Recently we had a farewell party for friends at the studio and I wanted to make some good luck cupcakes. Orange is associated with good luck so I decided to make these quadruple orange cupcakes and they were beautiful.
Personal tip? Try to avoid baking and rushing at the same time. I could not for the life of me separate my eggs without the yolks breaking while trying to get these done in time for the party.
Technical tip? Eggs are easiest to separate when cold.
You will need: 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 large separated eggs, 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 cup room temperature butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest, 1 tsp orange extract, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 1/2 cup room temperature butter, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 2 cups sifted icing sugar, 1 tbsp orange blossom water, 1 tsp orange zest, sprinkles & decorative hearts.
Directions For Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
Beat egg whites in a large bowl with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Orange extract in separate large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside. Reduce speed and beat in flour mixture in three batches.
Alternating with the orange juice. End with flour mixture.
Fold in 1/3 of beaten egg whites. Add the rest and fold to combine.
Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling each about halfway. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out from the centre clean.
Let cool 10 minutes in the pans, then remove to racks to cool completely.
Directions For Frosting
Cream butter and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually and slowly beat in icing sugar. Add orange blossom water…
And orange zest and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost the cupcakes.
I really wanted to get out the cake decorating supplies and make these look all fancy but the great thing is delicious food with sprinkles and decorative hearts will always make people happy.
These were a huge hit at the party and if you love orange, you will ADORE these! If you think it is too much orange you can always make the frosting a chocolate one because orange and chocolate is such a classic combo.
May these cupcakes bring us all lots of good luck and happy tummies.