Eeeck! I’m late to this week’s Fiesta Friday! I have been uber busy this week, what with our yearbook deadline coming up on Monday. This is my first year putting together the school yearbook, and although it has been great fun, it has also been loads of work! I’ve been running around like a mad woman this past week trying to get last minute photos and personal quotes from the students and staff. Everyone has been extra supportive and a few camera shy students even let me take their photos!
Anyhow, here is what I’m bringing to the party this week: Sumo Orange Pound Cake Bites. I was at the store a few weeks ago and saw these funny looking oranges:
They were listed as Sumo oranges and were going for $3.99/lb. Since I had already paid and was on my way out, I didn’t purchase any, but I Googled them when I got home. Apparently Sumo oranges were first developed in Japan over 30 years ago by a man who wanted a hybrid of Japanese Satsumas and California oranges. The official website boasts that Sumo oranges (named after the top knot worn by sumo wrestlers) are “quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat” and I became giddy with excitement at the thought of trying them.
Well, color me disappointed because they were quite probably NOT the sweetest citrus I have ever eaten. Now, I know I can be picky (I don’t think Cuties and Halos are sweet at all), but I’ve had honey tangerines much sweeter than these sumos. Plus, I guess I expected more from nearly $4/lb. oranges. Oh well. I guess that’s why they went on sale this last week for $2.49/lb. I shoulda held out!!
Anyhow, the silver lining is that I made good use of them by trying them out in a new recipe. When life gives you sour oranges, bake them into a cake and all will be well. These little orange pound cake bites were delicious. But also dangerous because it’s so easy to pop a few (dozen) in your mouth without even realizing it. The staff at work seemed to enjoy them. They were so tasty I received another marriage proposal from a colleague. There’s a running tally of which recipes are marriage proposal quality. So far there are four!
Sumo Orange Pound Cake Bites
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 2/3 cup sugar (I used organic cane)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons orange rind, grated
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Butter mini muffin tins and set aside.
Sift 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl add 1 2/3 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, and 8 oz. cream cheese. Using a mixer beat at high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add 2 large eggs to the mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons orange rind, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the batter, starting and ending with the flour mixture. The batter should be smooth and thick at the end.
Spoon the batter into the mini muffin tin and bake 15-18 minutes (depending on the size of your tin), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs on it.
Let the cakes cool in the tin for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
Bring 1/2 cup orange juice to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the grapefruit juice is reduced to about 3-4 tablespoons.
Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/8 tsp salt. Spoon over the mini pound cakes and garnish with leftover orange zest.
Oh my goodness Patty, this looks fantastic! Darn you….lol
Thanks, Victoria! I ate so many. You have no idea. Actually, I have no idea either. 😉
Bad Patty! I’m thinking one of those tasty treats would pair nicely with my glass of Hot to Trot! LOL
Pour me a glass, Victoria! It has been a looong week!
Why sure I will! (_) stemless glass filled to the brim, just for you -:)
Thanks, you’re the best! 😉
My pleasure! -:)
What beauties! I bet these little bites will go great with afternoon tea or coffee, and even better as an after-dinner treat. I just recently had a Minneola tangelo, which is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. I thought it had just the right amount of sweetness. I’ve never heard of the Sumo, but am curious to find some and try them to compare!
Ngan, I also had them as before-dinner treats. Hah! I kept popping them in my mouth every time I walked through the kitchen. I should rename them “Crack Cake”!
These look scrumptious Patty! I love the smaller size too. Out of curiosity, what delicacies warranted the other three proposals???
Hahah, apple toffee blondies, chicken enchilada soup, and a tomato cream pasta dish! I’ve since blogged all three recipes. 🙂
Yum, Oohhh & Aahhh…sounds like a delicious trio that could keep me busy all weekend!
That made me laugh out loud! 😀
Looks so fabulous! Fruit in baked goods is divine. I’ve never seen a Sumo orange before, but they look so intriguing!
I want to try them again later in the season to see if the later batches are any sweeter!
what a lovely post! I’m trying this with an egg replacer soon…
Please let me know how it turns out!
These look absolutely awesome, Patty! I love orange cakes and the cream cheese in the recipe seems like a nice twist.
Yes, the cream cheese makes the cake extra tender!
Love the last picture.. Anyone who only saw the picture would think Bailey did that 😉
Bailey is plenty capable of doing something like that!
Oh wow these look so scrumptious! Love the orange pic and Bailey is tooooooo adorable! =)
I thought of you when making these, Bonnie!
