Orange Mini Cakes – A Perfect Bake for Any Autumnal Celebrations

Orange Mini Cakes

Autumn, Cupcakes | 23rd October 2015 | By

A couple of weeks ago, The Book Shop, here in Liskeard, had a Books Are My Bag party. This entailed a local author coming in to read to the kids, music, a living statue in the window, jugglers and more. The colour for the event was orange, so what could I do but make some orange mini cakes?

Perfect Cupcake Recipe

I’ve made cupcakes so many times now that I’ve perfected the recipe I use and tend to stick to it. I adapt it according to the quantity I need and the flavours used. It produces a light spongy cake that’s never dry but holds together well. It’s less sweet than most cupcakes I’ve come across as I use less sugar than you might expect.

Orange Mini Cakes

Orange Mini Cakes

For these orange mini cakes, I used my much loved cardamom sugar for a subtle spicy boost and lots of orange to produce zesty well flavoured cakes and topping. I made an exception to my usual rule of not using food colourings as orange was such a key part of the event. I also sprinkled on a little gold glitter to enhance the party atmosphere.

As these orange mini cakes are most definitely orange, they would be a great fit for any Halloween or even Bonfire Night celebrations you may have planned. 

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Orange Mini Cakes
Orange Mini Cakes
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Zesty little orange cakes that are simple to make and are sure to please old and young alike. Perfect for autumnal celebrations.

Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keywords: Bonfire Night, buttercream, cupcakes, halloween, orange
Servings: 48 mini cakes
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 250 g golden caster sugar I used cardamom sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300 g flour half wholemeal spelt, half plain white
  • 2 scant tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ oranges - juice & zest
Orange Buttercream
  • 150 g butter
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • ½ orange - juice & zest
  • a few drops of orange colouring optional
  • gold glitter optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Grate in the zest from the oranges - ensuring ½ of one is left for the buttercream - and cream some more.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour to prevent curdling if necessary.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and soda and stir gently to combine.
  5. Squeeze in the orange juice (you may not need all of it, and stir gently again until combined. You are looking for a softish dropping consistency and may not need all of the juice
  6. Divide the mixture between 48 mini silicone muffin moulds or tins lined with cases. You may need to do this in batches if you don't have enough moulds - I did it in two.
  7. Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool in the moulds for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
Orange Buttercream
  1. Cream the butter and icing sugar together well until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the remaining orange zest.
  3. Add a little of the remaining orange juice and beat well, followed by a bit more. You don't want to curdle the mixture, so be careful.
  4. Beat in the food colouring if you are using it, one drop at a time until you have the colour you are looking for.
  5. Spoon or pipe the mixture onto the cooled cakes and decorate with sprinkles or a little glitter if desired.
Recipe Notes

Will make 24 regular sized cupcakes.
The recipe can easily be halved to produce 24 mini cakes or 12 regular sized ones.

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Linkies

Orange (and/or black) is the theme for this month’s Treat Petite, so I am sending these off in the direction of CakeyBoi and The Baking Explorer. As mentioned above, these orange mini cakes would be great bakes for any autumnal festival, so I’m sending them off to Karen at Lavender and Lovage for Tea Time Treats as well.

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Comments

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    Sus // roughmeasures.com
    23rd October 2015

    Cardamom sugar?! Why have I not heard of this gorgeous ingredient before?! I can just imagine the taste of these little orange cakes paired with the cardamom. Delicious!

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2015

      You obviously haven’t been reading my blog enough Sus. I use cardamom sugar a lot. Just keep a handful of cardamom pods in a jar of golden caster sugar – it’s wonderful.

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    Annabel
    23rd October 2015

    These look lovely! Simple but delicious 🙂
    Abel x

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      Choclette
      24th October 2015

      Thanks Alicia. I’m so used to using orange with chocolate, it was really nice to taste just orange.

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    Sisley White
    24th October 2015

    I’m so obsessed with orange cakes at the moment. I have to make these. I love a little cute cake too x

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Sisley. Orange gives such a bright zesty flavour, I’m not surprised you like it.

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    Tracy
    24th October 2015

    Yummy, I love orange flavours – I’d be tempted to make chocolate sponges as that combination is my favourite. I like the idea of spelt flour in the sponge recipe too

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Tracy. I had wanted to make half of them as chocolate sponges, but I annoyingly ran out of time.

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      You’re welcome Lucy. Citrus is one of the best cake flavours I reckon.

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    Mark
    25th October 2015

    Yes I agree about the orange flavors. In a world overrun with chocolate it’s good to see some love being shown for a great flavor. The icing looks great. Nice photos.

    Cheers….Mark

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks very much Mark. Orange is such a fresh singly flavour, it doesn’t really need much else.

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    Prateek
    25th October 2015

    These are yummy, almost feel like reaching out for one across the screen! And orange is a great choice with the changing colors of fall!

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Prateek. Probably just as well we can’t just reach into the screen whenever we felt like it, imagine the temptation 🙂

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    Mary
    25th October 2015

    I love the combination of orange and cardamom! These are so lovely!

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thank you Angie, I love that you said beautifully piped – made my day 🙂

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Rosana. I agree, though they do make great cakes for a gathering.

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Haha, me too GG, it means you can have a 2nd one without feeling guilty 😉

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Helen. It’s very not me, but sometimes you’ve just got to go with the flow 😉

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      Choclette
      2nd November 2015

      Thanks Kat. I’m just a little bit obsessed by small cakes at the moment 🙂

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