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Orange Muffins Without Butter

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These Orange Muffins are very spongy in every bite and taste delicious with full of orange flavour even though they're not feather light cakes. I consider this is a healthy recipe using natural yoghurt without butter.


Orange Muffins Without Butter

          Ingredients:
          3 Egg yolks 
          30g Sugar
          35g Fresh orange juice
          Orange zest from one large orange
          70g Natural yoghurt
          80g Plain flour 
          10g Corn flour
          1/2 tsp Baking powder
          a pinch of salt

          3 Egg whites
          70g Sugar






    Method:
  • Beat egg yolks and sugar until white at medium speed and add orange juice, natural yoghurt and mix well.
  • Remove bowl from machine, add in sifted flour (plain flour, corn flour & baking powder) and mix well with a hand whisk, follow by orange zest, mix well again.
  • Whisk egg whites and sugar until peak form.
  • Fold 1/4 of egg white to egg yolk mixture with a rubber spatula until well mix and fold in remaining egg white in two batches.
  • Scoop batter into muffin liners to 3/4 full and place them on a baking tray.
  • Bake at preheated oven at 170C for about 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Bang the baking tray together with the small cakes on the counter top 2-3 times once they are cooked, as this will prevent the cakes from shrinking. Leave to cool and store them in an airtight container in room temperature for 2-3 days. 

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #22: Lightened Up Cakes (August 2012)
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  1. Wow ... so pretty and 很好吃!

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  2. Ann, where did you buy the 'toy' for grating orange zest?

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    1. I bought it at Tott. Very expensive around $28 but they also got cheaper one around $15 with wider plate.

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  3. Those are gorgeous!! I love the hint of orange too.

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  4. 我来啦!!!这个橙味满分看上去好好吃哟!

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    1. 真的不错哦!没有七风那么松但很有有弹性。

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  5. Ann, I can smell the orange fragrance over here, the muffin texture looks soft and fluffy.

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    1. Jess, can try this at home. Not too sweet to my liking.

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  6. Ann, I love this! The muffins kind of look like chiffon cake. I will make these muffins this weekend.

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    1. Glad to hear that :) Give me a feedback after trying it.

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  7. I gonna like this muffin without butter. Will try if it is not that 'sweet'. Myself a bit 'kiasee' of becoming diabetic.

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    1. Kimmy, OK lah.. not too sweet to me.

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    2. Hi Ann, finally I made these for LTU event. Turns out well. I'm very happy but still room for improvement. Thanks.

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  8. sound so light and can eat as many as we can, no burden at all!

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  9. Wow, no butter? CAnt really tell from that wonderful golden colour! Guess eating two of these for tea won't be sinful at all! Yum!

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  10. The method looks like that for sponge cake. The texture also looks like sponge cake. Looks light and yummy!

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  11. These look delicious and healthier without the butter, don't now if I should try making these, usually my chiffon cakes shrank if baked in cups .

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    1. Jeannie, make into muffin liner easier to handle than chiffon mould.

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  12. 很美很松的muffin,做法有点像ciffon,一定很软而且带有橙味,一定很好吃!

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    1. 是有一点像ciffon,很有弹性哦!

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  13. The don't look like muffins at all... I gotta try this recipe!

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  14. Oh yum !!! Love these healthy muffins with spongy texture ! :D

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    1. Anne, This method is just like castella cake.

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  15. Mmmm...they look lovely and oh so good! I can imagine to take a bite! I might have to try this without butter!

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    1. Hi Lyndsey, So happy to see you here. Thanks for your comment :)

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  16. I thought is Hokkaido chiffon cupcake at first glance. This must be very light and refreshing.

    Love this series of photos, the colour coordination is very nice.

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    1. Thanks Angel. I think I'v slacken a little on my photography skill after two months' break.

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  17. WOWW..WITHOUT BUTTER.. AWESOME ANCOO :)

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  18. 这带有橙味的muffin肯定很香,看起来也很柔软,口感会不会和戚风一样。

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    1. Angie, 是很有弹性,可能是没加牛油的关系,所以不是很松。

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  19. WOW!! THese look sooo delicious, looks like mini orange chiffon cakes :-)

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    1. hahaa...Actually I wanted to name this as chiffon cake too.

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  20. Soft spongy and moist! Love orange flavour.

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  21. i just love the orange flavour. I want 2...3 also can do :D By the way, your orange skin grater looks very cute!

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    1. Mary, You can take all you want. :)
      I just bought that grater not long ago and it is so much easier to use compare to my old one.

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  22. I would love to try to bake this muffin. It looks fluffy and tasty. Don't forget that its orange flavor. My favorite. Yum!
    embroidery perth

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  23. What a beautiful muffin. I love that you replace the butter with yogurt! What a healthy muffin. I bet they are good for breakfast! ;)

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    1. Yes Amy, this is good for anytime of the day.

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  24. wow...this looks so refreshing!!Best of all....without butter...yeah!!
    I bookmarked it already, will try out this weekend!!
    Thanks for sharing ^o^

    I have that grater too, mine is PINK in colour.
    Recently I saw a Purple one, so tempting to buy lor!
    (我的眼睛真的很坏蛋,看到什么就手痒啦。。。哈哈哈!)

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    1. 哈哈哈。。。啥两都一样啦!眼睛都坏了!

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  25. replacing butter with natural yogurt is a wonderful idea. Will try these mini chiffon

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  26. Beautifully done!!! So light and moist looking...and the addition of orange zest and juice sounds delish~

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  27. Looks very spongy and light nice one!

