Juicy Orange Zesty Cupcakes

15 Sep

Hello lovelies!

I love that miserable weather, and lazy weekend days filled with baking become warm and relaxed. Romeo & Persia love baking and I find it encourages Romeo to be receptive to more and different foods (the food fuss).
Today the request was orange cake and cookies. The cookies are our permanent biscuit tin staple and cupcakes are a second favourite!
The following recipe was super easy, completely adapted, and light and orange delicious.

I realise that currently the trend is for super large, gorgeously iced, fancy-looking spangly cupcakes (these have exactly that potential) but these were made for my darlings, who are the cupcake capers of cookie monster consumption! Β This photo shows the second batch made yesterday as the others were vacuumed up immediately.

Happy home baking lovelies!

Juicy Orange Zesty Cupcakes

  • 150g softened butter
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C self-raising flour
  • juice and zest of 2 oranges & 1 lemon
  • a little milk


Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla extract, then the eggs and beat for another minute. Add the orange and lemon zest and juice and beat again briefly. Next add the flour and beat. The mixture will become a little thick and so add enough milk to make it a soft and light but still thick mixture.

Spoon into cupcake patty tins or metal cupcake tins and bake at 180C in the centre of the oven until light golden and the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. I don’t time this because I use different size baking tins and every oven is different.

I made a simple icing of fresh squeezed orange juice and zest and icing sugar.

These were adored and disappeared like Houdini had disappeared from my laundry and had apparently then visited my kitchen!

Worth a repeat (weekly??) in LL’s kitchen and lovelies might I recommend them? Why, yes I shall!

Happy back to basics baking in the kitchen.


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