Orange and Cardamom Poppers
Maria Provenzano's small and mighty treats have a donut taste without all the heavy lifting in the kitchen.


  • 2 cups flour (unbleached all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs; room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream; room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
  • splash of fresh orange juice; about 2 tablespoons


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoons cardamom (depending on how much you like the spice)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter; melted and cooled

Orange and Cardamom Poppers - Home & Family

Makes about 24 poppers (i.e. Mini Muffins)


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degree

2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl

3. In another bowl combine the sour cream, orange zest, and orange juice

4. Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand-mixer or using a hand-mixer until light and fluffy

5. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time and mix until combined

6. Mix in the vanilla

7. Add in the flour mixture alternating with adding in the sour cream mixture

8. Combine until just mixed (being careful NOT to over mix)

9. Spray the mini muffin tins with cooking spray or brush with oil

10. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins

11. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the batter has puffed up and is set; careful not to over bake to avoid a dry popper

12. Mix together the sugar and spices in a bowl

13. Pour the melted and cooled butter into another bowl

14. Allow the poppers to cool enough to be handled

15. Using a pastry brush to brush the melted butter all over the popper and then roll it in the sugar and spice mixture; if you don't have a pastry brush you can simply dip them in the butter then roll them in the sugar and spice mixture. Either way your hands are going to get messy... enjoy it!

16. Place on a cooling rack

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