Aw…makes me feel special! Now I have to try the recipe. 😉 Thanks girl!
Yep, I was thinking “This is a Bonnie recipe!”. 🙂
Patty, You made beauties out of those funny looking sumo oranges. Before I read your title, I thought, ‘wow, these oranges look like o’sumo-san. How funny! 😀 )))
Hahah, that’s too funny. It was fun to pop the tops off!
What good looking cake bites and the recipe reads tons of flavor! Awesome. Must be very moist and yumm!!
Please pass one to me :).
Just one?? Are you sure?? 😉
Yes! Just one ;)) I love the small portions;). Not as petite as you are…though I so wish :))… Pass on your genes to me and I will opt for more 😉
I wish I had my mom’s genes! She can eat more than anyone I know, yet she is 4’11” and averages around 95 lbs! Lucky her!
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Did Bailey like?
Bailey was so confused he didn’t know what to do!!
Oh my god just that photo is so amazing, makes me craving these cake bites!
Those look so cute! And your dog is adorable too! :3
Thanks, Nell! He got a haircut today and is even fluffier now!
Oh.. Hahahaha!! I just saw these the other day at my beloved wegmans, and I thought at the time that they were pretty ugly, but I really didn’t stop to look at them.
I LOVE your creativity .. They’re darling little cakes… Little bites of sunshine!
Congrats on the marriage proposals!! 🙂
Thanks, Prudy! I’ve told my boyfriend all about them and that I must not be feeding him enough of the right kinds of foods. 😉
Beautiful… mouth watering…
I can’t stand by this images now, I am hungry and yet to have my break fast 🙂
Thanks, Sreejith! The same thing happens to me when I check out our Fiesta Friday posts. I get soo hungry!!
These looks awesome Patty !!!
Thanks so much, Shailja!
I was privileged enough to have the first taste at school because I was afraid Paul would eat them all in one breath.They were very yummy, and the oranges are cute. Patty, do I know any of these proposals?
Yes, everyone is afraid of Paul eating all the goodies! And yes, you’ve been there for a couple of them! You don’t remember these highly significant moments of my life?!?! 😉
Maybe because I am so focused on the goodies. I will have to listen in more to these proposals. Maybe I can help with choosing the best.
We’ll toss the names into a bowl and pick one that way! 😉
Wonderful Patty and the first pic is absolutely amazing 🙂
Thanks so much, Linda! I hope you have a great weekend!
Patty… you did a masterpiece! beautiful pictures!
Thanks, Margherita! 😀
Four proposals?! Hmmm
And none of them are from you. HMMM.
This comment makes my nostrils curl backward.
How very cool! I have never seen these Sumo Oranges – I must live in the wrong part of the world. But hey, more importantly, marriage proposals? I think there is a reality TV show in the making!! Who should we contact? Are you up for it?
HAHAHA, yeah, I’ll stutter and snort my way through the show. I can’t act normal on camera to save my life! I develop even more ticks than I already have! 😀
Oh, but it would be so real!! Isn’t that what reality TV is all about? How awesome!
We can have a cooking competition to see who can whip up a dish that results in a marriage proposal in the least amount of time. In a jungle. With no cutlery. Hah!
Wooowness! Superb is the word to describe this post, recipe and the photos. Loving it. Again i can keep looking at the photographs. 🙂
Aww, thanks so much Sadia!! That’s so nice of you!
These look amazing, Patty! I love the sauce 🙂
Yes, same here, Jessica!!
Thanks for the info on sumo oranges. You never know about citrus; sometimes I buy oranges one week and they are delicious and then go back the next week and they are not sweet at all! Beautiful recipe and pictures as always. Bailey looks guilty or maybe he is saying “can I clean it up” – ha!ha! 🙂
Thanks, Juju!! I will give them another shot in a month or so. And Bailey doesn’t understand the concept of cleaning up. I’ve tried to teach him how to put his toys away in one area but he just stares blankly at me. Silly baby!
You just have to love dogs and their personalities 🙂
Those pound cake bites look so good, and I love orange-flavored things! I haven’t tried sumo oranges, but the honey tangerines you mentioned sound wonderful!
Yes, I prefer honey tangerines over the sumos!
