Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vanilla Cupcakes with Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting


I came home craving cupcakes after a rainy day at work. I figured I should probably make mini cupcakes and cut the recipe in half because knowing me, I will probably eat more than my fair share of these. Enjoy!


Vanilla Cupcakes with Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting
Cupcakes:
(I used the same recipe I did when I made Vanilla Maple Cupcakes)
Ingredients: (recipe from Magnolia Bakery)
(Double the recipe for regular cupcakes)
- 3/4 cups of self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 stick of butter (softened)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line tins with liners and set aside.
3. Combine flours in a small bowl and set aside.
4. In another bowl, cream butter with electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating in between. Do not over beat.
5. Add flour, milk, flour, vanilla, flour, milk in that order (a little each time). Using spatula, get batter off side of bowl and mix in.
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes (Again, this is for mini-cupcakes. Regular cupcakes bake for 20 to 25 minutes).
8. Let cool on wire rack before icing.
Icing:
(Adapted from Gale Gand's Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting)
Ingredients:
- 3 cups of confectioner's sugar
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon blood orange compound flavor

1. Using hand mixer (or if your lucky enough to be using a stand mixer with whisk attachment), mix sugar and butter together for about 2 minutes on medium (start off low and work up to medium).
2. Add cream and continue to beat for another minute.
3. Add compound flavor and mix together. Taste. Add more if you want the flavor or color stronger.
4. Using pastry bag and large icing tip, pipe icing onto cupcakes.

33 comments:

Kenza Salem said...

these look AMAZING claire! are they delicious? jeez im jealous.

chelsea rebecca said...

love the miniature size of these!! rainy day and cupcakes! is anything better??! i think not!

April Cavin said...

I love the Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe-- have the book and have made several things from it. The frosting you made sounds so interesting-- very creative and I'm sure it's a challenge not to eat all them!

figtree said...

I love anything with blood orange in it! These look DELISH!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh what perfect little cupcakes can I have one and one for my lil daughter! lol Rebecca

Jody said...

OH MY GOD . DID YOU ACTUALLY DO THESE, TEHY R SO BEAUTIFUL.. WOW, U R A PRO.....!! WANT ONE RIGHT NOW!

Mireya said...

You know, I have never had a blood orange, but I love the vanilla/orange combo so these HAVE to be delicious!!

Jana said...

This sounds CRAZY good, I really need to bake this week, no treats around here lately ;(

nicole said...

These are so cute!

annalisamarie said...

UMMMM...incredible. I love the frosting. I need to make these now.

3 hungry tummies said...

These are so pretty, not sure I'm able to do the frosting as pretty though

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Hello, neighbor! San Francisco is my favorite playground and I am very familiar with the Easy Bay. I adore vanilla cakes and cupcakes. How clever of you to use blood oranges. I love them! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Debby

Pink Lace and Cupcakes said...

Amazing! I am absolutely going to have to make these:)

Jody said...

where do you fine the blood orange compound flavoring? i looked on line and it is very expensive.

Claire (Culinarygoddess.com) said...

April- Its my new favorite cupcake recipe, its so light and fluffy

Jody- I got it at a store in Berkeley called Spun Sugar on University Avenue kind of near San Pablo. They have a ton of baking stuff and it was only about $5 I think. I have tons of cupcakes left over if you guys want some!

Amanda said...

These little gems look so pretty and I bet they taste amazing. I love the look of the pretty colored icing.

Kimbirdy said...

So Pretty!

Ellie said...

They are gorgeous! Love the blood orange flavor :)

amiami said...

checked out your blog via meaghan. these look wonderful! i heart blood oranges. must try. thanks for sharing.

Natalie said...

Gorgeous, girl! These cupcakes look magnificent. xo

Velva said...

Your cupcakes are beautiful! I really like the idea of using blood orange in the frosting-so, so pretty.

lostpastremembered said...

Blood Orange frosting is pure genius!! Great photo of a great cupcake.

B & D said...

they look delicious!! and i love the idea of blood orange buttercream frosting...

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Jenni said...

So I'm trying really hard to resist the urge to go make these right now. You must post a healthy recipe ASAP before I make these and devour each and every one. Yum, yum, yum!

Kitchen M said...

So pretty! I've never heard of blood orange flavoring compound. I will have to check that out.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Super stunning cake. That frosting looks delish and so perfectly piped!

Camilla Leila said...

for the record -- these cupcakes are even better than they look!

nikolina100 said...

OMG!! these look amazing!!!

Chef E said...

These are beautiful! I love blood orange, oh heck I love orange period...I wish I had a few of these to pop in my mouth!

bakingwithoutabox said...

These look divine! I've never flavored frosting with blood orange but may have to give it a try now.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I know I'll just be repeating everyone else but these are GORGEOUS!! Saved your recipe and will definitely try it....one day :D

Gloria said...

aaah these cupcakes are amazing!"!!!! gloria