Orange Babycakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Friday, January 21, 2011



Orange Babycakes with Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided use
1/3 cup + 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided use
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a (24 cup) mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/4 cup butter, 1/3 cup sugar and orange zest until creamy - about 1 minute. Crack open the eggs and place whites in a large heat-proof mixing bowl. Add yolks to mixing bowl with batter in it, along with milk and orange juice; beat 1 minute or until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined.

Place batter into each muffin cup. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool babycakes 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the buttercream, Place bowl with egg whites over a pot of simmering water; whisk in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture reaches 160° F and the sugar has dissolved. It will look thick and marshmallow-y.

Beat mixture using a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes.

Reduce speed to medium and add remaining 1/2 cup butter, a tablespoons at a time, until well incorporated and fluffy. If the frosting looks curdled, continue to beat on medium-high speed until thick and smooth again, about 3-5 minutes more. Beat in vanilla until combined.

Pipe buttercream on top of cupcakes and eat!

45 comments on "Orange Babycakes with Vanilla Buttercream"
  1. Let's see, five foods that I associate with my childhood:

    1. Japanese rice balls flavored with just a little salt. They were my most requested home lunch.

    2. Korean chicken. My mom always made this for picnics along with said rice balls. It's still my favorite today.

    3. Chocolate chip rice krispie cookies. Those were the only chocolate chip cookies I ever knew as a child.

    4. Peanut butter sandwiches with guava jam (growing up in Hawaii, my mom never bought any other kind).

    5. Pineapple Spam. (for reasons unknown we used to have this for dinner although my sisters and I couldn't stand it)

    Those babycakes are so cute and just perfect for popping into one's mouth, or for licking the frosting off first, then popping it into one's mouth. And that creamsicle flavor does bring back a lot of memories.

  2. I've been wanting to make an orange dessert lately, of the creamsicle variety! You read my mind. I was going to go with orange flavored cookies with white chocolate chips. It's like you read my mind!

  3. The buttercream looks amazing! I am definitely going to try it!


  4. These little cakes are so cute! Food of my childhood, good question... I would say: strawberry shortcakes but with angel cake... Light fluffy cake, lots of wipped cream and lots of fresh, sugary, tasty, juicy strawberries... All of this dusted with powdered sugar or cocoa powder! Yum!

  5. I can't recall any particular childhood food..but i do remember 'stealing' a lot of chocolate from the house. hahaha

    those babycakes look sensational!

  6. Oh my gosh, these babycakes look like they need a friend to take them. I'm happy to help out.

    Those are some great foods from childhood. Wow...hmm...dace with black beans. Just saw it in the store yesterday and I was so tempted to get a can!

  7. It will be interesting the see the 5 foods that people associate with their childhood. For me it is gooseberries because mom loved them and I was forced to pick them brambles and all; potato fritters because dad would make them as a special treat and we loved them;rhubarb because I spent many a summer afternoon with my friends with a bowl of sugar and some rhubarb we had pilfered from our neighbours patch;Yorkshire pudding because it was a staple in my home;apples because there was a wild apple tree near our tree fort.

  8. I am so jealous of your day today! Just snuggling up inside, reading foodblogs and avoiding the snow. We have SO much snow here and I am not looking forward to going outside.

    The cakes look delightful! So sunny and warm to brighten the day :)

  9. Well since I was a very picky eater as a child, one of the only things I actually ate were grilled cheese sandwiches. There was also a lemon chicken dish that I remember being able to tolerate. And I would eat green beans as long as I didn't find a single string on them! Boy, have I changed!

  10. I LOVE the combination of orange and vanilla. Since I'm snowed in, too, I'm definitely going to making these!

  11. These are simply adorable! They sound scrumptious too :)

  12. Oh...this is very exciting!! I LOVE orange...or even just the essence of orange. And a childhood food memory is the ice cream man coming around the block (I could hear the music and knew it was only a little longer) and then I would get an orange push pop. I don't even know if they sell those anymore! The packaging had flinstones on it...while I was working with Jr high kids, I mentioned pebbles and bam bam and they had no idea who I was talking about...feel like I'm getting old.
    Thanks for this post! Excited to try these babycakes!

