These little babies evolved out of a need to use up a bottle of orange blossom water I bought on a tangent at a particularly enticing deli earlier this year. Does anyone else get on a roll and buy exotic food items? I think it must be a sensory overload…

They are moist, only take 2 bites to devour and not too sweet. Oh, and of course gluten and dairy free!

I’ll be making a batch for our Father’s Day afternoon tea this weekend – a special request from my lovely dad!!

Enjoy friends!

Alex xx

Orange Blossom Mini Cakes

A fabulous afternoon tea recipe
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Course: afternoon tea
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: dairy free, family food, gluten free
Servings: 12
Cost: $8


  • 120 g softened Nuttelex, or butter if not dairy-free
  • 140 g gluten free self-raising flour
  • 120 g sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • cup coconut yoghurt, or dairy yoghurt if not dairy-free
  • zest 1 mandarin
  • 3 tbsp orange blossom water
  • icing sugar to dust


  • Preheat oven to 180°C or 370°F
  • Grease 10 holes of a friand or muffin tin. I like to use a cooking spray to make this step faster. I used a friand pan.
  • Spoon into the tin and fill till about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-22 mins until golden and risen. Perhaps poke a skewer in the centre of one just to be sure.
  • Drizzle with the remaining orange blossom water while warm, then cool.
  • Dust with icing sugar to serve. Add a scoop of ice cream and you have a perfect dinner party dessert!


This recipe has been designed to be gluten and dairy free.
If you aren’t following a gluten free diet, you could easily substitute normal self raising flour in this recipe.
Likewise, if you aren’t following a dairy free diet, you could use normal butter instead of Nuttetex and dairy based yoghurt instead of coconut yoghurt. Nuttelex is a dairy free margarine that can be found in all Australian supermarkets. Coconut yoghurt can be found in all supermarkets.