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Jaffa Cupcakes
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Jaffa Cupcake Recipe

In my version of Jaffa cakes, Jaffa cupcakes, I start with mini vanilla cupcakes, top them with an orange jam frosting, dip the whole thing in semi-sweet chocolate, and dust with a little orange zest.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Stefani


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons cake flour, not self-rising
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 8 teaspoons full-fat sour cream
  • 1/8 cup canola oil you can also use vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract use pure, not imitation
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Orange Jam Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons orange jam

Chocolate Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • very fine zest of one orange


Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  • Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  • Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
  • Fill mini cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
  • When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

Orange Jam Buttercream Frosting Instructions

  • Beat butter on high speed in a medium-sized mixing bowl for three minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Add jam and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Pipe a swirl onto cooled cupcakes using a large round tip. I used Wilton tip number 1A, but if you don’t have a tip, you can just cut the end off of a sandwich bag.
  • Place the cupcakes in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the frosting is frozen solid.

Chocolate Topping Instructions

  • Place chocolate chips and oil into a tall microwave-safe cup (I used a two cup Pyrex measuring cup).
  • Microwave for twenty seconds at a time (stirring in between) until all of the chocolate is melted.
  • Take the frosted cupcakes out of the freezer. One by one, grab the cupcakes by their wrappers, turn them upside-down, and dunk them into the cup of melted chocolate - making sure that all of the frosting gets covered. (If you listen carefully, you may be able to hear them squealing, “Wheeee!”) Let the cupcakes hover over the cup of chocolate until all of the excess chocolate drips off.
  • Sprinkle with orange zest while the chocolate is still wet.
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg