My Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Cupcake Recipe

Hi and welcome back.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summertime as much as possible. For me, it has involved long dog walks in the sunshine and indoor picnics when the weather has not been so good.

One flavour I always miss as a coeliac and dairy free, is chocolate orange. Anyone else the same? Let me know what flavours you miss.

I decided to create this recipe one afternoon in lockdown when I had left over oranges and wanted to try baking gluten and dairy free cupcakes. They were so easy to make and tasted so good. My family, who I was self-isolating with at the time, ate them in a day and when I added my Chocolate Orange Buttercream on the second batch, they tasted even better.

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To make these cupcakes gluten and dairy free, you just need to use gluten free plain flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, dairy free butter and dairy free cocoa powder.

Simply cream your butter and sugar together as normal. Add the eggs, flour and cocoa powder and mix. Add the zest and juice of your orange (s) and spoon into cupcake cases. Bake for 20 minutes before leaving to cool and then decorate!

So I am sharing the recipe with you today. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know in the comments if you try out this recipe. I look forward to seeing your re-creations on Instagram, so as always please tag me using #livingcoeliac.

Speak to you next month! Can’t believe we are already over half way through this year. Chrissi. -x-

My Easy Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

An easy recipe for the best gluten and dairy free chocolate cupcakes that are packed with orange flavour.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Servings 12


  • standard cupcake tray


  • 124 g cooking butter dairy free
  • 120 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder dairy free
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp xanthum gum


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and xanthum gum.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture, mixing to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix to combine.
  • Add the juice and zest of 2 oranges and stir to mix.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and leave to cool before decorating.
Keyword chocolate cupcakes, cupcakes, gluten and dairy free recipes, gluten free cupcakes

I love how simple it is to make some truly decadent gluten and dairy free Chocolate Orange cupcakes. The recipe is just an adaptation of my Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes which you can find here if you want a basic recipe.

If you are struggling to find gluten free self raising flour, check out my blog post on my Plain Flour Cupcake recipe for an easy substitute. You can find the recipe here (it is so simple to do!).

To decorate, I simply creamed 100 g dairy free butter and 200 g icing sugar together with 2 tsp cocoa powder and the juice of another orange. I then piped onto the cupcakes but you can add other decorations. Orange segments dipped in dairy free chocolate would be a great idea.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter for more tips and advice on gluten free diets, an early look at recipes coming this month and more.



I'm Chrissi, a lover of all things food. I love re-creating and adapting recipes so they are gluten free, looking for new gluten free places to eat and more -x-

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