Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

by foodlikecake

Everybody loves creamsicles, right? The tangy, bright orange surrounding the vanilla cream filling, and that’s exactly what these cupcakes embody. The cupcake itself is a white cupcake base with a hint of orange. They have a vanilla cream filling, and topped with an orange buttercream. Delicious.

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Ingredients: Cupcake (adapted from here)

Egg whites, 4 full liquid ounces

1 cup whole milk (split into 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

3 cups pre-sifted cake flour

1 and 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Orange food coloring

Cream Filling (from here)

1/2 stick butter

1/4 cup shortening, like Crisco

2 cups powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cup whole milk

3/4  teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

1 and 1/2 sticks salted butter

2 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon whole milk

1 teaspoon orange juice

Orange food coloring

Recipe: Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease, line, and grease again two cupcake tins.

In a medium bowl lightly combine egg whites, the 1/4 cup of milk, vanilla, orange, and food coloring.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients, mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add the butter and 3/4 cup of milk. Mix on low speed until all ingredients are the same texture and combined. Increase to medium-high speed and beat for 1 and 1/2 minutes to develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Gradually add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.

Put about an ice cream scoop’s worth of batter into each cupcake tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with crumbs on it.

Cream

Whip the shortening and butter together until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar, then the milk and vanilla. Fill your cupcakes!

Frosting

Cream butter until fluffy and very light in color. Mix in the powdered sugar until creamy, then add the extract, orange juice, and food coloring. Beat until smooth and creamy. Pipe onto cupcakes.

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Enjoy!

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