Monday, June 13, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes


Very few times does my domestic life cross over to my career life. But lately I've tried to erase that line in the sand in order to welcome a new employee to our department. Starting a new job is stressful especially when you're moving from a new city. So I wanted to make our new coworker feel welcome. I had not really ever brought baked goods to work except for one other time in the five years I had worked there. So I decided to make some cupcakes inspired from his former state and my hometown state of Florida.

There are a lot of differences between Florida and Tennessee. One of them is the weather. Most people who live here think the summers are humid. Coming from South Florida both he and I would disagree on this fact. In the summer in South Florida you almost have to take a shower after you check the mail.

That, my friend, is humid.

So in honor of Florida I decided to make an orange creamsicle flavored cupcake. I used my favorite recipe from Nigella the delicious and easy Fairycake recipe from her "How to be a Domestic Goddess" cookbook. Then I added orange flavoring to the icing and the cupcake batter. Top it off with a candied orange slice and we are good to go. 

Consider yourself welcomed.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
7 Tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoon orange flavoring
(May use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract instead of the suggested 1 tsp.vanilla extract.)
2-3 Tablespoons milk
Directions :
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (I bake them at 375* F)Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking paper cups. Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft consistency. (I use the full 3 Tablespoons)It doesn't seem like enough batter, but it will all work out, scrape every bit from the bowl and try to fill each cup equally.Bake for 15-20 or until they are golden on top. (These are perfectly baked in 14 to 15 minutes @ 375* in my oven) It's best to start checking them at 12 minutes.

Orange Cream Cheese Icing
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter softened
8 oz softened Cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp orange flavoring

Combine the room temperature butter and cream cheese together in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Slowly add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time and add the orange flavoring at the end. For the easiest results put the icing in piping bag with the tip of your choice and pipe onto cupcakes.

10 comments:

  1. oh very pretty and delicious looking :)

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  2. I LOVE orange creamsicle almost anything. What a lucky co-worker.

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  3. Gosh..This Orange Creamsicle looks so perfect!

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  4. So cute! (I must go find some of those orange candies before I make these!)

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  5. These are definitely a work of art :)

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  6. Congrats on the Top 9! Luckily, it led me to your delicious blog. Tried to make creamsicle cupcakes once- major fail! :( Your recipe looks awesome!

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  7. These sound sooooo amazing! Came across your blog on foodbuzz & am your newest follower!!!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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  8. Can't wait to make these today! It was the perfect touch for my daughter's summer birthday party!

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