Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In the Kitchen Baking: Chocolate Orange Mini Cupcakes

So today the whims of a 3 year old were met by her mother...

No matter how much I fought she would not leave me be until I made CUPCAKES!!!

So what did I come up with?

Orange and Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting.

              1/2 cup milk

              3 large egg whites(do not discard yolks, you'll need them for frosting) 
              1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

  • Zest of ` fresh orange (or 1 Tbsp dried zest)
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp softened butter

  • Butter Cream Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (or orange extract for more citrus flavor)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a few drops of food color, whatever you want

  • Preheat oven 350

  • Mix milk, egg whites, zest and extract set aside 
  • Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add butter while mixing on low one tbsp at a time. Mixture should be crumbly looking.
  • Add milk mixture slowly and mix on low for a minute and a half until mousse like.
  • Pour into cupcake/muffin tins with liners. Bake 18-22 minutes. (Until toothpick comes out clean.)
  • While cupcakes cool mix together all frosting ingredients until whipped nicely. Put on cupcakes when completely cool and serve.