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Lemon Cupcakes

2 Sep

Yesterday it was FINALLY cold enough where I could bake some cupcakes without having to worry about the dreaded heat melting or altering my cupcakes and frosting.  I do have to say, that is the one thing I did NOT take into account when I started my cupcake adventures.  But, luckily for me, Portland only has 6 week long heat spells so that is the time I just crank out the idea book and get ready for cooler weather.

I recently befriended this really cool guy on Twitter, he lives in India currently and is a food blogger himself! Nikhil Merchant.  We didn’t just meet because Twitter recommended we follow each other, we met because I was holding a Twitter contest and one of my followers Retweeted the information.  Now, for some reason, he could not find me on the system! So I kept getting this tweets about how “@CupcakeLinnie does not exist” Now that was no good so I kept replaying about how I do exist and FINALLY after 20 minutes or so we got it to work! As a thank you for trying so hard to follow me on Twitter, I told him I would send him so free cupcakes (now, this was BEFORE I knew he lived in India).  He fell in love with my Vodka Infused Lemon Drop Cupcakes, but sadly I could not sendthem to him becasue of the distance.  Luckily, he has family in the states and because I ship all over the county anyways, I knew I could complete that task!

And what perfect time too! His cousin is going off to her first year of college and just LOVE LOVE LOVES cupcakes!!! His whole family actually adores them, and Nikhil even sent me a sweet message about the memories of his Aunt, Uncle and Cousin forcing him to frost cupcakes.  With permission from him, here is what he wrote me:

My Cousin is a crazy cupcake fanatic I remember when I was in USA staying with them couple of years ago, she would make me frost cupcakes with her… haha (once she even got Louis Vuitton cupcakes made) … and my Aunt is a gem, loves food and the fine things in life, as for my uncle – crazy guy but super fun!
These cupcakes are a super light and moist lemon cupcake made with yogurt instead of milk (this helps it be way more moist) and a little less butter than most cupcakes (to help with the lightness) and after the cupcakes are baked, while still hot, brushed with real citrus vodka.  The buttercream frosting is a basic lemon buttercream but instead of milk, I replaced it with, yup you guessed it, VODKA!
Vodka Infused Lemon Cupcakes
I hope that they are as happy to recive and eat these Lemon cupcakes as much as I was excited to bake them and ship them off.
And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!
~Linnie

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

14 Aug

Happy National Creamsicle Day

It seems like every day there is a food that we Americans are honoring, and you know what? I am so okay with that! Earlier this week it was National S’mores Day and today is National Creamsicle Day!! I love creamsicles…I mean, I love and adore S’mores but OMG I am seriously IN LOVE with the vanilla orange mixture of creamsicles.

My favorite memory is when I was younger at summer birthday parties playing in the hot sun and then just when I thought I was going to pass out of heat, the adults would whip out the little individual plastic scalloped containers full of orange and vanilla ice cream.  You know, the one’s with the wooden double sided spoons…I am craving one right now!

Instead of just going to the store and buying a bag full of these little ice cream containers (and eating them ALL) I just had to make creamsicle cupcakes!! What could be better than cupcakes that TASTE like ice cream and WON’T melt?!? Ummmm….nothing.

Before trying to actually bake these cupcakes, I looked at several Creamsicle cupcake recipes and after my research, I created my own recipe.  So please, if you are to re-blog this recipe please link me  🙂

To make the cupcakes and frosting to taste like orange I used orange flavored Jell-o powder and to make the vanilla more cream tasting I used a cream cheese frosting I added more vanilla extract than normal and used pure vanilla extract.

These cupcakes are pretty easy to make and the taste of them seems like you spent hours slaving in the kitchen!

Equipment you will need

  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • 2 standard 12 cupcake pan
  • 24 standard cupcake liners
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 2 piping bags (or ziplock bags)

Creamsicle Cupcakes

Makes about 24 standard cupcakes

Orange Cream Cupcakes

  •  3 ounce package orange flavored Jell-o powder
  • 4 serving size package cream cheese instant pudding mix
  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup orange juice

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line the 24 standard cupcake cups with liners.  Right away, set aside 2 teaspoons of the Jell-o powder to use for the cream cheese frosting.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, instant cheesecake powder, and the rest of the Jell-o powder.

In a large bowl whisk together the oil and sugar until smooth and combined.  Add each egg one at a time, combing completely between each egg.  Add the vanilla and mix until combined.  Add the orange juice and slowly mix into batter (it might splatter everywhere if you whisk too hard).  Now, add the flour mixture and mix until just combined and smooth.

Evenly pour the batter into the cupcakes cups, filling each about 2/3 full.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the middle cupcake come out clean.  Cool the cupcakes in the baking pan for 5 minutes and then transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to let cool completely, about 1-2 hours.

Creamsicle Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 teaspoon orange flavored Jell-o powder
  • 10 tablespoon unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low, beat the butter, cream cheese, and 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla until mixed completely and smooth, takes about 2 minutes.  Add 4 cups of powdered sugar, mixing on low-medium speed until smooth, about 2 minute.  Add more powdered sugar until you get desired consistency.

Place 1 cup of the original cream cheese frosting in a spate bowl and beat in the remaining ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.  To the remaining cream cheese frosting add the reserved orange flavored Jell-o powder and beat until combined.

In one of the piping or ziplock bags, pour in the orange flavored cream cheese frosting and in the other piping or ziplock bag pour in the vanilla flavored cream cheese frosting.  Snip off about 1/2 inch of the corner of the orange flavored cream cheese frosting and pipe the frosting on each cupcake to cover the top.  Now snip off ¼ inch of the corner of the vanilla flavored cream cheese frosting and pipe a small blob on top of each cupcake.

Now it is time to get down and eat your creations!! Have a wonderful National Creamsicle Day and celebrate to the fullest!!!

Alright, so I know that there are people in this world that just love cupcakes and hate to bake!  All you non baking creatures out there are in LUCK! Instead of convincing a loved one to make them for you, you can go to my ETSY Shop and get them sent directly to your door! Your package will come with a collection of unfrosted cupcakes, both types of frosting on the side and directions on how to decorate.  That easy!!  To honor this day, you can now get 10% your order, just type in OJCream at checkout.

And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!

~Linnie

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