Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes

yield: 24 CUPCAKES

Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes are a unique citrus cupcake recipe. They are made with real orange juice and orange zest!

Ingredients:

CUPCAKES

  • 3 sticks (1 & 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • zest of 3 oranges
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

BUTTERCREAM

  • 3 sticks (1 & 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (can substitute butter)
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp juice from oranges
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • orange gel food coloring

Directions:

CUPCAKES

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with 24 cupcake liners.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and orange zest, beat using an electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs, beat again.
  5. In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt, gently mix with a spoon. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing with a spatula.
  6. Add in the poppy seeds, mix again by hand.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes to until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

BUTTERCREAM

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and vegetable shortening, beat using an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add in the fresh orange juice and zest, gently mix by hand with a spatula.
  3. Begin to add the powdered sugar, about 2-3 cups at a time. Continue adding powdered sugar until the frosting no longer looks wet and tastes good to you.
  4. Add a little bit of orange gel food coloring and mix one last time.
  5. Transfer the buttercream into a piping bag fit with a Wilton 1M tip. Pipe buttercream swirls on each cupcake. Top each cupcake with an orange slice.

Source : https://thefirstyearblog.com/orange-poppy-seed-cupcakes/

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