Vanilla-Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

So these originally were going to be plain vanilla cupcakes, but a lonely orange in my fridge wanted some of the spotlight too. And I just couldn’t say no.

I love citrus zest in my baked goods. It just offers this refreshing kick to every bite that makes me want to keep eating more and more.

I also love sour cream and milk in my cake batters. The sour cream offers a light tang to the flavors and keeps the cake moist, which I appreciate. Here I just used up all the sour cream I had and added enough milk to create a smooth batter.

I already had these ingredients on hand, and I’m sure most of you have these in your pantry too. But let’s say you had to go out and pick up an orange, some cream cheese, and eggs. Well that may set you back $3. Not bad.

Ingredients for 24 cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 sticks butter, plus 4 tablespoons for frosting, all at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, plus 1 teaspoon for frosting
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk, plus 1 tablespoon for frosting
  • 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream 2 sticks of butter and the sugar until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time. Then add vanilla extract and orange juice. Then add the sour cream and milk. Mix well and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely before baking the frosting.

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese and 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk on low speed and gradually add confectioners’ sugar, milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Gradually turn up speed until frosting is smooth and creamy.

Frost cupcakes immediately and enjoy.

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