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Sunshine Surprise Muffins

Sunshine Surprise Muffins! Orange & Kumquat with a Cream Cheese Filling

These little lovelies are like sunshine in a muffin! With a surprise creamy filling.

They are from my friend Mia … everything she makes is tempting … I would love to go live with that lady! She is so amazing. Ally and I are fighting over who gets Mia’s spare room.

When Mia posted these Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Muffins, I knew I had to make them. Only problem is that I have no oranges, or orange juice, or orange marmalade for that matter. BUT I have kumquats, and some very thick kumquat syrup that’s very much like marmalade and some orange pineapple juice and orange liqueur. I think this’ll work …

Sunshine Surprise Muffins! Orange & Kumquat with a Cream Cheese Filling

Sunshine Suprise Muffins (a.k.a., Kumquat Marmalade Muffins with Cream Cheese filling)

Slightly Adapted from Mia’s Domain

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 large kumquat, chopped fine, seeds removed (or 2 tablespoons orange zest)
  • 1/3 cup pineapple orange juice (or orange juice)
  • 1/3 cup orange liqueur (or orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons kumquat or orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Other ingredients:

  • 12 1-inch cubes of light cream cheese, cold (mine were more like blobs and I’m not sure they were 1-inch)
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade (for glaze)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients together till they’re well mixed.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and fold to combine, just until moistened. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
  4. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners or spray with cooking spray. Fill muffin cups 1/4 full, plop the cream cheese cube into the center, then top the cream cheese with additional batter.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins are baked and golden in color. Remove from oven and glaze with orange marmalade.
I recommend eating them with a fork. If you eat them with your fingers like this, your fingers get all sticky. If you happen to be trying to take pictures at the same time, your camera gets all sticky … um, yeah. Cleaning off my camera now …

Sunshine Surprise Muffins! Orange & Kumquat with a Cream Cheese Filling

This recipe was shared at Cast Party WednesdayTastetastic/It’s a Keeper ThursdaysWeekend Potluck, and Katherine Martinelli’s Citrus Bloghop.

9 responses

  1. This looks so gooooooood!!:)

    March 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    • Ann

      why thank you! but really, Mia’s the genius here … she came up with the idea! She’s so clever:)

      March 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  2. That center cheesy ball of goodness leaves me weak in the knees.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

  3. Linda Sullivan


    March 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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  5. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured on Today’s Menu Round Up!
    Please go grab a “featured ” button.
    THANK YOU for sharing your recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Sheryl! You’re awesome:)

      March 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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