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Well, the weather is changing here in Missouri, in case you’ve missed my last seventy posts about it. The air is crisper, the rain smells fresher, and it’s time to wear gloves driving in to work.
So obviously I made some orange slice cupcakes because of all the autumn emotions it invokes. (Can humans detect robot sarcasm?)
Then I guess these cupcakes are good for a few reasons: 1) if you’re missing summer, these will remind you with their bright orange flavor, 2) orange color=Halloween, as far as I’m concerned, 3) if you just like to put candy in everything you eat, and 4) I can’t really think of a reason beyond the “candy-in-everything” excuse because that one was pretty solid.
Plus, the orange slices just lend themselves to being the cutest cupcake topper ever. I’m pretty sure other humans will forgive you for feeding them summer-inspired cupcakes in the fall. It’s not like you’re wearing white after Labor Day or anything.
Unless you are! In which case, it’s totally cool and I’m not judging you at all. (I’ll really not judge you if you make these cupcakes! Smart move, human!)
Orange Slice Cupcakes
1/2 cup milk
10 orange slices
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.
2. In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, combine milk and orange slices, stirring occasionally. When mixture becomes very thick and jelly-like, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Once slightly cooled, transfer to a food processor to pulse until completely smooth.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add this flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in orange slice mixture.
5. Fill baking cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp orange extract
1-2 tbsp milk, if necessary
1-2 drops of orange food gel
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar. Add orange extract. Stir in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Stir in orange food gel.