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Mini Orange Cakes – Perfect for Autumnal Celebrations

Orange Mini Cakes

Autumn, Cupcakes | 23rd October 2015 | By

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

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 mini orange 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. That’s a good thing in my eyes.

Orange Mini Cakes

Mini Orange Cakes

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

This recipe will make twenty four regular sized cupcakes, although you can easily halve it to produce twenty four mini cakes or twelve regular sized ones.

As these little 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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Mini Orange Cakes – The Recipe

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Orange Mini Cakes

Zesty little orange cakes that are simple to make and are sure to please old and young alike. Perfect for autumnal celebrations.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Bonfire Night, buttercream, cupcakes, halloween, orange
Servings: 48 mini cakes
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 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


  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Grate in the zest from the oranges - ensuring ½ of one is left for the buttercream - and cream some more.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour to prevent curdling if necessary.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and soda and stir gently to combine.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool in the moulds for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Orange Buttercream

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together well until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the remaining orange zest.
  • 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.
  • Beat in the food colouring if you are using it, one drop at a time until you have the colour you are looking for.
  • Spoon or pipe the mixture onto the cooled cakes and decorate with sprinkles or a little glitter if desired.


Will make 24 regular sized cupcakes, although the recipe can easily be halved to produce 24 mini cakes or 12 regular sized ones.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg


Orange is the theme for this month’s Treat Petite, so I’m sending these little cakes off in the direction of CakeyBoi and The Baking Explorer. As mentioned above, they’d 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.


  1. Sus //

    23rd October 2015 at 5:53 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      23rd October 2015 at 8:23 pm

      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.

  2. Annabel

    23rd October 2015 at 10:18 pm

    These look lovely! Simple but delicious 🙂
    Abel x

    • Choclette

      24th October 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you Annabel, they all disappeared anyway 🙂

  3. Alicia (foodycat)

    24th October 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Very pretty! Orange cakes are always a big hit with me.

    • Choclette

      24th October 2015 at 4:58 pm

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

  4. Jacqueline Meldrum

    24th October 2015 at 1:20 pm

    They are too adorable, but I still couldn’t resist Choclette!

    • Choclette

      24th October 2015 at 4:59 pm

      That’s the general idea Jac 😉

  5. Sisley White

    24th October 2015 at 2:26 pm

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

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:24 pm

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

  6. Tracy

    24th October 2015 at 6:36 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:00 pm

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

  7. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    24th October 2015 at 6:47 pm

    They sound delicious and a bit of citrus always makes cakes lovely I find! Thanks for linking to my cake as well

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:58 pm

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

  8. Mark

    25th October 2015 at 2:12 am

    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.


    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:57 pm

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

  9. Claudia | Gourmet Project

    25th October 2015 at 9:17 am

    perfect for my cupcakes & cocktails Halloween soiree!

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Lovely idea Claudia. Thank you.

  10. Prateek

    25th October 2015 at 1:00 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:53 pm

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

  11. Mary

    25th October 2015 at 2:50 pm

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

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Mary, it’s one of my favourite combinations 🙂

  12. Jessica {Swanky Recipes}

    25th October 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Love the use of the orange zest in the buttercream. These make for a beautiful presentation.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you very much Jessica. The zest really makes these cakes.

  13. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    25th October 2015 at 4:41 pm

    They look so gorgeous with that beautifully piped buttercream.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:50 pm

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

  14. Rosana @ Hot&CHilli Food and Travel Blog

    25th October 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Orange butter cream sounds good to me. That’s great treat for a Sunday, or any day really…. Rx

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:13 pm

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

  15. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    26th October 2015 at 1:41 pm

    The minichefs (erm, erm I) would love to whip this little bites up for bonfire night.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Haha, but of course Bintu 🙂

  16. Glamorous Glutton

    26th October 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Perfect for halloween, fireworks night or anytime really. I love the fact that they’re so tiny. GG

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:03 pm

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

  17. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    26th October 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Lovely cakes, and I am totally with you on not using too much food colouring!

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:02 pm

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

  18. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    26th October 2015 at 3:46 pm

    These look very perky! I love orange flavoured things.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Citrus is such a brilliant flavouring Sarah, so fresh and zingy.

  19. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    28th October 2015 at 6:03 am

    These look so adorable. I love anything citrus!

    • Choclette

      28th October 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Jemma, citrus is such a wonderful flavouring.

  20. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    29th October 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I love orange cake and these look so cute. I bet they went down a storm!

    • Choclette

      30th October 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Kate. Put it like this, the trays came back empty 🙂

  21. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    1st November 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I love the look of these super cute bite sized treats! Thank you for entering them into Treat Petite.

    • Choclette

      2nd November 2015 at 1:53 pm

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

  22. Stuart Vettese

    4th November 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks so much for taking part in Treat Petite – these look so tasty and cute!

    • Choclette

      4th November 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Stuart. I’ve got a real thing at the moment for cute cakes.


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