Orange cupcakes

Orange cupcakes
Originally uploaded by framboise.

Made some orange mini cakes tonight. Found the recipe on We have a teeny weeny bit of orange curd in the store cupboard (purchased from the “Good morning young lady” honey stall at the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market), so I decided to just use that instead of making it fresh.


  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt, sifted with the flour
  • 110 g butter, room temperature
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 dessertspoon orange juice (I used the juice from a quarter of orange)
  • grated rind of 1 orange


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (that was a bit too hot for my fan oven, will have to reduce it to ~160°). Grease and line (with paper cases) a 12-hole muffin/patty tin.
  2. Mix all the ingredients (usually butter and sugar first, then eggs, then sifted flour/salt, then the orange juice/zest).
  3. Drop small amounts of the mix and tap the tin to settle the contents.
  4. Bake on the middle shelf for 15-20 min or until the cakes are risen and golden brown. Because my oven was too hot, I baked the cakes for 15 min, but the damage was already done… Those cracks are usually a result of overheating the cake mix.
  5. Cool on a rack.
  6. Cut a small inverse cone out of the top using a small sharp knife. Fill with orange curd. Slice the cone in two and arrange on top to look like a butterfly. (I didn’t take a photo ‘cos we were too greedy and just scoffed them.)

Just for the sake of completeness, Delia’s original recipe is here. Her cupcakes are prettier by far! Other fillings I thought would be quite good in the cakes are ice cream or whipped cream (perhaps with a touch of Cointreau or Grand Marnier).

Other highlight of the day: had a laugh-out-loud moment when I read that the ‘miserable failure‘ had mistaken John Prendergast for Bono. Oh, I cannae believe I’m really going to live over there for a few years…

Edit: We tried the cupcakes with some mango sorbet. Scrummy…

First posted 12 April 2005.

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