Orange muffins with poppy seeds and cream cheese icing

tray of orange and poppy seed muffins with cream cheese icing and orange zest.
If you're looking for a twist on the traditional lemon muffins, this orange muffin recipe with poppy seed is a must-try! The macadamia oil adds a lovely sweet nutty flavour to the muffins and provides the perfect base for the zingy and bright orange zest. Yum!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, New Zealand
Servings 12 muffins


  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 ½ cups self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olivado Extra Virgin Macadamia Oil
  • 100 g butter melted
  • 2 free range eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 orange zest and juice


  • Preheat oven to 190°C.
  • Line two 6-hole trays with muffin baking cups.
  • Combine the poppy seeds and milk in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add the poppy-seed mixture along with remaining milk, butter, lightly beaten eggs, orange rind and juice, and stir until just combined (do not overmix).
  • Spoon the batter among prepared muffin pans. Bake on the middle tray of your preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Remove from oven and turn onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature dusted with icing sugar or topped with cream cheese icing.


Fresh tips:
  1. If you use two trays on separate levels, swap them around in the oven half way through cooking time so the muffins get the same golden colour.
  2. Always turn the oven to fan bake for an even cook.
Keyword kid friendly, vegetarian
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Tray of orange and poppy seeds muffins with cream cheese icing, topped with orange zest and poppy seeds
This classic cream cheese icing recipe is jazzed up with some orange zest and makes the perfect topping for our Orange poppy seed muffins.

Course Dessert


  • 50 g softened butter
  • 100 g softened cream cheese
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 45 g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp orange zest


  • Using a stand mixer or a hand held beater, mix all ingredients until glossy.
  • To ice your muffins, use a spatula or the back of a spoon or use a piping bag with a decorative nozzle for gorgeous designs.


Fresh tips:
  1. Take the butter and cream cheese out of the fridge the morning before you bake so they have time to soften.
  2. The icing can be made in advance but remember to take it out of the fridge when you start preparing your muffins ingredients so it has time to soften and is easy to spread.
Keyword gluten free, kid friendly, vegetarian
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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