Sunday, July 17, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I got new toys! The first and the one i was most excited over was the cupcake corer. :) I bought it especially to make these cupcakes because i decided on being adventurous and fill them with a different kind of frosting then the top. The second was a zester!

I combined a million recipes to come up with one that actually sounded yummy and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I just wanted a cupcake that tasted like a creamsicle. And i'm pretty sure that i accomplished that with these!

They are orange/vanilla cake with a marshmallow middle frosting and a orange cream cheese frosting on top. It's like summer. In your mouth.

The recipe for the cake portion i took from here. Except i ended up adding one thing at the end.

Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
Makes 24, bake 15 minutes, Bake at 350*
1 1⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1⁄2 cup orange juice
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 teaspoon orange extract
(optional: orange gel food coloring)

1. Beat butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, orange extract, orange juice and zest in a large bowl with mixer on high 3 minutes or until fluffy. (Optional: Add orange food coloring.)
2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.
3. On low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, just until blended, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

This was when i got to play with the zester. Actually i had to youtube how to use a zester. But don't tell anyone. I felt bad for the naked orange afterwards, though.

This recipe says to bake for 22 minutes. But they came out perfect for me at 15 minutes. I actually tinted the batter with orange frosting just a little. The natural color is a light orange, almost yellow. I added just enough to give it a pale orange color instead.

These were for a party. So i had to do this twice... The second time is when i added the extra orange extract. It changed the flavor slightly, but most importantly it made them SMELL SO GOOD. I ate one still hot. Don't judge.

As i said, i had to bake 48 of these babies. That's a lot of cupcakes. Rows of them. I like the cupcake liners too. Light orange.

I actually baked these Friday night and finished at midnight, so i had to finish them the next day. My mom complained that i have invaded her kitchen so i cored and frosted them before the party house instead. I also go to have worker bees help me for once. =p I got all the cupcakes cored and ready for frosting in no time. It's the perfect little hole!

We also kept the middle in a bowl for people to snack on. Drunk people will eat anything.

The middles were filled with a marshmallow frosting so easy to make it's ridiculous. Adapted from here.

Marshmallow Frosting
(Enough to frsot the tops of 24 regular cupcakes, or enough to fill 48 cupcakes)
1 8 0z Marshmallow jar
2 sticks butter
2 cups powdered sugar

It took all of 4 minutes to frost the centers. No lie. Just shoved the frosting in a bag and cut off the tip.

Then i got to make the frosting for the top. I actually made the same frosting twice, and used one in it's natural white color while i tinted the other frosting orange.

I hate butter cream! One day i will mess around until i find one i like, until then i am making cream cheese frosting. I have not had any complaints yet...

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes enough for generously frosting 24 cupcakes
1 stick butter
1 8oz cream cheese package
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons orange extract
(Optional: orange gel food coloring)

Why did i make two? Because i wanted them to be swirly! >.< It's more adorable that way, trust me. So i shoveled a zip lock with 1/2 orange and 1/2 white frosting and set to work. (Put the frosting on each side of the bag so that the tip (Wilton 1M) squeezes out both at the same time. It's tricky but it works!)

Since there were helpers in the kitchen, you can actually see me doing something for real this time =p

You can see that piped out, the frosting comes out in two colors! Cool huh? Kind of looks like those soft serve machines.

Once i was done with all 48, i set them up on my trusty cupcake display. But first i had to add a few finishing touches. They're popsicles right? They needed a popsicle stick through them! I also threw some candy oranges around the table.

And if you cut them down the middle you get to see how awesome filled cupcakes look on the inside!

I wish i had saved one now though. Cuz all these pictures made me hungry... do you guys want one too?


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Nintendo Cupcakes

When my external drive crashed, i lost this set of pictures. But i finally got them back thanks to the ex-bf. I think i made these about 4-5 years ago? This was when I first started experimenting with baking and things like food coloring. So they're just straight up out of the box. And apparently this was when I didn't know how to work the macro function on a camera either. Oy.

You may ask why the pictures aren't rotated correctly. I have been asking the same thing for about 24 hours. I DON'T KNOW WHY BLOGGER HATES ME AND DOESN'T DO AS I SAY. Just tilt your head crooked for a bit?

Nintendo Logo Birthday Cake

Red Mushroom

1-Up Mushroom

My favorite: Goomba! >.<


Obviously, they were for his birthday. I cant believe i tried to over-sugar him with a cake AND cupcakes though, haha. I used mainly black licorice and cut up marshmallows for the faces. The mushrooms i cut off the ends to make them mushroom shaped. And Reynolds sells the pre-formed star cups.

They're still one of my favorites ones I have ever made, despite them being messy. Maybe one day i will try these again, now that i'm not as sloppy and know not to use liquid food coloring.


P.S. (Hopefully) Awesome cupcakes coming this weekend! I'm excited to get into the kitchen again. All i have been baking the past few months have been cookies. But i feel like getting more creative! I already went to Michaels and have everything ready. :)