I thought to enter my first entry in Cupcake Hero AND also have it be my entry for the Boobie Bake off. (which ends the 31st!) A no brainer, I smirked to myself. I can do this. I had the perfect idea..the perfect taste combo….
It was not that great. Oh the taste is incredible! I knew it would be. But I have to work on the texture because most of the cupcakes collapsed. AND my frosting was runny. Shazbot.
However, the taste was great and I am going to continue to work on it..and, as an added bonus…I am making bread pudding with the cupcakes…and saving the frosting for a Princess Tea I will do next week for Kyrie.
Let that encourage you. Everyone messes up. I always liked the part in Toy Story where Buzz Lightyear finds out he is not flying..he is just falling creatively. Learn to fall creatively in your cooking and baking. It is the mark of a good cook.
The cupcakes taste like those spicy orange clove gumdrops. If you decide to make them make them in a jelly roll pan and set aside for tomorrow because I am going to post the rest of the story..Orange Clove Bread Pudding.
Here then is the entry for BOTH Cupcake Hero, and Boobie Bake-off.
The flavor of the month for Cupcake Hero is clove. I love cloves. You can probably cut the measurement in half if you like..but really then it wouln’t be clove would it?
Orange Clove Cupcakes
2 1/4 c cake flour
2 tsp cloves. yes 2
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
grated peel of one orange
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 c unsalted butter
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon flavoring
1/3 c orange juice concentrate, thawed.
1/3 c milk
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Rain. Add flour mixed with the rest of the dry ingredients, and milk/orange juice/cinnamon flavoring mixture alternately starting and ending with flour .
Turn into muffin cups and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Cool. Frost with Orange frosting. (in this case, tinted neon pink)
1/4 softened butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (sift if lumpy)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 tsp cinnamon flavor
Mix butter, flavoring, 1 cup sugar, and orange peel. Add orange juice and rest of sugar alternately; mix until smooth and creamy.
Add more sugar to thicken or juice to thin frosting, if needed.