Friday, 10 June 2011

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes (Vegan)

vegan chocolate orange cupcakes

I've been attempting to make a decent vegan chocolate cupcake for some time now. I wanted to make them without egg replacer or any fancy ingredients, but although I found I could make great tasting cakes, the texture was too crumbly without egg to stick it together. This time I added a grated apple and that seemed to do the trick!
  • 250g/10oz SR flour
  • 200g/8oz soft dark brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp fine shred orange marmalade
  • 150g/6oz vegan/dairy-free spread
  • 150ml/a generous ½ cup cold water or dairy-free milk
  • 50g/2oz unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 peeled and grated eating apple
  • 50g/2oz dairy-free chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dates or chopped nuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 180C/170C Fan/Gas 5/375F. 

Cream the dairy-free spread and the sugar, then add the cocoa, grated apple and marmalade and mix well.
Add the flour, water/milk and bicarb. Blend until you have a smooth mixture.
Stir in some chocolate chips/chopped nuts etc (optional).
Spoon generously into 12 muffin/cupcake cases.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
Ice when cool (optional).

Suitable for freezing.

Orange glacé icing
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 100g/4oz icing sugar
  • A couple of drops of orange food colouring (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Add a little boiling water or some more icing sugar if needed, to make a thick, but spreadable icing.
Spread on top of each cake.

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