So this week I have a huge interest in baking with orange, and am trying to prep myself up for a contest I want to enter – this Pilsbury “bake-off” which is a pretty big contest but I’m just entering for fun.
Anyhow these didn’t come out as I had “envisioned” so I call this a practice round. Either way, they are very light, refreshing, and fun to make – and Baboo approved (though he’ll eat anything!).
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one small-medium navel orange
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 fresh squeezed orange juice + 5-6 tablespoons orange juice
Orange buttercream frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
Teaspoon on vanilla extract
juice from one orange, plus additional tablespoons of orange juice as needed
red + yellow food coloring
Heeere we go! It’s your basic vanilla cupcake recipe, but with lots-o-citrus. Grease or line cupcake pans – this recipe makes about 12. Heat your oven to 350.
Cream the butter & sugar, then add the eggs, followed by the vanilla, and orange zest. Squeeze as much juice as possible from your orange – at least 1/4 cup. Add to another 1/4 cup of milk, and put aside to use in a bit. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking powder. Then alternately add the dry ingredients and milk/juice to the mix (starting and ending with milk and juice).
At this point I added a few more tablespoons of orange juice from the fridge just to give it more OJ flavor. The batter tastes a lot like a creamsicle – its so good. Then pour in to your pans and bake for 15-17 minutes or so!
So here we are – all baked and ready to go. For the frosting, just mix the butter with the vanilla, and add then confectioners sugar and juice alternatively. Again, add some tablespoons – I did up to about 5 or 6, to make the icing really citrus-y, as you crave it. At the end, add about 12 drops of yellow dye with 4 of red for a light but vibrant orange color!
There’s really no wrong way to decorate these – I made them in to little double-deckers & enjoyed them plain, but I imagine they’d be great with some chocolate glaze or sprinkles!
My adventures in orange journey onward!! Along with a few other fruit-filled surprises. Promise! For now, enjoy this awesome video of Jeff Tweedy performing a new song.