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Easy and delicious turkish delight cupcakes with a turkish delight flavoured sponge, and buttercream frosting! 

This post is sponsored by Whittard. 

Whittard hot chocolate

It’s that time of year again… it’s cold, it’s cosy, and it’s time to bake all things delicious. This year, I have partnered with Whittard again to bring you something utterly scrumptious and delicious – turkish delight cupcakes!! 

I absolutely adore Whittard products as many of my readers will know – last year I used their Christmas hot chocolate for my hot chocolate cheesecake and I still absolutely love it! The good thing is, any of their hot chocolates work well in baking, but as it’s Christmas time again, I thought we should do another festive bake!

Turkish delight

Turkish delight can now come in many flavours including banana and pistachio however my favourite is rose. Its light and fragrant and compliments chocolate beautifully!

I have had so many requests for a Turkish delight related bake for longer than I can remember, but I just wasn’t sure how to involve the flavour. The good thing about this hot chocolate is that it’s flavour combination heaven!

Sponge and eggs

For the cupcakes I went for a delicious light brown soft sugar sponge, flavoured with the hot chocolate powder – I use medium eggs so did a 150g mix of butter, sugar and flour with 3 eggs. If you want to use large eggs, use 175g of the other ingredients! 

Egg weights can really vary, but I use this ratio all of the time and it never fails! The best thing you can do though is to weigh the eggs in their shells, and match the other ingredients to that weight. So the eggs could be 160g – you would use 160g of flour, butter and sugar. 

Hot chocolate powder

Then, you add in the magical and delicious ingredient of the hot chocolate powder – I use 50g in the sponge as I find it flavours it perfectly and gives the bake a wonderful chocolatey colour. 

I have used a similar recipe before with the Whittard sticky toffee pudding white hot chocolate and it was a dream – and I love this one just as much. Such a cosy flavour – milk chocolate with a hint of rose. 


For the topping, I did an american style buttercream of unsalted butter, icing sugar and then 35g of the hot chocolate powder. It’s sweet, but perfect – look at how smooth and luscious it looks on top of the cupcakes!

For decoration, I decided to use a drizzle of chocolate because why wouldn’t we want more chocolate in this bake?! And then topped with a piece of Turkish delight for extra measure. HEAVEN. 

Make sure you check out all of the Christmas range from Whittard – whether it’s the Turkish delight hot chocolate, a different hot chocolate such as the Christmas hot chocolate or the luxury hot chocolate.. or one of their many delicious teas or coffees! I hope you love this recipe – any questions leave them in the comments below! x

Turkish Delight Cupcakes!

Easy and Delicious Turkish Delight Cupcakes with a Turkish Delight flavoured sponge, and buttercream frosting!
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Category: Cupcakes
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Chocolate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling & Decorating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 12 People
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Cupcake Ingredients

Buttercream Ingredients


  • 50 g melted chocolate
  • 12 pieces Turkish Delight


For the Cupcakes!

  • Heat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC Fan and line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cases or put 12 baking cups onto a flat tray!
  • Beat the unsalted butter with the light brown soft sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, self-raising flour and Turkish Delight hot chocolate with the butter/sugar mix until well combined.
  • Split the mixture between the cupcake cases evenly. 
  • Bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes until baked through. Leave to cool fully on a cooling rack!

For the Buttercream!

  • Beat the unsalted butter for a couple of minutes to really loosen it. 
  • Gradually add the icing sugar and Turkish Delight hot chocolate on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
  • If required, add 1-2 tbsp of boiling water or whole milk to soften! 

For the Decoration!

  • Using a 2D closed star piping tip, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes (or use whatever piping tip you prefer!)
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the buttercream. 
  • Add a piece of Turkish Delight (and a sprinkling of icing sugar if you fancy) and enjoy!!


  • This recipe is sponsored by Whittard. 
  • I used the Whittard Turkish Delight hot chocolate flavour, but any of their hot chocolates will work as well!
  • Any hot chocolate that is designed to be used with water won't work as well, and most other hot chocolates don't work as well either and go lumpy/not have as strong a flavour. 
  • These cupcakes will last 3 days at room temperature! 
  • If you can’t access the hot chocolate, you can use normal cocoa powder and just have the Turkish Delight piece on top for decoration! 
  • I used a 2D closed star piping tip to decorate my cakes as they get the nice swirl!
  • And I used some Christmas baking cups from Iced Jems!


