Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I Give You...More Cupcakes


As promised, I've been doing lots of exploratory work into finding delicious cupcake recipes. It's a lot of hard work, but some poor schlub has to do it.

Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 2 dozen cupcakes

3 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
14 tbsp. butter
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. orange extract
orange zest to taste

frosting:

one 8 oz. package of cream cheese
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. orange extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. orange juice
orange zest to taste

Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in medium-sized bowl. In a larger bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest. A little orange zest goes a long way, so I wouldn't add more than a tablespoon. Add dry ingredients and mix well. When thoroughly mixed, pour into paper liners in muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees until tops are golden. Let these thoroughly cool before frosting.

For frosting, beat together cream cheese, butter, extracts, powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest. (I squeezed a bit of juice from the orange I happened to be "zesting.") When thoroughly creamified, frost cooled cupcakes liberally. Sample personally to check for deliciousness.

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