Moist Orange Poached Egg Cakes

This is my version of a recipe that was adapted from another version by a chef at the Auckland Heritage Hotel. It tasted amazing. I did not have a straight up muffin tin so they were not as high I think. Next time I might investigate using baking paper in the tins and making them higher. I also want to try making them with lemons, limes or grapefruit.


  • 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup of castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 200-220g of ground almonds
  • 185g of castor sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

First off you have to put the orange in a pot and cover it with cold water. This was interesting as the orange kept floating higher and higher in the pot. Eventually I gave up and just hoped for the best. Then stir in the 1/4 cup castor sugar and slowly bring it to the boil. Cover the pot and leave it to simmer gently for about 1 1/2 hours, turning the orange occasionally.

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See…I told you it kept floating !

Then go and have a nice glass of wine with a friend while you chat and wait for the 1 1/2 hours to pass. Or you could watch a good movie together.

I'm on the telly !!!!
I’m on the telly !!!!

Now it is time to take the orange out and let it cool. Once cooled chop the orange in to segments and get rid of any pips.

Make sure you have an audience who will cheer you on as you continue to make this masterpiece.

Please, please drop something, why don't you !!!
Please, please drop something, why don’t you !!!

Get a frypan, add water and bring it to a simmer. Add the apple cider vinegar. Now crack open three of the eggs and poach until they are just cooked. Don’t ask me what that means. I like mine a little runny still.

IMG_8644 copyThen take the eggs out and allow them to cool down. If you like them a little runny like me…for God’s sake…don’t drop any. At least try not to. However, if you do stay calm. Do not let the BIG GREEN monster out. You will regret it.

441287de56f147383Next step…have another glass of wine. Especially if you dropped one of the poached eggs.

Day 104 - 14.4.2013Now we get to the serious part…preheat your oven. About 160%C. Lightly grease your muffin tin [a 12 muffin muffin tin]. Make sure the Muffin Man has left home first.

Put the ground almonds and sugar in a nice BIG bowl. Yes people, you need a BIG bowl. Take it from me who spent a lot of time wiping down benches and clothing from NOT using a BIG bowl.

IMG_0270Add the chopped orange segments, the remaining five eggs and the three [hopefully you still have three] poached eggs.

IMG_8645 copyTurn on the beater and go for it. Do not worry if there is any heckling in the front rows.

IMG_8637 copyI told you you need a BIG bowl. I am NOT kidding.

m3yqe5Ihnx9PazUjyJBdvwYou have to beat the mixture until the mixture becomes smooth. Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin holes.

IMG_8647 copyBake for 40 minutes.

IMG_8648 copyIt is now time to have glass of wine number three. A bold full bodied one is recommended here.

L4CzEth68HcyMpJpQ_KczQTake a wooden skewer and test the muffins.

IMG_8649 copyIf it comes out clean you are done. Turn out on to a wire rack and cool. This is the time to take a rest.

PhotoFunia-43316d0.1This is great if you top it with one of the following.

  • Thick yoghurt
  • Whipped cream
  • Mascarpone

Then grate either some orange peel or dark chocolate over.

Last step…pour another glass of wine and eat. And remember you are a super hero…

PhotoFunia-4323983Now…just because this is funny…hamsters are insanely good at falling over ‘dead’, but OMG…the parrot at 50 seconds in, I nearly wet my pants laughing !!!!


  1. You are a madwoman, I now realize ! Heh heh heh !!! Are those thinggies really worth all that trouble ???


    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I wasn’t standing to still either…hehehehehe
      Just joking…who can cook and drink that much ?? Super heroes…that’s who !!!


  2. omg i am barely awake and dying from laughter. Absolutely TOO funny seeing your face inserted in all those pics! i was half expecting it to pop up on one of the muffins! hahahaha!!
    Actually it looks like a relatively easy recipe despite the length of time it takes to prepare it.


  3. this is hilarious … and the muffins look like just thing I love to eat … must try them when we get home … and the wine was the best NZ stuff of course?


  4. These are the most unusual type muffins I’ve ever heard of, but if you say they are worth the trouble, they must be.
    Any wine left in the bottle? Yes, please. A half-glass will be fine. ~(+_+)~~


  5. Bwhahahahahaha! Jo! I started laughing from the beginning! You are so creative and these images are gorgeous! Loved the audience! So adorable and you are just as adorable, don’t forget that. πŸ˜€

    The video had me in stitches! LOL! Hubby must see this as well! hahahaha
    Thanks for sharing hon. πŸ˜€ β™₯ Big Hugs β™₯

    PS: Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks yummy! πŸ˜€


  6. You are so entertaining, Jo! πŸ˜€ Did you mix up the chopped up orange with the orange peel and everything? The video at the end was hilarious. You’re right, those hamsters were SO good at it – who knew they were so smart? πŸ™‚


  7. lol……I was okay till ‘Then take the eggs out and allow them to cool down. If you like them a little runny like me…for God’s sake…don’t drop any. At least try not to. However, if you do stay calm. Do not let the BIG GREEN monster out. You will regret it.’ I’m still cracking up…..


  8. Am sat here on my own in a camping barn den trying to catch up and am in fits of laughter with this Jo … perhaps tis a good job I am on my own Super Hero Jo !!! Lol


  9. Brilliant. Just stumbled across your blog/this post and thought I was going to be reading a nice but ordinary recipe. Little did I know! Thank you.


  10. Don’t usually read recipes Jo I think they are usually so staid, but OMG not this one, I think I’ll just follow the “drink the wine” parts. My word you are a versatile lady even getting onto TV… πŸ™‚


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