A delicious take on the classic hot cross bun – moist and tender orange-infused spiced muffins studded with chocolate chips, topped with a cross and glazed with golden syrup!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction

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Easter’s not until next month, but I thought I’d bring you a scrumptious take on the classic hot cross bun with these muffins!

These muffins are deliciously moist and tender, spiced with mixed spice, and cinnamon, flavoured with orange juice and zest, and stuffed with chocolate chips. Decorated with a cross before baking, and glazed with golden syrup whilst cooling. These are perfect if you don’t have the time to make hot cross buns!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction

I absolutely love the chocolate and orange flavour combination in muffins and bread. It’s been one of my favourite combinations since I made my Glazed Chocolate Chip Orange Bread. If you loved my chocolate and orange bread, you are going to love these!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Add these incredibly scrumptious hot cross muffins to your Easter baking list, and stay tuned for more Easter recipes from me!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction


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Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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    For the Muffins
  • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 3/4 cup (170g) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (175g) chocolate chips
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) vegetable oil
  • For the Crosses and Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 -3 tablespoons cold water
  • Golden syrup, to glaze


    For the Muffins
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Spray or butter a 12-hole muffin pan, then set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, mixed spice, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips, and orange zest. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the egg, orange juice, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin slots.
  5. For the Crosses
  6. Mix together the plain flour and the water to form a smooth paste. Spoon the mixture into a small plastic food bag, and cut a small hole off one corner, or use a piping bag. Pipe crosses over the muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 14 - 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack, glaze with golden syrup (mix 2 tablespoons of golden syrup with 1 tablespoon warm water), and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins | Marsha's Baking Addiction

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14 Comments on Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins

  1. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    February 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm (11 months ago)

    These are such pretty little muffins! They would be so pretty on an Easter brunch table =)

    • Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Shelby! 🙂

  2. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    February 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm (11 months ago)

    I love citrus-infused baked goodies! Orange and chocolate is right up my alley! These little muffins looks so cute with the cross tops! Delicious!

    • Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Melanie!

  3. Kari
    February 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm (11 months ago)

    I’ve never made hot cross buns but I’ve always wanted to give it a go because of the poem. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm (11 months ago)

      Enjoy, Kari! 🙂

  4. Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm (11 months ago)

    These muffins look absolutely divine, Marsha. I wish I could have a couple of these beauties right away! So good!

    • Marsha
      February 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Anu!

  5. Muna Kenny
    February 24, 2016 at 10:57 am (11 months ago)

    Adorable and delicious looking muffins! I don’t think that there should be an occasion where you eat particular food. If you crave it eat it. I crave fruit cake often, and can’t wait for Christmas or Thanksgiving to have it.
    These muffins look so moist, and with all the flavors you added, I can imagine how amazing your kitchen smelled when baking these muffins 🙂

    • Marsha
      February 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Muna! I agree, we should be able to eat what we want, whenever! 🙂

  6. Adina
    February 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm (11 months ago)

    They look great, I especially love that crumb!

    • Marsha
      February 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks, Adina!

  7. Priay
    March 2, 2016 at 6:21 am (11 months ago)

    You baking recipes are just too good.. I wish I could bake goodies like this one day… Uhhhhhhh

    • Marsha
      March 2, 2016 at 9:28 am (11 months ago)

      Thank you, Priay!


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