Orange and cardamom cakes with cream cheese icing

Orange and cardamom is such a fantastic combination and we use it a lot in cakes, but these two flavours can also be found in savoury dishes from places like Morocco and India.

Fresh from the garden: oranges, eggs
Recipe source: adapted from Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Cooking for Kids
Makes: 12 large or 24 small cupcakes


  • Cupcake cases
  • Scales
  • Measures:  ½ cup, ¼ cup, teaspoon
  • 12-hole cupcake tin
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Food processor
  • Citrus juicer
  • Bowls –  1 big, 2 medium
  • Grater, whisk, sifter
  • Wooden spoon, zester, spatula
  • 2 dessert spoons
  • Wire rack, skewer
  • Serving plates

  • 125g butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups caster sugar
  • 2 large oranges
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom


Cream cheese icing

  • 50g pure icing sugar
  • 50g cream cheese
  • 25g butter

 What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  • Drop one of the paper cases into each hole of the cupcake tin.
  • Chop the butter into small cubes and drop into the food processor. Add the sugar and mix for 1 minute.
  • While this is being done grate the zest from the oranges and place in a medium bowl.
  • Juice the oranges and add to the zest.
  • Crack eggs into the orange mixture and lightly whisk to combine.
  • In a separate medium bowl sift the flour and ground cardamom together.
  • Add the egg and orange mixture and the sifted flour alternately to the butter mixture. Process until smooth and creamy.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the cupcake tins until about 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes until cooked. Check by piercing one cake with a skewer & if clean, they’re ready! Carefully remove them from the oven and cool on the wire rack.
  • While the cake is cooking make the icing: Wash & dry the bowl & blade of the food processor.
  • Sift the icing sugar into the bowl and then mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
  • Once cakes are cool use the spatula to spread a little icing on each cake, and then arrange on serving plates. Eat! 

Notes: What other spice and fruit combinations can you think of?

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