Eggless Orange CupCakes

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:5 mins   BakeTime:25 mins   Cuisine:Indian

Along with my strong passion for cooking , the main reason I started baking is just for the sake of my children!!! 

My three children LOVE oranges such that they would eat them in any form at anytime.This being my first baking related post, I wanted to start up with something my kids would love to have willingly. 

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I had quite a lot of items in my mind, to give one of them the designation of ‘My First Post’!! But, I went with orange cupcakes as they love & love & love, oranges!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂  (3 smileys for my 3 kids)….

Three of them were immensely excited to help me in baking these eggless orange cupcakes, with their little hands!! 🙂 So here is the process and few photographs. The cupcakes were even plated by my elder one!! 🙂 

Happy baking and enjoy eating!! 🙂

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Cupcakes plated with orange segments alongside!

Ingredients: (for 12 cupcakes)

  • All Purpose Flour – 1½ cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Oil – ½ cup
  • Yogurt/Curd – ¾ cup
  • Orange Zest – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Soda – ½ teaspoon
  • Orange Essence – ¼ tea spoon
  • Baking Powder – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Orange Juice – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Orange Food Colour – 1 teaspoon

Special Ingredients:

  • Orange Essence
  • Orange Food Colour

Step wise pics Procedure for Eggless Orange Cupcakes:

  • Firstly, line up the muffin trays or cup cake trays with suitable liners of your choice.
  • Gather all the required ingredients at one place so that it avoids confusion. 
  • Switch on the oven and let it preheat at 160°C. 
  • Now, in a large bowl pour in the sugar, yogurt and oil.
  • Using a hand blender or a whisker, mix everything until the sugar dissolves completely and you get a frothy layer.
  • Into the same bowl, add the orange essence, orange food colour, orange fruit juice, orange zest.
  • Give up everything a quick mix with blender.
    Frothy layer formed after whisking the wet ingredients
  • In the same bowl sieve in the baking soda, baking powder and flour .
  • Then, using a spatula gently cut and fold everything, till the wet and dry ingredients combine perfectly.
    Cake batter after adding the dry ingredients
  • Pour in this batter into the cup cake moulds up to ¾ level of each hole.
  • Just tap the trays 2-3 times to make the batter settle down evenly.
  • Put the trays into the pre-heated oven.
  • Change the oven temperature to 180°C and bake them for 15-20 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Take the trays out and put them on the cooling rack.
    Cup cakes placed on wire rack
  • Once they are cooled completely, only then remove the cupcakes. Done!!


  • You can use vanilla essence in case you do not have orange essence.
  • Orange food colour can be skipped and have plain cake colour too.
  • Fresh Orange juice can be replaced with store bought fresh orange juice too.
  • For Orange zest you need to just grate the orange along with its skin.
  • I used brown sugar which is raw i.e. unrefined , so my cupcakes might vary slightly in colour.
  • Generally, I pre-heat the oven at 160°C and then change the temp to 180°C just after putting the trays in the oven.
  • I did top up the cup cakes with white chocolate sprinkles as my kids love it that way.
  • You can double the ingredients to get double the cupcake count/double size, just like I did.


  • These, Eggless Orange Cupcakes turned out super fluffy.
  • They are filled with lovely smell of the fresh orange juice and zest.
  • Every bite of it had the combo of sweet-bitter taste of the orange.
    Cup Cakes ready to eat, along with a glass of milk!

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  1. Awesome look, beautifully explained. Could you please share which food colour you have used as to me 1tsp is too much

    1. Hi there! Thank you for your nice words. 🙂 Once, I have used orange powder food colour. And orange liquid food colour the other time I made these cupcakes. If you think its too much of colour, you can add 1/4 teaspoon at a time and check for the right colour. Hope this helps.

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