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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

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

5 Aug

Need I really say more?  Of course I will even though!!

Now, I know this idea is EVERYWHERE on the internet, but the secret truth is there is no ONE way to create this & you can use any kind of cupcake batter you desire to.   To me, that makes this project even more fun!!!

In my ice cream cone cupcakes I made a homemade confetti cupcake batter, a classic creamy buttercream frosting, and topped it with jimmie sprinkles!  Instead of cupcake liners, I used the ice cream cone (yes, I baked the cone with the batter inside).  You can use any ice cream cone: waffle cones or sugar cones works equally as well!

Instead of me going on and on about my adventures of creating these I thought I would just share with you the step by step of making these fun cupcakes!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Recipe yields 12 ice cream cone cupcakes

White Confetti Cupcakes

White cupcake adapted from Krystina Castella

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, seperated, room temperature

1  teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk (any kind), room temperature

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Shy 1/4 cup of rainbow jimmie sprinkles

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  DO NOT COMBINE CREAM OF TARTAR.
  2. In your standing mixer with a very clean whisking attachment beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy.  With the mixer still on high, add the cream of tartar and continue beating until a stiff peak forms (for an explanation of what a stiff peak is click of the link).  with a rubber spatula, carefully transfer into a small bowl to later use.  Try not to mix it and make it un-foamy.
  3. After washing out your mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft, about 2 mins.  With the mixer still on, add the sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 mins.  Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. With the mixer now on low, alternately add the flour mixture in thirds and the milk in half, starting and ending with flour.  Mix until just combined.
  5. Now, turn of the mixer and with a rubber spatula, stir in a little of the egg whites mixture into the batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining white AND sprinkles until combined.  Do not overmix.

For the set up of the ice cream cone cupcakes

12 flat bottom medium ice cream cones

Confetti cupcakes batter

Vanilla Buttercream (recipe below)

Rainbow Jimmie Sprinkles

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place ice cream cones upright in a standard cupcake pan.  Using a large  ice cream scoop, add 1 scoop of confetti batter into each cone, be careful to not fill the entire cone.
  2. Carefully place pan in your oven and bake for 20-25 mins, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  3. As the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.  Please allow Cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them, about 1 hour.
  4. Frost tops of ice cream cone cupcakes.  I used an extra large open star piping tip and a piping bag to make my swirls. And then top with more jimmie sprinkles!!!!
  5. Now..the best part…Eating them!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy

Creamy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

4 cups of powdered sugar, doesn’t have to be pre-sifted

3 tablespoon milk, any kind and room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla etract

  1. In a standing mixer, beat the butter and vanilla until smooth, about 2 mins
  2. Slowly add 2 cups of powdered sugar
  3. Add milk and mix until smooth
  4. Add the rest of the powdered sugar slowly until the desired thickness is achieved.

And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!

~Linnie

Cupcakes!

11 Jul

After a HUGE side step from cupcakes which lead me to mass confusion and a whole lot of finding myself I am back and so ready to start baking, blogging, and selling all things cupcakes!!!!

To start things off on the right foot (or left depending on your dominate foot), I was the featured artist this weekend at s wonderfuly adorable boutique in Portland Oregon called Stella’s on 21st !!!  It is such a wonderful store to find pretty much anything bright, fun, whimsical, and LOCAL.

Robyn Craig, the owner, contacted me and asked for me to bake up a wide selection of mini cupcakes so I could pass them out and hopefully get the word out on my cupcake shop.  She is most defiantly my most supportive and best customer I have yet!  She seems to be always ordering cupcakes, even if there is no real holiday or event coming up.  I also threw in 2 gift certificates for my etsy shop into their cupcake themed raffle!! I can’t wait to hear who the winners are 🙂

Because it was a HUGE summer event at Stella’s I naturally picked out summer themed cupcakes….Which meant, fruit fruit and more fruit!!!

Now, to the good stuff…What did I have on display? Drum roll please……..

Mini Upside Down Pineapple Cupcakes with Mango Whipped Cream

Upside Down Pineapple

Mini Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Raspberry Lemonade

Mini Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes with Orange & Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Dreamsicle

I had such a blast handing out the cupcakes!! More than once (and I mean WAY more) people wouldn’t believe me when I said they were real!! Customers kept thinking they were soaps or candles because,and I quote, “They look TOO perfect!” What a wonderful feeling that was.

Cupcake Display

I really do feel this was the best and only way to get my wheels a turning again on my adventures of a Physical Therapy student turned Cupcake Baker!! And I hope you all enjoy reading about it!!

And remember, a Cupcake Will Always Help!

~Linnie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake!

5 Apr

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake!

Cupcake bakers throw this title around a lot; usually they tossed some chocolate chips in vanilla cupcake batter OR they made chocolate chip cookie batter and used a muffin pan to shape them…Well, neither of those ways are used in these chocolate chip cookie cupcakes.

Craving Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, but no Grandma in sight? Well, lucky for you these cupcakes are a great substitute!

These cupcakes are truly a crispy chocolate chip cookie of the outside and super soft and gooey on the inside!  What a delight!

First I baked up a cupcake batter that tastes exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough (minus the chocolate chips), and topped it with a chocolate chip vanilla mixture so when the cupcake is baked the mixture stays on top and is in the middle.  So, when you bite into the cupcake you are surprised with a soft gooey middle of chocolate chips.  If you like gooey chocolate chip cookies you are going to love love love these cupcakes!

Now just top in with either ice cream or a vanilla whipped cream and you have the perfect treat!

And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!

~Linnie

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