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  28. You can make this beautiful muffins without butter? That's amazing!!! I love the orange hint in these muffins too. Looks so good - I can and love to eat this every morning with my tea!

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  29. By just looking at the 1st photo,I would have thought that you baked some Hokkaido light cheesecakes. Very healthy indeed & they look yummy too!

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    1. Jessie, you're not the first one saying this looks like Hokkaido cake. I definitely going to bake Hokkaido cake soon :D

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  30. I thought it was hokkiado cupcakes on first look !! Looks equally soft and tender.. but indeed very healthy and can eat many without guilt !!

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  31. Looks so spongy and light! Guilt-free yummy! And must be very fragrant from the oranges too!
    The microplane zester is on my wish-list for ages. It is very expensive over here, close to RM100! So I'm using the cheapest one from Ikea! :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. WOW! That is real expensive compare to here.

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  32. I am always on the lookout for butterless bakes heehee. With yogurt is even better, i will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. 上个星期六上课,老师就买了一些糕点来,其中一个是没有油的蛋糕。我那时就想没有油的蛋糕?!(可惜那时肚子不舒服,所以没试)

    如果有橙的话,我也要试做!





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    1. 现在你身体好了吗?我近来时常看到你在fb吃好料哦 :)

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  34. this is sooooooooooooooperb!

    Love your space. truly!

    visit me when time permits - http://www.relishdelish.blogspot.com

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  35. Looks so light and spongy - looks more like chiffon cupcake than muffins to me :)

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  36. Ann, these look amazing! I love your presentation and those boxes..very cute! AWESOME Recipe...
    I wish you wonderful weekend! xo

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  37. Hi Ann, I bake this today.It was really full of orange fragrant and very spongy..My daughter loves it. Just wondering how come my muffin outer part was sticky? But inner is fine. tq

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    1. Jes, mine was ok, very clean on the outer part. I'm using this non-stick wrapper from PH.

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  38. Wah, just got back already tempting us with your bakes! I wanna try!! Hahaha!

    Ann, my mom just had fillers done on her cheeks. Hope over to Reverse The Effects Of Aging With Restylane Dermal Fillers! to check it out & let me know what you think :) See u there!

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  39. These look so cute and fluffy, would so love to have one with my morning coffee now... Remind me of chiffon cake!

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  40. Ann, these look gorgeous, fluffy and soft. Reminds me of the Chinese "dan gao".

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  41. ¸.•°`♪♪♫
    Suas receitas são tão boas, tão deliciosas!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    °ºBrasil♫º
    ♫♪.•彡♡彡•.♪♫

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  42. Hi Ann,
    This is a lovely orange muffin without butter.
    The last picture remind me of (鸡蛋糕)。
    May I know does the texture of this muffin something like that?
    Btween may I know how do you peel of the membran of the orange so nicely?

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  43. Can you tell from eating that it has no butter? I also love your photos here. :-)

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    1. Thanks! You can only smell the orange zest.

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  44. Can you tell from eating that it has no butter? I also love your photos here. :-)

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  45. Hi Ann, your muffin look really good. Excellent photo.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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  46. A healthier muffin? Say no more, I am SO there, this looks great!

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  47. no butter and oil and yets look so spongy! guess it must be the egg separation method that helps a lot. i will not feel guilty eating these cakes :D

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  48. These muffins look so soft and light. Would love to have one with my cup of tea.

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  49. Hi Ann, this is kym again. i dont like yoghurt, so if i omit yoghurt what should subsitude with...thanks thanks.wait for your reply

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    1. Hi Kym, You can add sour cream or whipping cream to replace yoghurt.

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  50. Hi Ann. Tried baking this two times today but it does Not rise. Can you pls advise?

    Baker

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    1. I think the reason is mainly due to the egg whites are not properly beaten. Try to beat the egg whites a little stiffer same like the chiffon cake.

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  51. hi ann..is it possible to replace the yougurt wt something else??

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  52. Hi. . Thanks for the recipe. I tried it today but it turned out a little denser than I expected. I baked at 160C fan forced for 27 mins. Where did I go wrong? - Dab

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    1. Hi Dab, I didn't use fan forced, just the normal temperature. This cake is like the chiffon cake, it should be soft type.

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  53. Looks so good. So happened to have a small tub of yoghurt. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Dear Ann, I'm a newbie in baking. Tried your orange muffins without butter recipe. Texture looks very diff from the one on your page. Mine felt like hokkaido cakes, inside was soft, springy but the outter top of the cake was a little wet / sticky after cooled overnight. Love being able to taste the real orange and bits of the zest.

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    1. Hi SeaBiscuit,

      Your cakes were not fully baked that was why the top of the cake was still wet the next day. You can bake another 5 mins longer the next time when you bake this again.

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  55. Hi, this is great!! I'm planning to make it this weekend, but just wondering...do you know what changes may happen if I used greek yoghurt instead of plain natural yoghurt? Also, will this work baking in cupcake liners? Could I also perhaps use a loaf pan?
    Thank you!!

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    1. Hi, No changes in using greek yoghurt and cupcake liners. They're the same. You've to test it yourself using loaf pan as I've never tried it before.

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    2. Thank you! I just made them today and they tasted fab :) my muffins quickly collapsed after 10 minutes though...did this happen to yours too? Also, my muffins had big hollow holes in them...would you know why this had happened?
      Thank you for the great recipe though, definitely will be making them again - hopefully better the next time!

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    3. You mean the collapsed after baked or in the oven? If it is after baked, you must either bang the cake on the counter top to release the air or overturn the cakes on a wire rack. Hollow holes in the muffins are because you did not probably add the batter evenly in the muffin liners.

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