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Cardamom & Orange Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes | 22nd October 2009 | By

Here is the first of the promised cupcake recipes. I’d recently indulged in some cardamom chocolate and it was so delicious and worked so well, I was keen to try it out in cake format. I took Nigella’s Cappuccino Cupcakes recipe as a starting point and adapted it somewhat. This is how I did it:

  • Creamed 125g unsalted butter with 125g soft brown sugar
  • Ground seeds from 8 cardamom pods in a pestle & mortar then beat into butter mixture with grated zest of 1 orange.
  • Beat in 2 large eggs (had run out of duck eggs) one after the other.
  • Sieved in 125g flour (1/2 wholemeal, 1/2 gluten free) with 2 tsp baking powder and 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
  • Mixed in 3 tbsp milk.
  • Divided this between 12 cupcake cases and baked at 180C in a preheated oven for 18 mins.

Whilst these were cooking, I made the icing.

  • Melted 100g milk chocolate (35%) and allowed to cool slightly.
  • Creamed 75g butter with 75g icing sugar.
  • Mixed in chocolate and 1 tbsp orange liqueur.
  • Iced the cooled cupcakes and decorated with a Minstrel.
As I’d hoped the flavours here worked really well together. The texture was good although not quite as light as the chilli cupcakes. The icing was so good I could have eaten the whole bowl. Luckily for those concerned, I managed to restrain myself.


  1. Chele

    25th October 2009 at 7:45 am

    Hmmm – the jury is still out for me on the whole chocolate and cardamom flavour combo. I had a white choc and cardamom cheesecake at one of my fave bars / places to eat and it didn’t rock my world while everything else I have tried from there has. Might have to try these to see if it was just the cheesecake ….

  2. Choclette

    25th October 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I have to say cardamom in cheesecake doesn’t sound wonderful. The cupcakes proved popular, so might be worth trying it with a darker chocolate? Try the milk chocolate & cardamom 100g bar from M&S – I defy you not to like that!

  3. Chocolate Shavings

    27th October 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Chocolate, orange and cardamom? Yum!

  4. Kath

    29th October 2009 at 9:10 am

    Love this combination, I was thinking about cooking a cardamom, coffee and chocolate cake that I spotted in the October issue of Olive for our Halloween party this weekend, the cupcakes are also tempting. Can you have too much chocolate cake?? What a silly question!

  5. Choclette

    29th October 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Can you have too much chocolate cake? It depends on how good the chocolate cake is!

  6. cakeboule

    16th January 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I just came across this one. I just made some cardamon and clementine shortbead which we all really liked but was worried about using cardamon as this is a first for me. As they liked it perhaps it’s cupcakes next then.

  7. Choclette

    17th January 2012 at 7:14 am

    Cakeboule – I think with cardamom, it just depends how much you use. It does go very well with orange. It’s the same combination I used in the nonnettes recently. I really like it.

  8. Kate Hackworthy

    28th April 2014 at 7:44 pm

    These sound absolutely delicious!


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