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Orange Nut Muffin Tops Recipe

Updated on July 7, 2016

Yummy Muffins


My very good friend invited me for tea..

As we were sipping our tea and enjoying the delicious muffins that she had prepared . I asked her if I could have the recipe. She went to her vintage recipe file box that she leaves sitting out on the counter, pulled out the following recipe for Orange Nut Muffins. We laughed at the recipe card as it was so old, yellowed and stained..

She explained that it belonged to her mother and was used over and over again by her mother and now by her..

Interesting thing was that at the top of the card it said :

The Orange - Nut Muffins served in the tearooms of the Buffum's Department Store chain in the Los Angeles area are a delicious treat...

We also laughed about the fact that there were no paper liners used in the recipe,instead, the batter was spooned directly into the greased muffin pans.

It turns out that :

Paper baking cups as they were called, first hit U.S. markets after the end of the World War II. An artillery manufacturer called the James River Corporation began manufacturing cupcake liners for U.S. markets when its military markets began to diminish. By 1969, they consolidated business as a paper company and left artillery manufacturing behind.

During the 1950s, the paper baking cup gained popularity as U.S. housewives purchased them for convenience. Their flexibility grew when bakers realized that they could bake muffins as well as cupcakes in the baking cups.

It appears that Paper liners have been around longer than we have.

Speaking of muffins....I guess I am not the only one that thinks the top of the muffin is the best part..... Just discovered this new invention..Okay well maybe it's just new to me.....but it is a nifty idea just the same....And I am placing my order for one of these.....I wonder what my friend will think when I invite her over for tea and only serve the top of her Orange Nut Muffins.

Well it seems you can now buy a Muffin Top Tin...

Product Description

Bake the best part of the muffin...the top! Each OvenStuff Non-Stick Six Cup Muffin Cap Pan is coated with a DuraGlide Plus non-stick coating inside and outside of the pan. The DuraGlide Plus finish allows muffin tops to slide out of the pan easily while making clean up a snap. The heavy weight steel construction ensures even heating across the pan for ultimate baking results. Pans are dishwasher safe. Proudly made in the U.S.A.


Cook Time

Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: makes 12 to 14


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Walnuts, chopped
  • Grated Peel Of 1 Orange
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add nuts and orange peel and mix lightly.
  2. Beat eggs and stir in milk, oil. and brown sugar. Make a well in the flour mixture and add egg mixture all at once. Mix very quickly, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Spoon into greased muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees 12 to 15 minutes.

Baking Muffin Tops...

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Orange-Nut Muffins


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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Rochelle Frank

      I loved window shopping at Buffums, at South Coast Plaza , Costa Mesa..

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy W

      thank you for the vote, the share and the visit,

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      This sounds great! Buffums' muffins, eh. I grew up in Long Beach CA and Buffum's was the high end department store. Don't remember having tea there, but we did a lot of window shopping.

      (Also, I like the muffin top pans. Pans-- not pants.)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I agree with Vickiw, I never use those little paper cups when I make muffins. I suppose if I were making them to give to school children...the paper cups would come in handy. I liked learning about the history of them and I did not know that there were tins available that just made the muffin tops. Amazing what you can learn here on HubPages! :))

      Your recipe sounds delicious! Voting it up, useful, interesting and will share.

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Yes..Pam is another miracle worker..

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      Beth37 5 years ago

      I sprayed my pans well with Pam and they fell out easy breezy. :)

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      LOL Vickiw..So very have to weigh the pro's and con's..want the crunchy goodness or the easy clean up ?

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      Vickiw 5 years ago

      Hello faythef, sounds like a delicious recipe! There are two major considerations when making muffins and using paper cups - you have to ask yourself whether you want to lose all that lovely crispy, crumbly outside part in the paper, or whether the muffin is to be eaten in purist style, completely intact? Sorry, but as you mentioned you plan to buy the muffin top pan, seems to me you might like to dispense with the paper cups! To each her own of course! Fun recipe, I will give it a try

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Its nice to be younger than something...LOL

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Thank You

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      LOL....Beth37..That is so're new Orange Nut Muffins without the orange zest and No nuts sounds really good..I think you should write a hub about them ..And include the recipe

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      Beth37 5 years ago

      Ok missy, I just made these muffins... well almost these muffins.

      I didn't have any zest, so I used some choc. chips that had been in the freezer. I didn't have walnuts, but I had a 1/2 a bag of pecans. I ran out of cinnamon, so I used cocoa powder. I had to use almond milk instead of reg. milk... and I have a big family so I doubled the recipe.

      Even with all the changes, the muffins were wonderful. My kids are going to love them. They were very easy and soft. I filled the cups most the way up and they were crisp around the edge... just perfect.

      Most of all I want to say thanks cause I will be at work when my family gets home and they will have a special treat waiting for them all b/c of your inspiration. Thanks again! :)

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      Beth37 5 years ago

      That sounds so good, and I loved the background story you shared. Fun. :)

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Now I learn that I'm older than the paper cup! But I'm still younger than dirt.

      The muffins sound great!


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