cupcakes

Lemon and Sour Cream Cupcakes

Lemon and Sour Cream Cupcake

I love the lemon flavor in these cupcakes. They are rich, without being too heavy, and full of zest. Winter is citrus season, and lemons are a natural choice for dessert this time of year.

Lemon zest in both the batter and the frosting, really makes them special. Cupcakes are also such a nice, easy dessert. If you try these, I am sure you will be pleased, as will your family and friends.

It makes a big batch, so you can freeze some for later.

Even though I normally frost these, you can also just combine powdered sugar with a little lemon zest and dust them with it, instead of the frosting.

Lemon and Sour Cream Cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon each baking powder and salt

2 cups sour cream

Frosting:

9 tablespoons butter, softened

6 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar

6 tablespoons lemon juice

1 T. vanilla extract

¾ teaspoon grated lemon peel

3 tablespoon milk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill 30 greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, cream butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, vanilla, lemon peel and milk; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Makes 30.

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

This is a great dessert to take along on picnics, when the weather might be too warm for frosted treats.  A cupcake without frosting? Well, if it is this Coconut Orange Cupcake you will never miss it. The cupcake batter is made with orange juice and enriched with vanilla chips and mandarin oranges. Before baking a slightly sweet coconut and butter mixture is sprinkled on the top. The end result is a cupcake with a toasted coconut topping and enough flavor and moisture to carry the day without frosting.  They are also very simple to make. You can have the batter mixed and ready in the time it takes to preheat the oven.

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup oil, I use a light flavored olive oil

2 eggs

1 cup orange juice

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup diced fresh oranges

1 cup vanilla or white baking chips

TOPPING:

1 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs and orange juice; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; stir into orange juice mixture just until moistened. Fold in oranges and chips. Fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over cupcakes. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 24.

 

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

Coconut Orange Cupcake

Coconut Orange Cupcake

A cupcake without frosting? Well, if it is this Coconut Orange Cupcake you will never miss it. The cupcake batter is made with orange juice and enriched with vanilla chips and mandarin oranges. Before baking a slightly sweet coconut and butter mixture is sprinkled on the top. The end result is a cupcake with a toasted coconut topping and enough flavor and moisture to carry the day without frosting.  They are also very simple to make. You can have the batter mixed and ready in the time it takes to preheat the oven.

Coconut Orange Cupcakes

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 cup orange juice

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained-you can also use 1 cup diced fresh oranges

1 cup vanilla or white baking chips

TOPPING:

1 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs and orange juice; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; stir into orange juice mixture just until moistened. Fold in oranges and chips. Fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over cupcakes. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 24.

Coconut Snowballs

Coconut Snowballs

Coconut Snowballs

We made these in a chocolate cooking class last night. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I thought I’d share the recipe with you. While the recipe calls for baking a cake and cutting it into squares I prefer to bake cupcakes. That way they can be called snowballs. All too appropriate this time of year. Whether you bake a cake and cut it into squares or make the cupcakes they do need to be frozen before dipping in the chocolate sauce.

Coconut Cake Squares aka Snowballs

1 white cake, prepared and frozen solid

1 c. cocoa

1 1/4 c. sugar

2 c. water

1 t. vanilla

½ c. desiccated coconut (available at cake supply stores and some health food stores)

Cut frozen cake into small squares, or cake can be baked in regular or mini cupcake tins. Keep cake frozen until ready to use. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients, except coconut in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Using toothpicks or fondue forks, dip cake in sauce let drain a few seconds, then roll in the coconut. Can be used right away or frozen again for later use.