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Sugar Free Cup Cakes

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 2 Apr 2016 | comments*Discuss
Sugar Free Cakes Ingredients Recipe

Cup cakes are so quick to make, they are a great fall back if you suddenly discover you are short of a sweet treat at tea time. Kids love them because they are so easy to eat and they make great additions to pack lunches and picnics.

There are all sorts of sugar free recipes for anyone who wants to make cup cakes. Most are ideal for both adults and children to follow. These versions use sugar free jam, honey and granulated sweetener instead of sugar.

Chocolate Orange Cup Cakes

Try this new take on the chocolate cup cake. By using the zest and juice of two oranges you can add to both the flavour and the sweetness.


  • 200g (7oz) margarine
  • 100g (3.5oz) cocoa
  • Three tbs honey
  • Two large eggs
  • Two oranges
  • 120g (4.5oz) self-raising flour


Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Melt your margarine, honey and cocoa in a small pan over a low heat.

Carefully grate the zest of your two oranges and squeeze the juice. Stir the juice and zest in with the saucepan ingredients. Then sieve your flour into a large bowl. Stir in the hot liquid. Beat your eggs and stir those in too.

When thoroughly mixed, spoon the mixture into paper cake cases placed on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until risen. Dust lightly with cocoa powder to finish off.

Apricot Cup Cakes

These cup cakes have a fruity apricot taste. Sugar free apricot jam adds both sweetness and extra flavour. The cream cheese topping works beautifully with the apricot in the cup cake and topping.


  • Four medium eggs
  • 200g (7oz)self-raising flour
  • 200g (7oz) margarine
  • One 240g jar of sugar free apricot jam

To Make The Topping:

  • 100g (3.5oz) soft cream cheese
  • One tbs sugar free apricot jam
  • Three fresh apricots, sliced


Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Beat your margarine and apricot jam in a bowl until light and fluffy. Then beat your eggs in a separate bowl, and mix in. Sieve your flour and add to the cup cake mixture. Spoon into small paper cake cases placed on a baking sheet.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes until risen. Allow to cool. Then beat your cream cheese in a small bowl with your apricot jam. Mix well and spread on to the top of each cake. Finally, top with apricot slices.

Quick Vanilla Cup Cakes

These apparently plain cup cakes are extremely tasty. Quick and easy to make, they can be rustled up in just a few minutes.


  • 200g (7oz) margarine
  • Three tbs granulated sweetener
  • Two large eggs
  • 120g (4.5oz) self-raising flour
  • One tsp vanilla essence


Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Beat your margarine and granulated sweetener in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat your eggs separately then add to the margarine. Add your vanilla essence. Sieve your flour into a large bowl. Stir well. Spoon the mixture into paper cake cases placed on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until risen.

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Made the chocolate orange cupcakes and they were fab.Yes the mixture was a little runny (which will be down to how big/juicy the oranges are) and so they weren't the tallest cupcakes ever- not necessarily a bad thing, but they were moist and yummy and devoured by 3 under 5s.The mixture itself smelt and tasted delicious too. And to the two in 2013 above, if a friend of yours had given you this recipe would you have been so rude?Someone is sharing something they liked with us and so thank you.And as Thumper wisely said, if you can't think of anything nice to say, say nothing at all.
Mumof3 - 2-Apr-16 @ 7:57 AM
The vanilla cup cakes worked a treat, just took a lil longer in the oven and lovely with a squeeze of lime juice on them or with yoghurt ,nuts and lime zest. My toddler helped me make them...simple and delicious
Skye - 9-Feb-16 @ 7:01 AM
We made the orange chocolate cakes today and they are gorgeous! We made sugar free frosting too by mixing flour, coco powder and milk and vanilla which also adds a nice texture on top when it hardens!
Beth - 25-Jul-15 @ 11:14 PM
@Sugarfreemoney. Thanks for letting us know. Do you have any other tips or suggestions you want to add to this recipe?
SugarFreeRecipes - 2-Feb-15 @ 1:39 PM
The choc Orange cupcakes were easy to make. I cooked 6 at first, tasted bad. I added more honey & my son adores them! #win
Sugarfreemummy - 29-Jan-15 @ 5:27 PM
Just made the chocolate cupcakes as we didn't have any sugar in the house. Had to swap the cocoa powder for hot chocolate powder and we didn't have oranges! But we used your instructions and they are lovely, would definitely use the recipe again.
Suz - 6-Sep-14 @ 3:49 PM
Just been looking at your sugar free cupcakes. Your vanilla cup cakes has sugar in 2 spoons am a diabetic and am not able use this recipe ????
pam - 1-Jan-14 @ 9:29 AM
These chocolate cupcakes are just bad and taste horrible. Even the smell is not nice. They contain way to much cocao, to much orange and the batter is very runny. Even after 20 minutes in the oven the cupcakes are stil very soggy. They went straight from the cooling grid into the trash can after a tiny bite.
Elleoj - 30-Jun-13 @ 12:41 PM
My second epic fail of the day!These are really greasy, they didn't rise and the texture is awful.Also they are really pale despite leaving in oven for 5 minutes longer than recommended.To use a Scottish word - these are Minging!!!!!
Halloween Queen - 16-Jun-13 @ 1:29 PM
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