Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

C – I gave in.

Is my New Years resolution over already? I was just talking about how good and healthy I was being on Monday. Now, I’m making cupcakes. No, the resolution is not over yet. I just messed up.

I will start back up again on my health kick. Promise. I promise to eat only two, maybe three, of these. Promise. I couldn’t just live on date bars forever you know.

I had to make these. I found the recipe online by accident. But, I needed to make them because I had a lot of leftover cream cheese and sour cream. I didn’t want it to go to waste. OK?

I hate wasting things. Plus, the oranges were getting old. I needed to do something with them. I can only drink so much orange lime ginger blast you know.

I was glad I made it. Ken came over and he had dessert after lunch. I always seem to serve him a piece of fruit when he comes over. It was a nice treat.

It tasted great. It had a cornmeal texture which was nice and different. I loved how it had a soft sweetness to it. The orange and the orange zest made the cakes refreshing. Ken and I both had seconds. Yeah. I guess I will have three, not two, of these cakes.

Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe type: Desserts
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Orange Cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, very soft
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
Orange Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffing tin with cooking spray.
  2. Beat butter, sugar and orange zest in a large bowl until creamy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, then the sour cream and orange juice.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients mixing ⅓ at a time until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 22 minutes.
  6. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling rack.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  2. Add sugar, orange juice, vanilla and sour cream until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 10 minutes.
  4. Spread over cupcakes.
  5. Garnish with orange slices and orange zest.
  6. Serve with mint.
  7. Enjoy!


Thank goodness, I sent Ken home with a care package. My promise would have been broken.

Jim, the rest are for you. Enjoy!

Now, back to this health kick of mine.

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