Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

A slice of these delicious, cheerful, little Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves is sure to brighten your day.

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

Here’s a fun fact about me — my last name is Mooiweer, it is Dutch, and it literally translates into “nice weather” (mooi = nice, weer = weather). We Mooiweers, have a saying, that “Wherever we go, we bring the nice weather!” Funny, right?

Anyway, for that to be true now, your idea of nice weather would have to be, below freezing temperatures and over six feet of snow. Mine certainly isn’t! I don’t mind the snow, it’s the cold that I’m getting tired of and I am dreaming of warm sunny days.

Since spring is still many weeks of away, I have to settle for baking something warm and cheerful. I really loved the Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaves, that I made a little while back, so I decided to make another quick bread using citrus — this time I decided to use orange.

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

I found this recipe for an Orange Sunshine Loaf from Canadian Living. It sounded wonderful and, I really loved the name. After making my version, I can say, the name is appropriate, these loaves, really are little rays of sunshine. I made a few changes, mainly subbing light sour cream for yogurt and I made mini loaves rather than one larger loaf.

I’m still loving the mini loaves, they are just so cute. And, I discovered, a slice of a mini loaf, fits perfectly in the palm of one of my twin 2.9 year old girls’ hands.

Here is an affiliate link to the exact set of mini loaf pans that I purchased from Amazon last December.

I really love these pans, the loaves always come out perfectly. And best of all, these pans are seamless, which means there are no little crevices for food to get stuck into. I have that problem with some of my larger loaf pans with seams, food is always getting stuck in the crevices and I find myself trying to clean them with a toothpick, which is not fun at all. So, I highly recommend these pans.

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

A slice or two of these delicious Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves is perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea, or any time of day when you are craving a little bit of sunshine.

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 mini loaves (5 ¾ inch x 3 inch)

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves

A slice of one of these delicious, cheerful, little Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves is sure to brighten your day.


    for the mini loaves:
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (from about 1 orange)
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • for the glaze:
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease three (3) 5 ¾ inch x 3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together eggs and sugar until well combined.
  3. Add in vegetable oil and vanilla and beat to combine
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture, alternating with sour cream, to egg mixture, in 3 additions of flour and 2 additions of sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Add in orange juice, stir to combine.
  7. Spoon batter into greased loaf pans, filling each pan about ¾ of the way full. Bake in preheated oven for 28-32 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of a loaf comes out clean.
  8. Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove loaves from pans, place on rack and cool completely.
  10. To make glaze, whisk together 4 teaspoons orange juice with powdered sugar; gradually adding sugar by tablespoon.
  11. Spread glaze evenly over loaves with spatula or knife.


This recipe can be used to make one 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ inch loaf. Increase baking time to 40-45 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

Orange Sunshine Mini Loaves
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  1. Michelle says:

    I love your family’s saying, Joy.My citrus trees are starting to bloom–the scent of citrus is like sunshine. These mini loaves look perfect for enjoying sunshine any way you can.
    Thank you for sharing with the last See Ya in the Gumbo party and for sharing over these many weeks. Although the party is over, features will be posted tonight. Your Orange Sunshine Loaves are in the Top Five!
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  2. Cathy says:

    I love the refreshing taste of citrus, and the this would be a great spring treat with the sunshine flavor of orange! The frosting on top is just perfect! I would love for you to share this over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!

  3. Joanne T Ferguson says:

    G’day Joy and thanks for sharing at the Say G’day Party All pinned!
    I hope you will like to join me again next Saturday, perhaps bring a friend and can share up to 3 links! Cheers! Joanne

  4. Karren Haller says:

    HI Joy, well those look mouth watering, and I have a down fall for moist cake. I have not made a citrus flavored cake for a long time. Your recipe is saved to my Recipe board.

    Thanks for linking on The Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week. I hope you have sunshine and sweet smells of spring soon.
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  5. Jen says:

    These would be perfect on the Easter brunch table! Pinned, stumbled and yummed these babies. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Debi @ Adorned From Above says:

    This looks delicious. I’m going to have to try it. I also had a laugh at your post. The weather part is funny. We just moved from Colorado to Southern Florida. I’m am happy not to have any cold weather this winter. That is until I have to go to Connecticut or Denver to visit our family.
    Have a great week, and thanks for the laugh.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
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  7. Linda says:

    Joy, these look delicious. I wish for you warmer weather and Spring blossoms soon. My roses are coming out and our fruit trees are beginning to bloom!
    Now we have to deal with windy,windy days.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
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