Yummy Spanish Orange Syrup Cupcake Recipe

Make these sticky yummy cupcakes ahead of time to let the syrup soak through.


  • 2 medium, seedless sweet oranges, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour

for the syrup

  • 1 peeled orange rind, from cupcake recipe
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 325F (160C).  Place 12 paper baking cups in a muffin pan.  In a saucepan, cover the oranges with water.  Simmer until tender about 15 minutes.  Cool.  Drain the oranges and puree in a food processor.  In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light.  Slowly beat in the eggs.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients, along with the orange puree, until well combined.  Spoon the mixture into the cups.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and cool.

To make syrup, thinly slice the orange rind, removing the pith.  Cut the orange rind into thin strips.  In a pan, bring the sugar and water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Add the orange strips and boil uncovered for 5 minutes, or until tender.  Spoon the syrup onto each cupcake.  Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

makes 1 dozen

Add a Gourmet Recipe Touch:

  • blood orange syrup cupcakes – Prepare the basic cupcake recipe, subsituting blood oranges for the sweet oranges.
  • orange & lemon syrup cupcakes – Prepare the basic cupcake recipe, adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the orange puree.  For the syrup, zest 1 medium lemon and add with the orange zest to the water and sugar syrup.
  • grapefruit & orange syrup cupcakes – Prepare the basic cupcake recipe.  Add 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice to the orange puree.  For the syrup, zest half a medium grapefruit and add it with the orange zest to the water and sugar syrup.

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