Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Orange Cupcakes With Orange Curd Cream

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Good grief, Sunkist. What have you done to your oranges??? These must be the sourest navel oranges I have ever tasted. When I bit into the orange, I literally went into shock. The orange was so acidic and sour, I swear I heard my oesophagus sizzle and burn.

I cut open a second one to try, and again ... sour as a lemon! *grimace* What would you have made if you had some impossibly sour oranges on hand? Pray tell. I could only think of using them for baking, so Orange Cupcakes with Orange Curd Cream made their way to our table for tea that day.

(adapted slightly from here)

Orange Cupcakes
- 195g all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 170g butter, softened
- 225g sugar (I reduced to 190g)
- 1 large egg, plus one large egg yolk (I used 2 whole eggs this time, because they were so small)
- 1 1/2 tbsp orange zest
- 12 tbsp whole milk (I used 6 tbsp milk + 6 tbsp juice)

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1. Preheat oven to 190°C and line your muffin tins.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Using a mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy for about 2 minutes.

4. Beat in orange zest, then egg and egg yolk. If the mixture curdles, just add 1 tbsp of flour and continue mixing.

5. On low speed, add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with milk.

6. Switch mixer to medium and beat for 10 to 15 seconds, just until batter appears uniform. The batter should look thick and creamy.

7. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top with spatula or knife.

8. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until it reaches a dark-gold color and an inserted cake tester comes out clean.

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Orange Curd Cream
- Orange Curd (substitute lemons with oranges using this recipe)
- Freshly whipped cream

1. After you have whipped your desired amount of cream to soft peaks, add in the orange curd and fold to combine. Cover and refrigerate immediately.

2. It depends how strong you want your cream to taste of orange but I would suggest a ratio of 1 part curd to 3 parts cream (approximately). It worked just right for me. I would also suggest that you consume the cream the same day you make it because it doesn't keep.

Since I had some orange zest leftover, I used it to sprinkle all over the frosted cupcakes (if you can even call that "frosting"!) and topped them with whole walnuts.

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Just in case you much prefer lemons to oranges, I have an all-lemony version right here. :)


  1. i already have your banana crumb muffins in queue, bookmarked this recipe as well.

  2. Good thinking! I like how you turned the negative into the positive with these pretty little cupcakes. :D

  3. Great idea to turn the sour oranges into lovely, yummy cupcakes.

  4. looks stunning..perfectly baked.

  5. this looks AMAZING!! i love any orange flavoured cakes/cream... dont normally eat a lot of cupcakes but i cant wait to try this now -- yum!! Thanks for this recipe! =D

  6. They look moist and full of flavors. Got to love orange cupcakes!

  7. Well im pretty glad your oranges were so darn sour or else i wouldnt have this gorgeous looking recipe in my life right now :) seriously, these look delicious! Anything citrus is so lovely and i dont bake with oranges as much as i would like. Great recipe :)

  8. sunkist oranges are not sunkist anymore i think. sometimes, they just place stickers on top!

  9. They look delicious..
    You know I have found oranges to be more sour also!
    tell me how you keep the cute muffin cups so nice..mine change color:( it's like the batter stains them when baking:(
    Help sweetheart:)

  10. I love the orange fragrance in cakes....
    And your creation is wonderful :)

  11. i like walnut!
    do u have any choco molten lava cake recipe?

  12. What a great way to use up the sour oranges. I hardly ever bake with oranges - always sticking to lemon - so thank you for reminding me to use them more!

  13. Lol it's amazing how the universe works! I havent visited your site for a while now. But As it would have it, I have just returned from the supermarket n scored a massive bag of oranges for $2! Sour or not I am going to give this a go! Thanks!

  14. OH Ju these look like they come from a fancy bakery! Gorgeous!

  15. Where'd you get the wrappers? THose are adorable!

  16. Hi Ju, i'm daphne and I was recommended by my hubby to your blog. Just dropping a note to say I love the pictures and amazing recipes!!

  17. Sunkist oranges have been sour for ages! Just what happened?!?!?!

  18. i tried this today and not sure if i'd gone wrong in any of the step...like over beating the butter and sugar, or over beating the egg? can't possibly pick up the cake without breaking them into crumbles. do u have another recipe that is of a spongy texture?

  19. Awesome recipe! The cupcakes came out light and moist! Absolutely delicious :)