Very few times does my domestic life cross over to my career life. But lately I've tried to erase that line in the sand in order to welcome a new employee to our department. Starting a new job is stressful especially when you're moving from a new city. So I wanted to make our new coworker feel welcome. I had not really ever brought baked goods to work except for one other time in the five years I had worked there. So I decided to make some cupcakes inspired from his former state and my hometown state of Florida.
There are a lot of differences between Florida and Tennessee. One of them is the weather. Most people who live here think the summers are humid. Coming from South Florida both he and I would disagree on this fact. In the summer in South Florida you almost have to take a shower after you check the mail.
That, my friend, is humid.
So in honor of Florida I decided to make an orange creamsicle flavored cupcake. I used my favorite recipe from Nigella the delicious and easy Fairycake recipe from her "How to be a Domestic Goddess" cookbook. Then I added orange flavoring to the icing and the cupcake batter. Top it off with a candied orange slice and we are good to go.
Consider yourself welcomed.
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
7 Tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoon orange flavoring
(May use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract instead of the suggested 1 tsp.vanilla extract.)
2-3 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (I bake them at 375* F)Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking paper cups. Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft consistency. (I use the full 3 Tablespoons)It doesn't seem like enough batter, but it will all work out, scrape every bit from the bowl and try to fill each cup equally.Bake for 15-20 or until they are golden on top. (These are perfectly baked in 14 to 15 minutes @ 375* in my oven) It's best to start checking them at 12 minutes.
Orange Cream Cheese Icing
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter softened
8 oz softened Cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp orange flavoring
Combine the room temperature butter and cream cheese together in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Slowly add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time and add the orange flavoring at the end. For the easiest results put the icing in piping bag with the tip of your choice and pipe onto cupcakes.