Vegan MoFo 3: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Orange “Marmalade” Frosting & Chocolate-Peanut Butter Drizzle

Cooling CupcakesDon’t be fooled by the diminutive stature of these cupcakes.  They are studly in flavor: chocolate, peanut butter, and tangy orange.  My jumping off point for these cupcakes came in at Number 4 on BuzzFeed’s 29 Ways to Honor the Glory of Peanut Butter and Jelly with Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ganache from Joanne Eats Well With Others.  Joanne’s creation sounds absolutely heavenly, and darn her, they’re beautifully frosted.  I strongly dislike (yet admire) people who know how to ice baked goods.

These are decadent treats, so I made them smaller than the average cupcake.  If you like bigger/taller cupcakes, make 14 or 16 instead of 18.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Orange "Marmalade" Frosting & Chocolate-Peanut Butter Drizzle
Serves 18
Chocolate and orange, chocolate and peanut butter. Matches made in cupcake heaven. Here a chocolate peanut butter cake gets draped in creamy orange "marmalade" frosting and drizzled with additional chocolate-peanut butter love.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
262 calories
32 g
0 g
15 g
6 g
6 g
103 g
183 g
13 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 183mg
Total Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 13g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  4. 3 tsp. powdered stevia
  5. 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  6. 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder (I use King Arthur Double-Dutch Cocoa)
  7. 2 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 2 tsp. Cafix coffee substitute powder (or use espresso powder)
  10. 1 tsp. salt
  11. 3 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 9 tbsp. water (whisk together then let sit for a minute or two)
  12. 1 small avocado
  13. 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  14. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  15. 1 tsp. peanut butter flavor
  16. 1 3/4 cups water
Orange "Marmalade" Frosting
  1. 1 orange, peeled (reserve some of the peel for garnish, if desired)
  2. 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked for a few hours
  3. 1/2 tsp. orange extract
  4. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  5. 7-10 drops stevia liquid (or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
  6. pinch salt
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Drizzle
  1. 1 cup vegan stevia-sweetened semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 heaping Tbsp. smooth natural peanut butter
  3. 2-3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  4. 1/2 tsp. peanut butter flavor, optional
Make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and lightly spray 14-18 muffins tins with oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, Cafix, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, blend the flaxseed meal mixture, avocado, and peanut butter - just enough to break down the avocado. Now add the vanilla extract, peanut butter flavor, and water. Process until very smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin tins and shake the pans to level the batter. Bake for about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pans for about 15 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.
Make the frosting
  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine all of the frosting ingredients and process
  2. until very smooth. This will take a little longer in a food processor. Pour the frosting into an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. The frosting will not harden, but will be thick and fairly liquid.
  3. When the cupcakes have cooled, use a tablespoon to pour frosting over the cupcakes. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to drizzle with chocolate.
Make the drizzle
  1. In a double boiler, slowly melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut oil, stirring to thoroughly combine. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter flavor. Remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator and drizzle them with the melted chocolate mixture. Top with orange peel, if using.
  2. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator.
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43 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo 3: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Orange “Marmalade” Frosting & Chocolate-Peanut Butter Drizzle

  1. tearoomdelights

    Aha, so now I know what these intriguing looking goodies are! I like the way you’ve decorated them, they look extremely tempting to me.

  2. Sophie33

    Waw! Waw! Waw! These lovely decorated & drizzled chocolate & PB cupcakes look fantasticly pretty & truly appetizing too!
    I love all the yummy flavours in here that you combined beautifully too! πŸ™‚ FABULISCIOUS TOO!!!! πŸ™‚ xxxx

  3. Poppy

    Oh wow, the colour of that frosting is stunning and not an artificial colouring in sight. Love it! You have been working hard Annie!

  4. biggsis

    I confess that I am not generally a fan of icing, and since we have had to go GF I have not often baked cakes – but THIS icing makes me want to bake. I bet it would be good on just about anything – or like Becky said – a spoon.

  5. laurasmess

    These cupcakes sound incredible… so much good stuff in such tasty little packages! Love the marmalade frosting. Chocolate plus orange is one of my new favourites πŸ™‚

  6. the vegan kitchen of dr caligari

    These do look divine. I’ve been baking cupcakes for days, but I’d eat a couple of yours just right now!

  7. Angela @ Canned Time

    Orange and chocolate are my absolute favorite and peanut butter is a close second sooooo Awesome! I thought these were cookies all day just glancing at the pic while driving. Now I see that yummy icing is just swallowing up the mocha cake. So glad you found that peanut butter post last spring πŸ˜‰

  8. gigiveganville

    I dig that there is no processed sugar in these babies. I have never used the liquid stevia and that frosting is delectable. I come from a family divided on marmalade. I am a marmalade lover. Great job Annie.

  9. Herbivore Triathlete

    Orange and chocolate is such a delightful combination. Loving these cute little cupcakes. I am a life long orange marmalade lover so will definitely have to try these out.

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