Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate and orange is the ultimate flavour combination. Sweet and rich, yet zesty and fruity. I'm still waiting on Terry to make a dairy free version, but until then I'll stick with these. Easy to whip up, chocolatey, moist cupcakes with a zesty chocolate top, and no dairy in sight.

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes:

  • 5oz self raising flour
  • 1oz cocoa powder 
  • 6oz caster sugar 
  • 6oz dairy free spread  
  • 3 medium eggs 
  • zest and juice of 1 large orange 

For the topping:
  • half a large bar of dairy free chocolate 
  • zest of 1 orange 

1. Cream the dairy free spread and sugar together until light and fluffy - use an electric whisk if you like, but it really doesn't matter
2. Beat the eggs in one at a time, followed by the fresh orange juice and zest. You may find that you need to add a tiny bit of flour with the eggs as dairy free spread can split in a cake mix more easily than the dairy options 
3. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder gently, making sure to keep as much of the air beaten into the mix as possible 
4. Divide the cake mixture between 12 cupcake cases and bake in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for 20-15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean and the top is spongy 
5. Once they've cooled completely, melt the chocolate and spoon over the cakes before topping with orange zest. For a more orangey flavour, you could use melted dairy free orange flavoured chocolate, but the flavour is delicious either way

Happy baking!

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