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Orange Dreamcicle Cupcakes

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Orange Dreamcicles are one of those awesome treats that just scream summer. The combination of slightly tart orange and sweet creamy vanilla just can't be beat, and making them inside fresh orange rinds makes them extra special (and delicious).

Get baking folks! A 3-month PRO Membership will go to the first person to try these out and post photos below! (awesome photo, aliciaL_77 - thanks for giving them a try and sharing your gorgeous cupcakes!)
 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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Orange Cake
Software:
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (use some from the tops of one of your prepared oranges)
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice (use some from your scooped oranges)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large oranges (pick ones that have nice smooth skin) (Note: I wrongly decided that my oranges were particularly large and only used two - this led to some pretty serious orange explosions. Err on the safe side and go with 3 oranges and don't over-fill them)
  • (optional) food coloring (red and yellow, or orange if you have it)
  • (optional) orange sugar or sprinkles for decoration
Hardware:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Electric mixer (or mixing implement of your choice)
  • Muffin tin
  • Foil
  • Knife and spoon (or you can just use your fingers)
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Cream Cheese Frosting
Software:
  • 1/2 (4 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Splash vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
Hardware:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer (or mixing implement of your choice)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Pastry bag


Step 2: Orange You Glad?

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  1. Prepare your oranges by washing and drying them
  2. Cut off the top of each orange and scoop out the insides (like you would to a pumpkin)
  3. Place a square of foil into each cup of the muffin tin and top with an orange
  4. Squeeze out the juice from the scooped out oranges and enjoy it with breakfast
star38443 months ago

I own 2 orange trees that give me the sweetest oranges ever! I really need to try your orange cakes. I would have never thought of this. How interesting. But then....I grew up in an apple orchard. Just got my orange trees with my house in 2008. Orange trials...here we come! Give me more! ;)

Great idea, I am hungry just looking @ those
You should give them a shot!
Every time I look at the news letter in my inbox I'm always amazed at the human capacity for creativity/imagination. You are brilliant, thankx for sharing!
shesparticular (author)  deathnotx1013 years ago
That is so nice of you to say, thanks!
jamfisch4 years ago
I remember these from my childhood. If you keep the top and wrap them in tinfoil they can be "baked" in the fire. The rind keeps them from burning. SOO Yummy
shesparticular (author)  jamfisch4 years ago
That sounds awesome!
rmunoz4 years ago
very creative!
shesparticular (author)  rmunoz4 years ago
Thanks so much!
aliciaL_774 years ago
My try at them. I thin k they turned out well and they are yummy too!
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shesparticular (author)  aliciaL_774 years ago
These look so great - thank you for sharing them! So glad you enjoyed them!
looks yum! 5 stars!=]
shesparticular (author)  lovely_jessye4 years ago
Thank you!
Ex Machina4 years ago
Bonus points for HARDWARE and SOFTWARE!
shesparticular (author)  Ex Machina4 years ago
Thanks! Awesome username!
Mrballeng4 years ago
You are such a good cook.
shesparticular (author)  Mrballeng4 years ago
That it so nice of you to say, thank you!
OK, now these are awesome!
shesparticular (author)  iminthebathroom4 years ago
Thank you!!