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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Clockwork Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

This week, I am sharing the recipe for my SCRUMPTIOUS cranberry orange cupcakes from the Rave in the New Year party. I highly recommend baking with fresh, SEASONAL ingredients. Cranberries are harvested in September/October and available fresh through December. While oranges are available year round, many varieties are best in the winter. These moist cupcakes are infused with orange zest, triple sec and fresh cranberries. The cupcake perfectly combines the TARTNESS of cranberries with the tangy SWEETNESS of oranges. I topped each cupcake with Toba Garrett's buttercream frosting, which I spiked with Triple Sec.
Cranberry Orange Cupcakes
Adapted from Recipe by Taste and Tell Blog
Yield: 12 regular cupcakes plus 75 mini-cupcakes
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 2 orange
  • 1½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  2. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
  4. In the bowl of a Kitchen Aid mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes
  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions. Beat in the orange zest, Triple Sec and the vanilla extract
  6. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter and beat until combined
  7. Follow that with ½ of the buttermilk
  8. Alternate dry and wet ingredients and then fold cranberries into the batter
  9. Use a regular or mini ice cream scoop to fill each cupcake and bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 18 minutes for regular and 12 for mini
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack
  11. Spike Toba Garrett's buttercream with a 3 tablespoons of Triple Sec
  12. Color frosting pink, blue and yellow and use Wilton's Tri-Color Couple and 1M tip to pipe neon frosting perfect for a rave!

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."––Sam Levenson

Recipes From This Post:
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: Toba Garrett plus 3 tablespoons of Triple Sec
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Stand Mixer: Kitchen Aid Tilt HeadKitchen Aid Bowl Lift (we prefer the bowl lift model, but it's more expensive)
Bakeware Set: Calphalon 10-PieceCalphalon 5-Piece

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