Citrus Chocolate Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 16 mins

Very soft decadent, yet low-fat cupcakes. These do not contain egg and can easily be made vegan. Un-iced, they are still extremely good cake-like muffins. NOTE: these cupcakes had a VERY mild citrus flavour. I have since added orange zest to the recipe for a more prevalent citrusy flavour.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl combine flours, sugar, cocoa and baking soda.
  2. In a large bowl combine juice, water, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and orange extract (if desired) and orange zest.
  3. Add flour mixture to the juice mixture; stir until just moistened.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spray 12 medium muffin cups or use paper liners.
  6. Fill cups half full with batter.
  7. Bake at 375F 13-16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Most Helpful

A nice low fat muffin (type cupcake). I used all fresh squeezed orange juice (instead of water) and just added a tbsp. or so of water because the batter was really thick. I have old small muffin tins and this made just barely 12 muffins. We enjoyed these and I have frozen half of them for luncbox treats. Thanks for posting!

ladypit May 17, 2009

Great! I'll sure make them again. Had to add some extra water though.

Marija P March 02, 2007

These were great! Chocolate-tasting, chewy and yet soft. I used the juice of one large orange and also the zest of it. So pleased I have found this. Thanks for sharing.

Chef Dudo May 01, 2006