Little orange-almond cupcakes for National Cupcake Day 2015!

Mini orange almond cupcakes for National Cupcake Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comRemember earlier this month when I announced that today, February 23rd, is Canada’s Third National Cupcake Day – raising money for SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country? That’s right –  today is all about cupcakes – and raising money to help animals in need all around Canada.

Mini orange almond cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m excited to announce that I am *this* close to reaching my fundraising goal and am hoping that this post and recipe will help me reach my goal.  I’m not able to host a bake sale today so I’m hosting a  virtual/ in real life event – I’m posting the recipe here and “in real life” I’ll take them to work today to share with my colleagues (‘cos sweet treats are always welcome on a Monday morning!).

Mini almond orange cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese are mini cupcakes – my favourite kind, really, because it’s *just* enough of a sweet hit – sometimes cupcakes are ginormous these days! These are made with almond and all-puprose flour so they are a denser kind of cake, not unlike a financier, and topped with a simple cream cheese frosting. Since I’m a zest fan, I’ve topped these with a little clementine zest (and there’s zest in the cakes too!). Bright clean flavours for a dull, chilly Monday…

Orange almond cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Little orange clementine cupcakes

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Mini cupcakes made with almond flour with loads of zest!

Yields 20 minis


  • 60g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 55g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • zest of 1/2 an orange or 1 clementine
  • 40g almond meal
  • 50g (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60mls (1/4 cup) orange juice
  • 1 egg white

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 125 cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4-1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange zest (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with an electric hand beater or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale in colour and smooth.
  3. Add the egg and zest and beat to combine well.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, incorporate the almond meal, flour and baking powder. the mixture will be quite stiff.
  5. Add the orange juice, stirring gently to combine.
  6. In a separate bowl, whip the egg white to soft peaks.
  7. Fold the egg white into the almond meal mixture, being careful not to over-mix.
  8. To fill mini cupcake liners, use a teaspoon or place the batter into a piping bag and pipe the mixture into the baking cups.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  10. Serve with a sprinkle of icing sugar or allow to cool completely before icing.
  11. To make the cream cheese frosting:
  12. Combine cream cheese, zest and butter with an electric hand-held beater or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until soft and creamy.
  13. Gradually add the icing sugar (to taste – I like mine on the tart side), mixing to combine well.


Happy Monday, all!

National Cupcake Day 2015 on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Support me in helping animals in need!

Today, I’ll be sharing these cupcakes with my colleagues in return for donations.  However, if you like the look of the recipe here today, you’re welcome to donate too. If you’d like to visit my “online bakery”,  just head to my personal page (updated each year) on the National Cupcake Day website, where you will be able to donate to the cause.

Donations will help shelters across Canada give a surrendered cat or dog a new forever home, rescue a neglected or abused animal and give them a second chance at a new life, and provide emergency surgery injured animals. Go on, the cats and dogs of Canada will thank you :)


Other cupcakes you might also enjoy:
National Cupcake Day 2013: Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
National Cupcake Day 2014: Jaffington Cupcakes

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7 Responses to Little orange-almond cupcakes for National Cupcake Day 2015!

  1. Mr. Neil February 23, 2015 at 08:06 #

    It also happens to be Rotary International’s Birthday – another great reason to celebrate!

    These are the perfect size…now I wish I had a tray I could have brought to MY work – I could have done a bake sale. 😉

  2. Paula February 24, 2015 at 18:35 #

    I hear you re the ginormous cupcakes these days, especially the icing! I have no idea how to eat them. Yours are perfectly sized and the flavour sounds lovely. Lucky your co-workers! I hope you reach your fund-raising goal for such a worthy cause.

    • Mardi Michels February 26, 2015 at 05:41 #

      Thanks Paula!

    • Mr. Neil February 27, 2015 at 08:28 #

      Paula, you can start a new social media campaign, am sure it will tend: #cupcakesfornongluttons

      • Mardi Michels February 27, 2015 at 08:43 #

        Actually it’s part of #minifyallthethings 😉


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