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How To… make Delicious (No Dairy) Marmalade Ginger Cupcakes (Guest Post)

| April 1, 2011 | 26 Comments

Aaaaah today we have an extra special Guest Post for you -not only is it scrummily delicious, but it is by the lovely Bev from I Bake Without! As you will find out below, Bev started baking “without” when discovering that her young son had a number of food allergies – rather than take the joy and fun out of food, she put it back in! And I think these cupcakes are PERFECT for the (Uk) Mother’s Day just around the corner… quick quick go and make some for your mum!

Visit her wonderful blog I Bake Without for lots of yummy recipes, from Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes to Choc Chip Cookies.

Over to Bev!

No Dairy, No Egg Marmalade Cupcake Recipe

I am so excited to be doing my first guest post here on RedTedArt. I hope I do this fabulous blog justice. I am certainly no great writer but I do love to bake, craft, garden and especially to bake (or did I already say that?)!
My love of baking was certainly challenged when at a few months old my youngest Levi was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. These include; eggs, dairy, all types of nuts, soya and most strangely potato. Let’s say I saw this as an obstacle that I was sure could be overcome. I wanted my little man to be able to have birthday cakes and the occasional treat and that would mean learning to bake in a whole new way. Luckily the web is a treasure chest of ideas so through that and a lot of experimenting I have gradually found ways to replace eggs and dairy in baking so that really you cannot tell the difference. My other son Ollie is just as happy with my offerings and I am happy that the crumbs are safe crumbs.

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This recipe is really a mixture of lots of recipes. When I was younger I remembered making a marmalade ginger cake from a cookbook with my mum and have always loved ginger cake, the smell and the sticky deliciousness of it. I am pleased to say that my little Levster has inherited more than just my crazy hair and that this is his very favourite cake. You can either bake cupcakes as I do or make a larger cake, you just need to increase the cooking time should you make a bigger cake.

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For me a recipe should be as simple as possible, no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen to create a few cupcakes and for this recipe you really don’t have too. The cake is quite light, a little spice from the ginger and cinnamon and a lovely delicate orangey flavour from the marmalade. You can make a darker version be replacing the golden syrup with black treacle, I did this for Christmas and it went down very well. Sometimes I just drizzle with a glaze of icing sugar and orange juice but this time I used an orange butter cream frosting.

These cakes do not use any special or remarkable ingredients and if you make them please do replace the dairy free butter with ordinary if you are ok with dairy. Do not think they are just for allergic people. These cakes are for everybody and anybody who loves cake.

Marmalade Ginger Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.

Take two bowls. In one bowl mix the “Dry Mix”;

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

In the other bowl whisk together “Wet Mix”;

  • 100g dairy free margarine (like Pure) , very soft or melted
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 125g marmalade
  • zest of 1 orange (save juice for frosting)

Make a hollow in the dry mix and gradually mix the wet mix into this until everything I combined. Spoon this into cupcake cases about ¾ high. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 12-15 minutes until golden. When you put a knife into them it will come out clean. Leave to cool completely before icing.

Orange Butter Cream Frosting

If you have a food processor this is very quick to make otherwise a little elbow grease does the job too.

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g dairy free margarine, softened
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange (optional)
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

Cream together the sifted icing sugar and margarine. Once combined and creamy add the orange zest (if using) and then the orange juice.

For me this created just the right spreading consistency but feel free to add more orange juice should you need to.

Spread or pipe onto cakes, I used a teaspoon. Decorate as you like; I used homemade candied orange peel.

No Dairy, No Egg Marmalade Cupcake Recipe

A little warning. When letting a two year old lick the bowl out with a spoon, turn you back at your own peril for it is likely he may decide to use the bowl as a hat…..


One last note. If you do invite a child with allergies to a birthday party do remember they love cakes and treats too. Please include them. There are so many things you can make and the look on that child’s face when they realise they can eat something is just magical.

