Orange Marmalade Muffins – Easy, Tangy + Yummy – Plus Surgery Went Well

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First of all, the news. Giant Teen16 had his surgery yesterday. He was very brave and said to the doctors: ‘I’m feeling confident.’

The surgeon called me after one hour and ran through the procedure and then the regime for wound healing. It will take a while as the abscess was quite deep, right down to the bone in fact. Yuck.

Teen16 was woozy for a while then soon got stuck into an ice block and some jelly… and then started eating in true teen style.

It was when he got out the laptop and typed in that I knew all was well.


At which point I zoomed to basketball to pick up Teen13 and then home to put the twins to bed. Bethany visited Teen16 later on and took him fruit and chocolate.

When this post is posted I will be off to collect him then we’ll bunker down at home, and make another chocolate cake.

I’ve made a chocolate cake a day for two days now and why stop?

Baking is a huge stress buster, don’t you reckon?

So far we’ve made the old favourite Super Healthy Chocolate Cake, then a vegan one which wasn’t so great. Today’s will be one with chickpeas in it… wish us luck!

Since I haven’t been organised enought o take any baking photos this week, here’s another recipe that I hope you’ll love.

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I’ve been experimenting with Donna Hay’s sublime Lemon Yoghurt Cake.

These muffins were the first trial, and darn fine they turned out to be.

We’d made the orange marmalade ourselves too, just myself, Minnie The Minx and the Thermomix. Too easy.

ready to bake

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Orange Marmalade Muffins - Easy, Tangy + Yummy
Recipe type: Cakes
  • 180ml vegetable oil (3/4 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 280g thick natural yoghurt
  • 385g caster sugar 1 ¾ cups
  • 300g 2 cups SR flour
  • 50g orange marmalade
  1. Put on the oven to heat at 180°C.
  2. Whisk together oil, eggs, yoghurt and sugar.
  3. Sieve in flour and stir until smooth.
  4. Swirl in the orange marmalade.
  5. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes.
  6. Drizzle a little orange marmalade on top when still warm.
  7. Scoff the lot... err, I mean eat one and watch the children scoff the lot.
  8. Note to self: an orange marmalade butter cream would be great, or a simple lemon icing.


single muffinI’ll be doing a bit of running and walking on that treadmill today too.

Not to burn off the cake calories so much as to exercise the old heart and release some happy hormones.

Hope that all is well for you and yours.

Love from one much relieved mamma.






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Posted on: May 30, 2013


  • Reply May 30, 2013


    Those look yummy – every time I see something that someone has made with a thermomix I turn a little shade of green !!!
    So glad Giant Teen 16 is recovering well – hope things continue that way !
    Have the best day !

    • Reply May 30, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Thank you, he’s all good now and watching the DVD ‘War Horse’ right behind me. I wish I could watch too but have got piles and piles of stuff to do, all overdue!

  • Reply May 30, 2013


    So glad the surgery went well – sounds nasty as. Internet use is always a good sign!
    The muffins look delicious! I’m bookmarking them to add to the growing list of things to bake. Yum!

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Man they look good. I love an orange taste to my cakes.

    Chickpeas in a chocolate cake sounds most interesting. Love to hear precisely what that’s about.

    • Reply May 30, 2013

      Seana Smith

      It’s baking as we speak. I’m not sure how it’ll be, and I threw in a half tin of condensed milk to the original recipe. What can go long. Will report back.

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    It’s such an anxious time when you have a child in hospital so I’m very pleased to hear it all went well. I’m having trouble subscribing to your blog. I’ve subscribed a few times but I’m not getting email notifications of your posts! xx

    • Reply May 31, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hi there, you should get one post every Saturday with excerpts from each week’s posts. I’ll have a check at Mailchimp. Must pop over and hear how the running’s going!

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    These look wonderful – so glossy & moist! Oh & homemade marmalade – YUM!! Baking is definitely my stress buster! Glad to hear your 16 yr old is recovering – sounds pretty hideous for him! Stopping by from FYBF. 🙂

  • These look great.!! Orange marmalade is on the shopping list 🙂 x

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    These look so good Seana. I’m pinning them for the next time I get my bake on!

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    Oh lordy! Poor giant teen. Speedy recovery.

    One of these days I will stop pining at people’s lovely recipes and pics and bloody well get off my whiny arse to make some with sugar-free-diet-approved substitute. Hmmmph.

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    I am actually reading this whilst I am on the treadmill and these look great. May just have to give them a go! Have a great weekend, glad the teen is recovering ok x

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    Might just have to face the stress of baking and try your yummy muffins, Seanna! They look gorgeous. I hope that Teen 16 is all healed and better.

  • Reply May 31, 2013


    They look delicious! Send some over please!
    Yay for Teen16’s op being a success. Now for you to give him some motherly pampering 🙂

  • Reply June 1, 2013


    Glad to hear the surgery went well. It’s always a stressful event for a parent when their child has to have anaesthetic. I am not a fan of orange marmalade, but I’m wishing I had some in the house now because I would love it in a muffin!

  • Reply June 1, 2013


    That abcess sounds nasty – I hope he gets well very quickly.

    I’m pretty sure cake and muffins like these will do the job. 🙂

  • Reply June 1, 2013

    Gourmet Getaways

    How terrible to need surgery for an abscess! …and to be told that it was all the way to the bone :0!!! Wow, teenagers are gross! (I have two)

    It was funny to read that you use your treadmill for stress relief and happy hormones. I do the same thing 🙂 …and for the other times there is always wine 🙂

  • Reply June 2, 2013

    Robyn (Mrs D)

    So glad the surgery went well. It’s horrible to watch them go in. I was a mess when Miss H went in – I think she recovered far quicker than me. Oh and those muffins look delish xx

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