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Moist, tangy, flavor-full, mouthwatering cupcakes! This is the best way to describe these babies.

Orange-Ginger Chocolate Cupcakes

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 each
Author Chef Maria Cummins


  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup natural cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • Form a crater in the middle and pour in the water, oil, vanilla, orange juice, ginger and orange peel.
  • Stir gently to combine, then pour in the vinegar and stir gently to thoroughly mix it in. Avoid over-working the batter.
  • Line a cupcake tin with paper liners. Fill each cup to about 2/3 full, being careful not to overfill.
  • Place the tin on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes in the tin. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • As the cupcakes cool, whip up the frosting. In a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer, blend the vegan margarine on medium-high until creamy.
  • On medium speed, slowly add the powdered sugar until combined.
  • Add in the vanilla, orange juice and cocoa powder and mix to combine.
  • Keep blending for a couple minutes to make it a really light and fluffy frosting.
  • Place in the fridge to stay cool while the cupcakes finish cooling.
  • Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them up, add a little orange peel for decoration or perhaps a sprinkle of candied ginger pieces, serve and enjoy!
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