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  1. Gattina says:

    Hehehe ! that’s too cute the bowl on the head. What a good idea to create such yummy things with non allergic food.
    I saw in Egypt in our hotel the special buffet for small children. To make them eat vegetables and fruits which they probably refused at home, everything was sculptured in a flower or an animal and put so nicely on the buffet that even an allergic to vegetables one would have taste it. Which means you also eat with your eyes !

  2. Bev says:

    Thanks for letting me post here Maggy! :) I am so happy with how it looks!

  3. Jerri says:

    Hello. I’m stopping in from UBP! It’s nice to meet you!

  4. Rachel says:

    They look so yummy! (UBP11)

  5. Lindsay says:

    Looks great! Stopped by from the party… I blog at

  6. Kanesha says:

    This is so sweet! So happy to find you via UBP.

    My 3yo son is allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts – so we are always looking for good recipes that support his avoidance diet.

    My live-in mother-in-law (yup!) does most of our week day cooking. I’m sending this recipe to her right away.


  7. Looks yummy. Nice to meet you.

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    Kanesha – you MUST stop by at Bev’s blog for more non dairy non nuts recipes – she has loads!!!

  9. Bev says:

    Thanks for your messages. Kanesha, I also have some ideas for egg replacements on the Blog, so sometimes just adapting a recipe to fit can work too. Hope your little one enjoys the cakes. :)

  10. I love the recipe as well as seeing your little helper lick the bowl…or, wear the bowl! thank you for including the part about inviting a child with allergies to a party – soo many people forget how hard it is for kids with food allergies to not be able to join in on the birthday cake!1 If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Tatertots and Jello!

  11. HELEN JESSUP says:

    I’m so glad you posted this, I will certainly be checking out your blog as one of my friends twins has allergies to dairy, egg & soya & I recently posted a free from recipe for cupcakes but they were nowhere near as exciting as these!
    I will be checking out your blog now.
    Great post

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Allergies really are difficult! Sorry to hear about you friend! You must point her in Bev’s direction (links above) she is the fab chef and “Guest Poster”. Hope you enjoy the rest of my blog, though it is more crafty, then cook-y!

  12. HELEN JESSUP says:

    I have been meaning to make your bags out of magazines for ages that I saw on a video on your blog, I love reading for ideas when I can but I don’t often get the chance to put those ideas into practice! x

  13. Cat says:

    Having just found out my youngest is also allergic to eggs & dairy (just like my eldest) I can’t wait to try these out. Especially as I’m still feeding her so have to cut out eggs & dairy myself – no fun!
    I had a quick peek at your blog and I’m intrigued by substituting ground flax for egg, that’s not one I’d heard of before so I’ll also be giving that a go! Many thanks!

  14. Christine says:

    Yes, food allergies are no fun! And, the combinations of allergies are as individual as the people themselves…..I can eat potato but no wheat, dairy, egg yolks, corn or soy. And, I can have all the nuts I want. I love that you are raising awareness while showing delicious recipes at the same time :-)

  15. Kimberlee says:

    That looks positivly yummy. Visiting from Santa’s Gift Shoppe party.
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  16. Sunni says:

    Looks simply deeeeelish!

  17. Emme says:

    Love bowl hats – my toddler frequently wears an Easter basket for a hat. Ha!
    Wonderful post and those cupcakes look amazing!
    Visiting from the Momnivore’s Dilemma linkup!

  18. Bev says:

    Cat, Thanks! The flax replacement it fab for cookies. I have tried many recipes I used to use with egg and just replaced with flax “egg” and notice no difference in the cookie.

    Thanks all of you for your lovely comments! :)

  19. Latarsha says:

    I love all cupcakes that you made. That’s so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the great post.

  20. Becky says:

    They sound oh so yummy! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  21. Thanks for sharing this post over at Creative Juice! I, like Bev’s family, am “living without” much of what most people can eat…

    I will head to her blog…

    Hope to see you back soon with new ideas!

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