk, and it needs to be a white vinegar so a different on I often use is apple cider!
I’d love to try these, they look scrummy! Just wondering where you managed to find the Galaxy chocolate orange? Thanks x
It was Tesco, in the free-from section!
These came out perfect! I’m a rubbish sweet baker as I’m egg free vegetarian but this recipe will be my go-to from now on!
Awh yay! I’m so glad you liked it!!
If I wanted to make only 6 cupcakes, do I just half the recipe?
Yes, it should work fine!
I tried this recipe without the orange. I used oat milk (skinny). Thought they tasted fantastic. Great recipe!