Monday, June 11, 2012

Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The sweet official milestone stamp is the culmination of a good 17 years completed. 17 years of what, you may ask.
2012 , June 11 minus 6209 days transports me to the very day I was getting married and ready to spend the rest of my life with my brand new spouse.


I am blessed to be able to march through life alongside JZ. In true fairness, he is my all time hero, my absolute bestest friend. 


Mind you, marriage is not a piece of cake (pun or no pun?). I probably don't have to tell you that. However,  it is life's most important journey. Through that filter, we clearly account the span and quality of ours, to the giver of life Himself, Jesus Christ. He is the unshakable core presence our marriage is thankful for, the fortifying foundation that glued us together and supplied the resulting family that rolled out from our union. We were joined for and by God alone. He is faithful and we together will always praise Him.

So to toast our special day, as well as creating jamboree central for our kids', ( they're in on it as much as we are) lovely orange cupcakes topped with tangy cream cheese frosting will be our first-line festivity.

My instincts aspired to bake a huge celebration cake, that remaining our usual antecedent. This time round , common sense prevailed. Of course, being just the 4 of us, baking a mountainous cake seemed extremely ridiculous. Especially with the fact that  my kids are endowed with some serious cupcake love. The effortless decadence of these cute cakes marked our occasion with celebratory fun in a cinch.

Further, the glorious cupped goodies are loaded with orange awesomeness. They are super fragrant and and have a moist, dewy crumb. The indisputable flavor of cream cheese in the icing really does top the cake. Sans frosting, they could make for a most mindblowing breakfast muffin.

Orange Cupcakes~
Ingredients:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter. softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp orange rind
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c orange juice
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350° F,
  • Using either stand or hand held electric mixer set to medium high,combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until combined and creamed together.
  • In another bowl sift together flour, cornstarch, rind, baking powder and salt until well distributed.
  • By keeping mixer speed at medium, alternate by adding dry ingredients with orange juice into the butter/egg mixture, gradually beating with each addition until all ingredients are combined and batter is smooth .
  • Spoon batter into cupcake lined pans, 3/4th full for each.
  • Place cupcakes in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until done.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.
Makes 12 cupcakes.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting~
Ingredients:
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 3-4 c confectioner's sugar 
Method:
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, orange juice and zest on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Reduce to low speed and add confectioner's sugar, gradually, one cup at a time, beating well with each addition.
  • Increase speed to medium high and beat until smooth, adding more sugar if needed to get a slightly thick consistency to pipe onto cupcakes.
  • Put frosting into pastry bag fitted with large star tip and start from the center of the cupcake, working your way around, circling entire area of each cake. Move the tip concentrically around the center until you loop and reach the outer rim and edge of cupcake.
  • Garnish with orange rind or orange slices (optional).
Notes:
Instead of piping you could spread on frosting with spatula in which case you could make do by halving the frosting recipe, for 12 cupcakes. 
The number 17 is nothing but melted candy melts piped onto wax paper. After it dried hard, I placed it on a cake.



"There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.”  ~ Martin Luther 


circa 1995

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"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV)

28 comments:

  1. our wishes Tisa.. happy anniversary... :)

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    1. Thank you so much Reshmi, so sweet of you. I'm working on my award post :))

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  2. Happy Anniversary...Cupcake looks tempting.

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  3. Thank you Tina, for the wishes and the sweet words :)

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  4. Awww Happy Anniversary my friend, you are such a cutie! 17 years is amazing! And these cupcakes really are the only way to celebrate the special occasion :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thank you much my dear Uru, you are most gracious. I really appreciate your very sweet words.

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  5. firstly let me congratulate you for 17 years of happy married life.. and wish you many many more years of togethrness...
    i loved teh clicks on your blog ... lovely recipe too.... will be checking out more recipes today...
    am a new entrant into teh blog world and hope to bump into you here and there:)

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    1. First of all, welcome to the blogging world! I am a babe here too, so we're probably in the same boat :))Your comments on my recipes and clicks mean a lot, especially when you see what they looked like a few months ago ;-) Thank you Renu, first for the wishes, too- truly appreciated. Blessings on your space, will come over to check it out.

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  6. happy anniversary, your cupcake looks just fantastic. i love it

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    1. Thank you very much Kanan- they were easy to make and finished fast too..

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Praise God for His faithfulness in your marriage!
    Oh, and these cupcakes sound amazing!

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    1. Yes Praise God! And thank you so much Jessica- I played around with these ingredients and came up with this. We love citrus and cake- and they're easy and fast, another reason for the amazingness :)))

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  8. Our best wishes to the lovely couple,Hope you had a great day!!
    Cupcakes looks gorgeous to celebrate the day!!

    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June'12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

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    1. Thank you so much Julie- both for the wishes and your lovely comment :)

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  9. Oh, these cupcakes look divine! Thanks for the sweet award and happy anniversary!

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    1. Thanks much and you so deserve it :))

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  10. Love the humor behind the post.....Belated Anniversary wishes.....cakes look delectable....

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  11. Belated anniversary wishes Tisa! you look soo young in your profile picture that I almost thought you were just married after looking at your pic. with hubby :)

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    1. Thank you Leena, your comment makes me smile. The profile pic is in black and white, the magic of digital photography combined. He, he...I am not young, girlie, but I so appreciate your compliments :-D

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  12. Hi there! greetings from malaysia! First of all... I AM SO GLAD! i found your blog, i made these today and they turned out perfect! thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe with us! i've always wanted to make perfect cupcakes but failed each time! thank you so much !
    sincerely
    -loise

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    1. Thank you Loise for your thoughtful words. I'm so thankful for comments, but I especially love to hear from people who've actually tried the recipes I draft up. Elated to hear that the cupcakes turned out well :-DD Thanks so much again.

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  13. I was craving citrus cake and found this and tried these last night. They turned out great for me too! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's very nice to get feedback from someone who's tried a recipe from here. I truly appreciate the thoughfulness behind this lovely comment.

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  14. Well, I'm a little late but happy anniversary! I found this recipe today and baked it for my school bake sale tomorrow. They turned out perfect and are my best batch of cupcakes to date! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! Your kind testimony just made my day. I'm so glad they worked for you. Happy bakesale-ing :))

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  15. Hi! I made these for Xmas. i added a bit of orange essence to the frosting and the cakes to make it super orangey. These were the hit of my dessert tray and I am so happy to have come across your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to seeing your other recipes!

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  16. Lovely one!!! :) Will make them soon...

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