Lol, that’s hilarious, proposal-worthy recipes! So, you’ve been fighting off suitors all this time? Lol… Sumo oranges look so cute with the little knobs on top, but not as cute as your perfect tiny cake bites, or Bailey. He looks a little guilty in the photo, or maybe just worried that he was going to be blamed. These cakes, by the way, would be perfect for a Spring party. Will do! XOXO
The sumo knots were a lot of fun to rip off. My dad started to peel one off but I had to yell at him to stop because I hadn’t taken pictures yet! And Bailey often looks guilty. It’s because he’s aways up to something naughty. 😉
These look amazing Patty! Such elegant-looking little cakes! I’ve never seen sumo oranges over here, but imagine the recipe could be quite easily adapted for other citrus to used in their place… Have a great weekend! Margot
Oh yes, I want to recreate these with lemon or lime! The original recipe calls for grapefruit!
Oh My Gosh! This looks so delicious …I think I am going to have to try this. Thanks for posting! 🙂
Please do, Arl! They are so yummy!
Patty, omg these look simply divine! Love the cute mini cakes and the glaze! Your pics are simply fabulous too!
Thanks, Indu! The mini size made them a lot of fun!
Those are gorgeous! And pound cake I’ve never had. Or at least it’s something I’ve never seen over here. Will have to try this at some stage.
Oh, and you think you’re late for F&F. I still haven’t arrived! Hopefully Angie hasn’t noticed!?
You should definitely try pound cake, Johnny! And how much do you want to bet Angie has been waiting for you this entire time?? You’re in trouuuuble!!
He’s about to be disciplined!
Whoowheee! Told you so, Johnny!!!
Looks delicious Patty! And your photography is wonderful! I loved your last pic with the spoon on the ground….that is so me every time I cook! 🙂
Haha, glad to know I’m not the only one, Lori!!
Yep, you are definitely not the only one! 🙂
Patty, these little, precious cakes look incredible!! You are such an incredibly good baker! All the little treats I have been seeing on your blog lately. And of course, your photos are simply stunning as always, putting these beautiful sweets into the right spotlight, wonderful! 😉 thanks for sharing!
Sylvia, you’re so sweet! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I’d like on my blog! 😦
Those oranges look really cool! Such a shame that they didn’t taste as wonderful as you (and me just reading it!) were hoping! Great looking cakes though!
Thanks, Mr. Fitz! It was quite the disappointment. I’m still not over it yet. I guess I better make more cake then! 😉
I am equally disappointed and will ensure I tell everyone I see!
I’ve already done so on my end!! 😛
Strangely I still want to buy one!
You know what’s funny? I’m sitting here worried that you’ll buy one and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Hahah. I plan on trying them again in a month or so just to make sure I didn’t get a bad batch!
I have never seen them for sale.. Will hunt them down!
You will have to keep me updated!!
So light and delicate. Very pretty
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ahh this looks so good! I’m gonna have to make a few adjustments on the flour and sugar, but can’t wait to try it 🙂
Let me know how it turns out, Rahki! 🙂
Marriage proposal quality? That I have to try! Not that I need a marriage proposal, but this sounds just fantastic. And hey, a spare marriage proposal or three can’t be bad. I was also late to Fiesta Friday but snuck past Angie while she was looking out for Johnny, phew! 😀
Hahah, spare marriage proposals–I love that! Good thing for you that Angie was busy with Johnny! It was so funny. As soon as he commented on my post that he was late, she showed right up and replied to the thread! Hilarious!
Yep, I laughed out loud when I read the exchange between Angie and Johnny, it was brilliant timing!
It sure was!
Orange has got to be one of the best flavorings of cake. I’m glad you found a good use for those disappointingly sour Sumos!
Me too, Noony!!
What a funny oranges! These small cakes are so adorable!:)
Small and dangerous. Don’t underestimate their size! They will reel you in and you’ll have eaten three dozen before you know it!
4 marriage proposals for cakes – wow, you are in dangerous territory, make sure your colleagues don’t make them when the would be wives are around, you might suddenly be given lots of cyanide laced cookies 🙂 – look beautiful the cakes, I assume the sumo topknot describes the citrus fruit, and the sumo cake describes the effect on ones waistline when one has popped half a dozen into ones mouth, because they were so good!
Hahah, only half a dozen?? You can do better than that! I sure did! And too funny about the cyanide cookies. As long as they look pretty… 😉
I can do better than that when nobody is watching sure 🙂 – regarding the cyanide cookies, on this one I have to disagree, pretty in a cyanide cookie is only skin-deep, it’s all about the inner values!
Hahah excellent point! 😉
I just love the looks of your little cakes. They look delicate and delicious and perhaps no one will notice how many I eat.
Karen, I promise not to tell! 😉
Good…it will be our little secret.