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Orange and Cardamom Iced Buns

Orange and Cardamom Iced Buns

The classic iced bun with a little flavour twist

Makes 12 Iced Buns



  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 sachet (7g) dried active yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 50g softened butter
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 100ml warm semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 175ml warm water


  • 300g icing sugar
  • Around 3-4 tbsp water
  • Food colouring


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine both flours, the yeast, salt, sugar, butter, orange zest and ground cardamom.
  2. Add the warm milk and egg and mix so it is all combined. 
  3. Add the water slowly, and not all at once. You might not need it all. Keep adding until it comes together to form a dough. It should be quite wet, but not so wet that you can't knead it by hand. 
  4. Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead for around 10 minutes until smooth. 
  5. Form into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for around an hour until doubled in size (the best place for this is in the oven with just the light on!)
  6. Once risen, punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal sized pieces. 
  7. Roll each piece into a ball, (flatten the dough, pinch it in on itself and then using your hand in a cupped shaped, roll it into a ball with circular motions on the worksurface) and place on lined baking trays. Make sure they have room to expand, you might need to bake them across two baking trays. 
  8. Cover loosely and leave again to rise until doubled in size (around 45 minutes).
  9. Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 200 C (fan).
  10. Bake the rolls for around 10 minutes until golden and remove from the oven.
  11. Leave to cool fully before icing. 
  12. To make the icing, in a bowl mix the icing sugar and water a little at a time. You are looking for quite a thick consistency that sits on the buns rather than running down them, so add the water a tsp at a time and mix thoroughly before adding more. If it runs off the spoon into the bowl without leaving a trail on itself, it is too runny!
  13. Add a small amount of food colouring to the icing if using, and then dip each bun into the icing.
  14. Mix up some white (or different coloured icing) and using a piping bag pipe the squiggles on top (completely optional!) or some sprinkles would look great! 
  15. Enjoy! 

Head to my Instagram Highlights @alice.fevronia for a video on how to make these, and if you give them a go, please tag me as I'd love to see!

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