Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes


{not my picture, click for source)

Spring is here! Do you remember those Orange Creamsicle ice cream cups? My grandma always had those in the freezer and I had one pretty much every visit. The flavor still brings back great memories. So when I found a recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes from Dulcedo I knew I had to try them! I can definitely say it was a good choice :-) The cupcake itself has a nice orange flavor and the frosting tastes exactly like the classic Orange Creamsicle cups. 
Makes a little over 24 cupcakes
2-3 medium oranges
3 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

Orange Frosting
1 cup butter, room temperature
6-8 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 cup orange juice (preferably fresh)

Marshmallow Fluff
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2/3 cup water
5 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins. 
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Peel oranges (removing any seeds and as much of the white pith as possible) and puree in a blender or food processor. 
Measure out 1/2 cup of the liquidy pulp. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine orange pulp, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, orange extract, sugar, and vegetable oil.

With the mixer on low, gradually add in the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated.

Fill your liners 2/3 full and bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before filling, frosting, or garnishing as desired.

To make the orange frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium-high speed until creamy. Add half of the sifted sugar, the vanilla, the orange extract, and the orange juice. Beat until combined. Gradually add the remaining sugar until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. I used a hand mixer for this frosting because I made the marshmallow fluff in my stand mixer.
I added some orange food coloring just for fun :-)

To make the marshmallow fluff:
Heat 1 1/2 cups sugar, the corn syrup, and 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
Watch the thermometer!  I burnt my first attempt :-(
Meanwhile, put egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Reduce speed to medium-low. 
Add the hot syrup in a slow, steady stream down sides of bowl. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until stiff peaks begin to form. With the mixer still running, gradually add the vanilla and continue beating until the fluff is smooth and cool, about 7 minutes.
Frost. You can either fill the cupcake with one frosting and top with the other, or use both frosting in a swirl pattern. I tried piping both together. It was my first time using that method, so it didn't turn out perfect, but I think it's a cool effect. Dulcedo has a great how-to for piping two colors of frosting at once.


  1. These look fabulous and delicious! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

  2. I think you did a great job piping! :) And they look and sound fabulous. We used to get frozen yogurt that tasted exactly like those little cups. I miss it!

    Following from Sweet Tooth Friday!

  3. these look delish! I love your blog title...i have three sisters! :)

  4. I love your blog..it is so cute and very unique! and I love cupcakes too.I am your newest follower too..yes! Hope you can drop by my blog too. www.cookiedropletsetcbymarelie.com

  5. You are making me crave something sweet. They look delicious.

  6. I love the orange flavor with these...In my opinion you just dont see it enough!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday!

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  7. Yummm. What a perfect looking cupcake!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! :)

  8. oooh yummylicious and it looks adorable! thanks for sharing the recipe and great job on the photos too!

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    Susan @ http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

  9. I remember those cups of ice cream. My grandmother had a good supply of them, too. Makes me wonder why my mom never bought them! Those cupcakes sound amazing. I love the marshmallow creme!

  10. Woohoo! Thank you for the recipe. This is very educational for me :)

  11. Hmm.. These looks so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} as well!


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