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Scrumptious chocolate and orange Jaffa Cake cupcakes with a hidden Jaffa Cake, chocolate buttercream frosting and a Jaffa Cake on top! 

Jaffa cakes

Oh hey Jaffa Cakes… its been a while! In fact, I have only done one recipe using them on my blog which is a bit of a travesty to be honest! This recipe is the beginning of changing that… Jaffa Cake cupcakes! 

I have had oodles and oodles of requests for another Jaffa Cake recipe and wasn’t really sure where to start… I have so many ideas and plans all of the time that I just had to randomly pick one! 


I thought the best base for these Jaffa Cake cupcakes would be a similar idea to my Oreo cupcakes – for these that made it a hidden Jaffa Cake at the bottom of the cupcake case, a chocolate cupcake mixture with a hint of orange flavour, and orange flavoured chocolate buttercream frosting. 

Obviously, there there is a bit of decoration on top with some sprinkles and then a Jaffa Cake as well, but that’s a given! And before anyone says anything… yes I am aware that the original Jaffa Cake’s are technically apricot flavour. I went with orange. 

Jaffa theme

I wanted the Jaffa cake on the bottom of the cupcake so that there was a bit more to this bake – I didn’t fancy trying to involve jelly in this (although there is an option mentioned below where you can core out some of the cupcake and fill it with jam/marmalade instead! 

I gave the cupcakes and buttercream a hint of flavour with 1/2 tsp of orange extract each so that there was a hint of flavour, but not too much to make it too much of a ‘chocolate orange’ bake if that makes sense… just makes it a bit more fun then just chocolate! 

Baking cups and piping tips

I used my favourite orange polka dot baking cups for these because I thought they suited the bake so so much, and I am in love! It brings out a bit more of the theme!! Obviously, the cupcake cases aren’t massively important but I try! 

I also used my favourite 2d closed star piping tip because it creates the most beautiful swirl ever… I realise I pretty much only use this piping tip but that’s because I just love it beyond any other! 


Obviously, you can use whatever flavour Jaffa Cake that you want (As there are so many now…!) but I just had to use the originals! I think they are the best by far!!

If you want to adapt the flavourings for the cupcake and/or buttercream you can as well! Or you can add some zest to the decoration instead of sprinkles or swell as – the choice is yours!

More Jaffa recipes

These aren’t my only Jaffa cake themed bake as I mentioned above. This recipe joins a Jaffa Cake trifle and a Jaffa Cake cheesecake – YUM!

If you have any recipes questions, leave them below!! I really hope you enjoy the recipe and sorry it took so long to post another Jaffa Cake recipe! X

Jaffa Cake Cupcakes!

Scrumptious chocolate and orange Jaffa Cake cupcakes with a hidden Jaffa Cake, chocolate buttercream frosting and a Jaffa Cake on top! 
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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

  • 150 g unsalted Butter
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 125 g self raising flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 12 Jaffa Cakes

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 150 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 275 g icing sugar
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract


  • 12 Jaffa Cakes
  • Orange sprinkles


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!
  • Add a Jaffa Cake to the bottom of each cupcake (I do chocolate side up).
  • Beat the unsalted butter with the light brown soft sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, self-raising flour, cocoa powder and orangee extract 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 cocoa powder on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
  • Add in the orange extract and beat again until smooth.

For the Decoration!

  • Using a 2D closed star piping tip, or whatever piping tip you prefer, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes (or use whatever piping tip you prefer!)
  • Sprinkle on your chosen sprinkles and add on a Jaffa Cake!


  • I used the classic Jaffa Cakes but you can use any flavour you fancy!
  • I also know Jaffa Cakes are technically apricot flavour jelly but I just stick with orange extract (the extract is also optional!). 
  • These cupcakes will last 3 days at room temperature! 
  • I used a 2D closed star piping tip to decorate my cakes as they get the nice swirl!
  • I use these beautiful baking cups in my baking as well. 


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  1. Sarah Hills on February 20, 2024 at 6:34 pm

    5 stars
    These are some of the best cupcakes I have ever made!! The Jaffa at the bottom just totally makes it! I froze them and even defrosted they were great…

  2. Cynthia Caton on November 18, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Just a quick question are these cupcakes suitable to freeze with having the jaffa cake in the bottom?
    Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 28, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Yes absolutely, for up to 3 months! Hope this helps! x

  3. Clare on November 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    Hi can I ask how do you measure each cup cake is exactly the same , measurment wise.

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

      Hiya! I use a 5cm cookie scoop to measure out my cupcakes! Hope this helps! x

  4. Jodie on September 14, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Love all your recipes 😊 could this be made as one cake? For a two layer cake would you up the quantities to 200g? And 5 eggs? Thank you!

  5. Sophie on August 4, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Jane, are you able to use zest and/or juice of an orange instead of the extract? If so what measurements would you recommend? 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 5, 2022 at 11:10 am

      Hiya! Yes, I would use the zest of 1 large orange! Hope this helps! x

  6. Bhagyashree on September 26, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Superb recipes….can u plz also suggest egg substitute in ur recipes…

  7. Melissa Grissam on August 1, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Hi, can’t wait to try these. Which hot chocolate from your link did you use ? Would it take the 100% to get the buttercream and cupcake as dark as yours ?

  8. Saira Y on July 1, 2021 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    HI Jane!
    I made these yesterday for fun and OMG the smell as they baked was amazing! Loved this recipe and they tasted amazing!!!!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 2, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Hiya! Hahaha yes they smell like heaven don’t they. I am so happy you loved them!xx

  9. Miriam Moore on June 29, 2021 at 11:15 am

    5 stars
    Hi, I can’t wait to make these as Jaffa Cakes are a huge favourite in our house! I only have large eggs – I’ve read the comment you posted saying to use 175g of butter and sugar but could you tell me how much flour and cocoa powder I should use please? Thank you 😊

  10. Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes on June 5, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these cupcakes look amazing 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      You are very welcome :)x

  11. Jivan Dios on June 3, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    5 stars
    Unbelievably delicious! Thanks so much.

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 4, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so much!xx

  12. Lizzie on May 30, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Hey, if making this with large eggs, should I increase the amounts of other ingredients? Thanks for your help, so looking forward to making these!! 😀

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Yes I would increase the proportions so for 3 medium eggs I do 150g, for 3 large I do 175g if that makes sense!

  13. Kayla on May 30, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Jane! This recipe looks great, but I just wanted to say I love the photography you have done!

  14. Lauren Bentley on May 29, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Omg thank you so much for posting these! Jaffa cakes are my Dad’s favourite and I can never find a good recipe it make them for him, defos doing these next weekend. Also my Mum’s favourite ever flavour is coconut and she loves cake, again I can never find a good coconut cake themed recipe, please please please can you do one?! Because I will be amazing if you did it!!

    Thank you xxx

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