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  1. Jean Coope on January 19, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Jane, just got the hot chocolate from whittards in York who have kept the Christmas cozy range on yay! But where did you get the Turkish delight pieces from?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 30, 2023 at 11:24 am

      Hiya! They are just regular pieces of Turkish delight – you can find it in most large supermarkets or sweet shops. Hope this helps! x

  2. Lorraine on November 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Hiya, just wondered if this can be converted to a 1lbloaf cake instead of cupcakes? I don’t have a muffin tin or muffin cups and I wanted to make it for a birthday gift. Tia 🍰

  3. Karly-Marie on October 26, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    I’ve just ordered some Turkish delight hot choc powder. If I was to do 175g recipe, would I up the cocoa powder to 75g instead if 50g

    Thank you!

  4. Free World on August 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    5 stars

  5. Paul+Gilbert on April 9, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Hi Jane. I managed to find the Wittards Turkish Delight Hot Chocolate on EBay which I paid £32.00 for 2 which is expensive but I’m sure it will be worth it. I’ll comment once I’ve made them.

  6. katy grant on March 23, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Why didn’ t you try using Rose Flavoured butter cream, topped with grated choc? 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 26, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      Hello! Because this post was designed to use the Whittard hot chocolate x

  7. Chris on March 7, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Hi Jane!
    I can’t get hold of any of the Turkish Delight hot chocolate and I’ve read that someone asked earlier about subbing it for Rose syrup, would the Nielsen Massey Rose Water be a good substitute?
    Thanks 😊 xx

  8. Paul Gilbert on February 6, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I know you can’t get the Wittards Turkish Delight Hot Chocolate but is there an alternative way to make these cupcakes? They look delicious

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 6, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      You can try chopping up small bits of Turkish delight instead with cocoa powder, but generally I found the hot chocolate the easiest way!

  9. Cheryl on January 7, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Hello, I want to make this recipe soon but I cannot find the hot chocolate on whittard’s website. Could you post a link?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      Unfortunately the hot chocolate was a christmas special flavour so it is unavailable now – other flavours work though and there are many links to the whittards site on the post! X

    • Cheryl on January 17, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      Update: I got it from Amazon. Doing the recipe next weekend.

    • Cheryl on January 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      5 stars
      My other half loves Turkish delight so I made a cake and a batch of cupcakes for his birthday. For each cake layer I used the same quantities as for a batch of cupcakes and I filled it with the buttercream. He loved it as did family members we shared it with. Will post a picture on Pinterest. I forgot to do the drizzled chocolate!

  10. Gail McGregor on December 7, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Your recipes are fab and never fail

  11. Mel on December 7, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    5 stars
    I made these a few weeks back for someone’s birthday, they went down a treat! Everyone loved them, will def make again x

  12. shanzy on November 28, 2020 at 8:41 am

    great post.

  13. Dino on November 21, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Would you be able to make these into brownies? with a buttercream topping?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      You can follow my triple chocolate brownie recipe, and substitute the cocoa powder for 75g of the hot chocolate, and then top with buttercream!

  14. Elisha davies on November 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Jane, I have sent you an email about a problem I am having with my cakes. I was just wondering if you could get back to it ASAP. I had to send it via email as I wanted to attach a picture! Thanks so much xx

  15. Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes on November 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing, the cupcakes look lovely 🙂

  16. Sarah on November 12, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Jane , my son would love these.
    If i was to make a traditional sponge cake as a birthday cake how much hot chocolate would you add to your mix ?
    Will make these cup cakes too

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      So for one layer of an 8″/20cm cake, I would use one batch of cupcakes – so for two layers, I would double it! It will take about 30-35 minutes to bake!! x

    • Sarah Woolley on November 12, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Jane…will give it a try .
      Made your brownies tonight , recipe never fails

  17. Stacey on November 12, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Hi Jane,

    Really want to make this but the hot chocolate is quite expensive. Could I swap the hot chocolate for cocoa powder and then use some rose syrup to get the Turkish delight flavour? Xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 12, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      I would honestly say the hot chocolate is worth every single penny (all flavours also work in the same way) – but yes that can work, but rose syrup can be very over powering! x

  18. Liam Davies on November 12, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Hi Jane

    I would first like to say that I love your recipes, secondly, I was just wandering if you could chop Turkish delight into small pieces and fold them through the mix or would that not work?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      I don’t think it would have quite the same flavour as it’s small pieces rather than the actual batter – but you can certainly add pieces if you want!

    • kim on November 22, 2020 at 3:43 am

      Hi Jane.
      I’m a big fan of all you amazing treats! I want to make these Turkish cupcakes however I live in Canada and can not locate Turkish hot chocolate. Is there any other way I can get similar result using something else? I can’t get them out of my head, I think this is classified as an emergency : )

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