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June 7, 2009

Orange Cupcakes

Filed under: Cakes & Cupcakes — SeaDragon @ 12:00 am
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I’m going to admit, although some of you may already know, I’ve become a MasterChef Australia (MCA) addict, which is contributing to a lack of postings here. It has eclipsed the other reality show I love to watch, the mad dash of the Amazing Race, as my favourite reality show. I can’t believe MCA is already 6 weeks into the 3-month-long reality TV series. Now the free time I would normally spent on baking and blogging, I’m now spending it on watching the show which is on 6 nights every week (4 1-hour and 2 half-hour episodes), eagerly browsing through the show website and forum, and madly gathering as much of the recipes the contestants have cooked or baked, or the tips/ideas/recipes from the chefs on the Tuesday’s chef challenge and Friday’s masterclass episodes.
So far, my favourite moment would have to be when contestant Julia beat the chef in the Celebrity Chef Challenge and was fast-tracked to the final in a few weeks time. One of the funny moments from the show was the ‘supermarket’ team challenge where the two team leaders were asked to pull out 3 knifes (with supermarket aisle number printed on each knife) each to shop for their food, and one of the team leaders pulled out the aisle of baby foods and nappies. The other funny moment was during the start of the cupcake challenge last Sunday night, when they all walked into the kitchen and someone exclaimed, ‘look at the big thing on the right!’ and contestant Julie thought they meant Matt, one of the judges. Well, you’ll have to see the three judges standing side by side to understand the ‘mistake’ Julie made. The ‘big thing’ incidentally was a big display table full of decorations and flavourings hidden under a piece of cloth, which was revealed to the contestants later. The most ‘oh-no’ moment was to watch, again, contestant Julie losing her nerve cooking lamb after being ‘star-struck’ by the presence of original UK MasterChef judge, John Torode. The most unbelievable and unsavoury moment was the ‘catch-your-own-seafood’ team challenge episode where one team served up fish baits for the judges, yikes! The most unselfish ‘tissue’ moment was when contestant Kate chose to eliminate herself after she was tied with contestant Sandra for the elimination. Well, still a lot of exciting episodes to look forward to, the upcoming baking/making of croquembouche on the Pressure Test challenge episode should be interesting (Monday 8 June), and the team challenge which was filmed in Hong Kong (probably to be shown on Wednesday 17 June), yay!
OK, enough of the gushing about the show. There are a few bakes I want to try out from the program, for example contestant Kate’s Chocolate Tart with Passionfruit Syllabub from the ‘supermarket’ team challenge episode which won high praises from the judges (however the actual recipe is not available so have to somehow decipher the recipe from the video), judge Gary’s Eton Mess, Buttermilk Hot Cakes with Caramelised Apples, and Jaffa Soufflés from the masterclasses, but first, the cupcake challenge episode prompted this post. After watching contestant Julie won with her ‘Lemon Diva’ cupcakes which she said should pack a punch, I’m eager to try it out, but it will have to wait a bit, I will definitely make them soon. As I’ve a big bag of oranges to use up, I decided to make these orange cupcakes first.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Orange Cupcakes:
125g unsalted butter, softened
165g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
finely grated rind of 2 oranges
2 eggs
215g (1 1/2 cups) cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
60ml (1/4 cup) milk
60ml (1/4 cup) orange juice

Orange Frosting:
225g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar mixture
1/8 teaspoon salt
45g unsalted butter, softened
finely grated rind of 2 oranges
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
Orange Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole standard muffin tray with paper cases. Sift flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add grated rind. Then add eggs, one at a time, and beat in well after each addition.
3. Fold in sifted flour mixture alternately with milk and orange juice.
4. Spoon batter evenly into the paper cases. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cooked. Let cool completely.
5. When cool, ice each cupcake with Orange Frosting.

Orange Frosting:
Sift icing sugar and salt into bowl and beat in butter and grated rind. Add orange juice gradually until the icing is of stiff consistency and beat until fluffy.

Orange Cake
The batter for the cupcakes may also be baked in a 23 x 13cm greased loaf tin for 45 to 50 minutes if desired.

Taste: Orange flavoured cupcakes
Consume: Best within 3-4 days
Storage: Store in airtight container, or in the refrigerator in hot weather
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  1. Beautiful and well done Seadragon…

    Comment by mamaella — June 12, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  2. I like it and thank you!

    Comment by Nathalie — June 18, 2009 @ 5:30 am | Reply

  3. Hello to SeaDragon I am so glad you have become addicted to Masterchef Aust. otherwise I would not know of your existence so SOMETHING GOOD has come from this site I too have come to be addicted to Masterchef Aust. I hope yung Julie wins BUT it appears we have a dark horse in Andre Thank you so much for your great recipes I hope to catch yiu again soon Regards Krystyna

    Comment by krystynaCooks — June 23, 2009 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • Hi krystynaCooks,
      Welcome. Was a shock to see Justine eliminated this week, I thought she would be one of the contenders to win. Not too sure about Julia winning though after seeing her cracked slightly under pressure making the high tea pastries, as she’s not used to the pressure of competition anymore being out learning in restaurants for quite a number of weeks. I hope Julie wins too, she’s so animated and funny, but expect Chris to win though.

      Comment by SeaDragon — June 27, 2009 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  4. Hi SeaDragon,
    I have tried this receipe last weekend, is very good. The texture is soft with the right amount of orange taste and not too buttery. Thank you.

    Comment by Jag — April 14, 2010 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

    • You’re welcome. Glad to hear you like the recipe.

      Comment by SeaDragon — April 24, 2010 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  5. I just want to thank you for posting this recipe I made them for a cupcake day at work and they were very yummy and popular with everyone.

    Comment by Jay — November 8, 2010 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  6. Great but what is cake flour

    Comment by June — May 15, 2020 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • Cake flour is low protein flour. If you can’t get cake flour, substitute with 80% plain flour + 20% cornflour.

      Comment by SeaDragon — May 15, 2020 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

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