If you know me at all, you know how much I love to bake, and cake and cupcakes in particular, so when I found this gourmet cupcake flavor as I looked through offerings as cupcake shops, I thought it was perfect for my book, and even more perfect to develop a version of my own–and let me tell you, these babies are terrific!

First I list the quick version–using a box mix, then I’ll give you the ingredients for my homemade mix (which I prefer when I do cakes of any kind and I make in bulk for quick use). This cupcake as a light citrus taste with just a touch of cardamom–a perfect combination for my classy concert pianist character Adrianna from Blank Slate.

Orange-Cardamom Cupcakes

Orange-Cardamom Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 box of white or yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 C Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp orange extract
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • Orange food coloring.
  • From scratch cupcake mix (to use instead of the box mix).
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cups butter, margarine, or shortening


  1. Mix all ingredients and separate into prepared cupcake pans.
  2. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
  3. Makes about 20 regular-sized cupcakes. 


When I make this in bulk, I mix all of the dry ingredients, then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender, but you can soften your butter or margarine and cream it with the butter, add the eggs and milk from the above recipe and then add the other ingredients one at a time, saving the flour for last, adding at half-cup increments. Bake according to directions above. Frost with your favorite frosting. Adrianna prefers cream cheese, but vanilla is almost as good!

Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 115 Total Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 19mg Sodium 203mg Carbohydrates 23g Fiber 1g Sugar 12g Protein 2g
Nutrition data calculated and provided by Nutritionix.

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