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Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

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I love making individual cakes as they’re perfect for picnics, breakfast or lunch boxes. Our latest creation are these Orange Fairy Cakes that are simple to make and delicious.

Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

How do you make Orange Fairy Cakes?

For these orange fairy cakes we use typical cake ingredients of flour, sugar and oil instead of unsalted butter or margarine. I find, at times, that this makes the bake ultra moist and light. It works really well with the orange flavour. We also use self raising flour for ease but you can also use plain flour and a little baking powder or baking soda if you wanted instead.

To give the orange flavour we simply add fresh orange juice and orange zest but making sure you add the grated zest before juicing the orange – you’ll get really messy otherwise! We use standard oranges for this recipes but blood oranges or even clementines would work well too.

Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

You can make these little orange cakes in tiny fairy cake cases or in bigger muffin cases and in bigger cases the mix creates 18 cakes – many more if using smaller cases. If making tiny cakes, make sure you bake them for a shorter amount of time – maybe ten minutes – or they’ll burn really easily.

I finish these moist orange cakes with a drizzle of icing made with icing sugar, water and some orange juice, orange flavouring or orange extract. It gives a nice colour to the icing and tastes great too. You could always leave them plain or add some orange cream cheese frosting instead – whatever you feel like!

These simple cakes are a really versatile bake that the whole family will love. They’re perfect for any occasion from school bake sales to an afternoon tea spread and we make them with no occasion or excuse in mind!

If you’re looking for other recipes to try, here’s our chocolate butterfly cakes, cherry bakewell fairy cakes and chocolate loaf cake. You can see all our recipes to date here.

Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

What equipment do you need to make these basic fairy cakes?

You will no doubt have most of the equipment you need for this recipe at home already but, in case it helps, here are the things we use to bake these cakes at home:

These are pretty much staples for baking in any home kitchen and once you have them you won’t need to replace them often.

Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

Here’s our Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe recipe:

Makes: 16 cakes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 110ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml semi skimmed milk
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 400g self raising flour

Decoration

  • Icing sugar
  • Orange juice/orange flavouring

Recipe

  • Preheat oven 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Line muffin trays with paper cases. You can either use two muffin tins or bake a dozen muffins before doing the rest.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Divide the mixture between the cake cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown on top.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • When completely cool, add the orange juice or orange essence to the icing sugar along with a little water and stir until you have a nice, icing consistency and drizzle over the muffins.
  • Leave to set and enjoy.

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Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

These simple cakes are a really versatile bake that the whole family will love. They’re perfect for any occasion from school bake sales to an afternoon tea spread and we make them with no occasion or excuse in mind!
Course Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cakes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 110 ml vegetable oil
  • 250 ml semi skimmed milk
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 400 g self raising flour

Decoration

  • Icing sugar
  • Orange juice/orange flavouring

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Line muffin trays with paper cases. You can either use two muffin tins or bake a dozen muffins before doing the rest.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Divide the mixture between the cake cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown on top.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • When completely cool, add the orange juice or orange essence to the icing sugar along with a little water and stir until you have a nice, icing consistency and drizzle over the muffins.
  • Leave to set and enjoy.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Orange Fairy Cakes Recipe

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