Helen Knowlton writes that these simple, moist, slightly sweet cakes make a delicious accompaniment to a cup of tea.
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup buttermilk
How to Make It
In a bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and beat well. Beat in orange juice.
In another bowl, mix flour, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then the buttermilk, followed by the rest of the flour mixture, until just incorporated. Spoon batter equally into 24 buttered miniature muffin cups or 12 regular muffin cups (1/3 cup).
Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until tops are lightly browned and a wooden skewer inserted into the center of one muffin comes out with moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Invert pan to remove cakes. Serve warm, or let cool to room temperature.
The Orange Tea Cakes are not too sweet and have a slight bitter taste I guess because of the orange zest. They are not that flavorful to me, I only taste orange zest. I didn't like them much, I will not make again.
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