Orange and Cardamom Muffin Recipe

orane cardamom muffins in pan

Orange and Cardamom Muffins ~ delicately fragrant muffins flavored with bright orange zest and warm, spicy cardamom, this easy muffin recipe is unique and delicious!

orange cardamom muffins in parchment

For a quick, easy, comforting breakfast, nothing beats my homemade orange and cardamom muffin recipe!

Is anybody making muffins anymore? It seems like they’ve totally gone out of fashion, right? But every time I make a batch I’m reminded of why I love them. These orange and cardamom muffins bake up so nice and tall, with a sugary crust on top, how could you resist? I don’t know why I thought of combining citrus with cardamom, I don’t think I’ve done it on the blog before, but boy, it’s so perfect. Neither taste is overpowering but they blend beautifully. The aroma is especially great when they’re just out of the oven,  Definitely going to use this combo again!

orange cardamom muffin topped with sugar

You know I love my one bowl no-mixer recipes

They make baking from scratch so much more do-able. There’s less mess, and less lag time between the inspiration to bake and your first bite. Just grab your bowl and a whisk and you’re off to the races.

orane cardamom muffins in pan

A plain muffin needs a little something something on the top, right?

I used my favorite Sparkling Sugar to add a little glitz and a sweet crunch. Less homey, more coffee shop. You could use regular sugar if that’s all you’ve got, but sparkling sugar has a bigger crystal and a great texture. I recommend picking some up from Amazon.

orange cardamom muffins in muffin tin

Muffins are nice to have around because they’re already pre-portioned and they keep well. Pop day old muffins in the micro for 20 seconds to revive that amazing aroma. They’re special enough for office potluck parties, especially in winter when a cozy muffin is everything.

Breaking open an orange and cardamom muffin.

One of the saving graces of deep winter is all the juicy citrus that comes into season.

It’s surprising how many different ways you can incorporate citrus into baking. In this recipe I use the juice and zest of the orange, but it’s the zest that really brings the orange flavor home. The outer orange colored  part of the peel, or the zest, contains the flavor and aroma oils, which provide the true essence of the fruit flavor. The more you use, the more flavor payoff you’ll get.

breaking open an orange cardamom muffins

How to zest an orange

  • The zest of citrus fruit is the very outer part of the peel…the part that is colored.
  • When you zest citrus fruit you are looking to remove just that outer colored part, with as little as possible of the white part underneath, which is bitter.
  • I highly recommend using a citrus zester, which is a tool specifically created to do the job.
  • Be sure to zest your fruit before cutting or juicing!
  • Zest your fruit as close to adding it to your recipe as possible, because the oils start to dissipate quickly.
making orange and cardamom muffins

More wintery breakfast ideas ~

orane cardamom muffins in pan
4.58 from 63 votes

Orange and Cardamom Muffins

Orange and Cardamom Muffins ~ delicately fragrant muffins flavored with bright orange zest and warm, spicy cardamom, this easy muffin recipe is unique and delicious!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 10 muffins
Calories 270kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • standard muffin pan


Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 large orange, grated
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  • Preheat oven to 350F and butter a muffin tin, or line with muffin tin liners.
  • Whisk together all the wet ingredients well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, then add to the wet ingredients and fold everything together until there are no dry bits of flour left.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins, and top with a sprinkling of the sparkling sugar.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until risen and starting to turn golden brown around the edges. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out without wet batter clinging to it.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
cardamom orange muffin with butter

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  • Reply
    Joylene Green
    May 17, 2022 at 11:46 am

    5 stars
    A delicious muffin! Perfect with a cup of coffee. My oranges were small so I added zest from two oranges and don’t have sparkling sugar so I am glazing them with orange glaze. Yum. ?

  • Reply
    April 8, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious! I love the combination of orange and cardamom. I doubled the amount of cardamom and it was not too much for me. I love them.

  • Reply
    February 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe!! I have made it twice with added orange oil to the regular oil.

  • Reply
    February 8, 2022 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    Great flavor, easy, not too sweet

  • Reply
    Mary H.
    February 7, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, except added a full tablespoon of cardamom. This is the second time I’ve made this recipe in the last two weeks. This time I doubled everything and I’m making it in a bundt pan. It is so yummy with a cup of Earl Grey tea or hot coffee. Can’t wait for it to be ready!

  • Reply
    Leeat Hotz
    February 5, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Would this work with olive oil instead of veggie oil?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 5, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Yes, for sure. I like to use a mild olive oil so the flavor doesn’t interfere too much.

  • Reply
    Cupcake Mama Sia
    January 24, 2022 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I added some chopped up dried fruit to the mix cos I love dried fruit in my muffins.

  • Reply
    January 22, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Cardamom!! Love it!
    My hippie version of an ice cream soda in 1973 was apple cider with big scoop of plain homemade yoghurt sprinkled generously with powdered cardamom.
    Thank you for your Cardamom reminder.

  • Reply
    January 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Have read this recipe so many times and cannot find nutritioal info. Please tell me where to look. Have found this a few times with your recipes. Really enjoy your site.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 22, 2022 at 10:05 am

      We’re in the process of adding this info to older recipes, I’ll do that here now.

  • Reply
    January 18, 2022 at 9:24 am

    5 stars
    Had to make these as soon as I saw the recipe – super easy and they turned out perfect! Light, slightly spicy orange flavor with a beautiful crown. These muffins saved my otherwise cranky morning. Thanks so much!!

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