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Orange Queen Cakes

Annette Zito, KitchAnnette™
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tsp fresh orange juice, divided
  • 3 tbsp orange zest, divided
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar. Mix in nutmeg, 2 tsp orange juice, and 2 tbsp zest. Incorporate egg yolks. Add flour half at a time, mixing well.
  • Whisk egg whites until stiff then fold into batter.
  • Grease mini muffin tin or small ramekins and evenly distribute batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown and tester comes out clean. Cool for 2 minutes in the pans, then remove to wire rack to fully cool.
  • Mix powdered sugar, milk, remaining orange juice, and remaining zest in a bowl. Taste to see if it’s tart or sweet enough and adjust.
  • Holding the bottom edge of the cake, generously dip it top-first into the bowl then place on wax paper to dry.

Notes

You can use this batter in larger muffin tins, loaf pan, or layer cake pan. Adjust baking time accordingly.