Came up with this glorious cupcake recipe yesterday, they taste just like an orange creamsicle. I baked them for a birthday party and they went down a treat, especially when I told the kids they didn't have to eat the orange on top! ;) These would be perfect for a baby shower or christening, they're really light and delicate.
For the cupcakes:
- 1/2 cup (4oz) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half, beans scraped
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup (6 fl oz) cream
- 1/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups plain flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- Vanilla buttercream mixed with 1tbsp orange zest
- Clementine segments to garnish
- Orange zest to garnish
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Prepare a cupcake tin with liners.
Cream butter and sugar until light in colour in large. Add in eggs, vanilla bean and orange zest. Mix orange juice and cream into the bowl.
Sift flour with the other dry ingredients and slowly add into the liquid ingredients, mixing well.
Spoon into cupcake liners, filling about 3/4 of the way up. This should yield about 16 cupcakes.
Bake for 20 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Allow to cool before frosting.
Decorate with vanilla frosting and clementine segments, sprinkling with some orange zest if desired.