Orange … or lemon muffins … or cake

IMG_5958copyMy mate, Steve, gave me this recipe.  It is called Easy Orange Cake and it’s not called that for nothing.  You won’t get an easier cake to make.

The recipe indicated the mixture could also be made into muffins.  And since there is only Maus and me, I decided to go with muffins so I could freeze some, if necessary, but they are disappearing quickly so I don’t think there will be any to freeze.

All you have to do for this recipe is put the ingredients into a food processor.  If you only have a small food processor, chop your orange in it and then put the orange and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand.  If you don’t have a food processor, don’t worry, just chop the orange as finely as you can.

After Steve gave me the recipe, I searched for it on the web, trying for find a definitive source (I am like that).  I think it may be a bit like the Chocolate Meringue Cake I made last week.  This recipe is also all over the web and why not?  It most certainly has mass appeal – it is dead easy to make and very tasty.  I don’t know where I was when these recipes became popular.  I seem to have missed every wave.

One source indicated the recipe had been published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Some of the versions used orange icing and some a cream cheese frosting but all required a whole orange chopped in a food processor.  This version has a syrup which is poured over the cake whilst it is still warm.

The muffins taste very nice cold but were sensational just out of the oven.  I have been giving the cold ones a 10 second zap in the microwave to warm them up so as to re-live that just-out-of-the-oven experience.



  • 1 orange
  • 180g butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 3 eggs


  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C.
  2. Either line with baking paper or grease a 20cm round or ring cake tin or grease a 12 cup muffin pan*.
  3. Cut the orange, unpeeled, into quarters.  Remove the pips.
  4. Put orange into a food processor and process until well chopped.
  5. Add the melted butter, sugar and eggs and process until well combined.
  6. Add the flour and pulse a couple of times until mixed in.
  7. Put the batter into the prepared tin or muffin pan.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes**, if making a cake, or about 20 minutes if making muffins.

*If using paper baking cups, the recipe will make 13.  Don’t try to squeeze them into 12 because they will overflow – I know.  If using Ikea cups (as in the photos), the recipe will make 12 small muffins and 2 normal sized ones.

** I haven’t made this recipe into a cake. The recipe said to cook the muffins for 15 minutes and I have found they take a bit longer so the cake may take a bit more than the stated 40 minutes.  Test with a skewer and, when it comes out clean, “Bob’s your uncle!


  1. Put the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has melted.
  2. Boil for a minute or two.
  3. Pour the syrup over the hot cake or muffins.  It was a bit tricky with the small muffins as the syrup kept dripping over the side.  I decided to skewer each muffin a few times to encourage the syrup to sink in.


Postscript:  After I had made these muffins and had written the above, I began to wonder how the recipe would go with a lemon rather than an orange.  I am a big fan of lemon-flavoured everything.  And … they go very well indeed.  I have just made another batch, this time using a big lemonade lemon and they are sensational.  I am sure the recipe would also work with a Meyer lemon.  I am not so sure about an Eureka lemon.  It may be a bit tart but if that is what you have, I would certainly give it a go.  This time, I also boiled the topping a little longer and it didn’t drip over the sides as much.



25 thoughts on “Orange … or lemon muffins … or cake

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  3. Hi Glenda, I made these today (yes, I bought some ikea cases!) and I’d be interested to know where you fill to. I wasn’t game to overfill as you had warned, but I think they could have taken a bit more as I haven’t got that nice muffin top. I also determined that if give them I slight squeeze or press while pouring in the syrup it creates a little fissure and it just oozes in nicely. Cheers, Maree.

    • Hi Maree great tip re the fissure. I dunno how much I filled them. The first time I made this recipe I used in the Ikea papers and they had beautiful muffin tops. The extra ones I made in cup cake baking cups over-flowed. The next two times I made them in cup cake baking cups they over-flowed. So it is a bit tricky. I would go with 2/3s full. What did you do?

  4. Glenda these look scrumptious and I love the perfect muffin top… looks a bit like my waist line 🙂 Love those Ikea muffin liners and I still have lots of them.

    • Hi Moya, As you know it is all your doing that I have those muffin cases. Haven’t made the biscuits yet. We just came back to Perth. They are high on my list. I will let you know what I think of the fennel.

  5. Love a citrus-flavored cake, especially if it has a citrus-y glaze, just like your s here, Glenda We think alike, I so rarely bake a cake because Im the only one here to eat it. Muffins, on the other hand, are so easy to store in the freezer. I do have to put them in the freezer in the basement. I’m far less likely to grab one while watching late night television. 🙂

  6. My sort of simple recipe. I need an alternative to my raspberry loaf cake (eating raspberries every day is becoming a bit of a bore 😉 so this is just what I need.

  7. What little beauties, Glenda. Peter and I have been following the ‘Eat, Fast, Live Longer’ eating pattern for a few years now i.e. we eat between 500 and 600 calories on two days of the week and today is one of those days. But – tomorrow – is not:). Blood oranges and Seville oranges are also in season at the moment. I’m thinking the blood orange would be nice to try, the Seville orange might prove a bit lip puckering. I love all things lemon too and I do like those little muffin cases – they look like mini celebrations – an Eat day celebration.

  8. Thanks! I made a recipe similar to this years ago and was amazed at how good it was. I seem to recall there were prunes in it too though. I was sure the whole orange thing would be a disaster but no, great. Those little muffin cups are beautiful too. 🙂

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