  13. Do not laugh at me but I was not a good eater when I was a kid.

    My tops list of foods;
    Ramen Noodles
    Grilled Cheese
    Macaroni & cheese (velveeta)

    I even at one of these for breakfast!

    Lovely baking here, have a great weekend.

  14. These are adorable and sound so yummy! My childhood memories ARE of orange creamsicles, one of my favorite flavored desserts.

  15. ooh, i LOVED orange julius growing up :) i think of strawberry rhubarb pie... yum. when's summer coming?

  16. First of all, love your blog and your creative recipes. Second, I got a bread maker for Christmas, tried making bread once and failed miserably. Ridiculous I know. I haven't pulled it out since. So you should post some successful recipes for the bread maker!(or maybe I'm the problem).

  17. 5 foods that remind me of my childhood? I like this question! Here are mine:

    1.) Pastina (tiny star pasta) - My mom used to make this whenever I was not feeling well or when she didn't want to make a big fuss of a dinner. You just cook the pasta, then add grated parmesan cheese and butter... such comfort food!
    2.) Oatmeal - Mom says I used to devour this as a kid, and I still have it everyday for breakfast.
    3.) Watermelon - I remember having this all the time in the summer at barbeques.
    4.) Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch - My two favorite childhood cereals that I only buy every once in a while now when I am craving sugary cereal.
    5.) Tacos - Used to have these every year on my birthday. Still one of my favorite things to make at home... but I think I've refined the art of tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

  18. I hope mine don't seem weird or awkward. We were kind of a weird and awkward family, though:
    -Kraft macaroni & cheese with tuna and cream of mushroom soup. My sister hated it, but I liked it.
    -Salmon croquettes. Ugh. I hated those little bones. Mom said they were good for you.
    -Strawberries. My grandfather had a farm, and strawberries were everywhere. I loved eating them. Hated hulling them.
    -Gooseberries. Another farm fruit. Only picking gooseberries meant you were going to get scratched a lot. Mom always made us pick at least one pint each. But the gooseberry jam was WONDERFUL.
    -TAB soda. I know, it dates me. But I loved it. I felt so grown-up!
    Eh. Maybe we weren't so weird. :)

  19. 5 Foods that I associate with my childhood:

    1) Potato soup - I remember making this with my mom/ grandma/ great-grandma, and it was my favourite food.
    2) Perogies - I adored these, and we had them often.
    3) Chocolate chip cookies - my mom makes the best cookies I have ever had.
    4) Peach pie - it was my favourite and my mom packed it in my lunch.
    5) Macintosh Toffee - I would buy this, freeze it, then break it up in to chunks and eat it. It was a favourite treat.

  20. Oooh those look delicious!

    1. Peanut butter and jam on toast
    2. Dixie cups
    3. tinned mandarine oranges
    4. Sunday roast dinner (I'm vegetarian now so I only eat the veggies)
    5. Banana bread

  21. they're so cute!
    hm..maybe the beach :)

  22. Very cute! I've never been a fan of orange creamsicles and such, but these sound great :)

    There are so many foods I associate with my childhood: chicken enchiladas, my favorite restaurant dish as a child, hot chocolate and toast with butter and chocolate sprinkles when I got home from school, the fruit leather I had every day as dessert for lunch...

  23. Childhood foods?

    1. Hot dogs. Sometimes they were all I would ever eat.

    2. Chinese food. For years when Dad came to take me out on weekends, we always ate in Chinese restaurants

    3. Good Humor truck ice cream. How happy did those trucks make you as a kid?

    4. Roast beef sandwiches - that was covered in my blog recently

    5. Chicken cutlets. Those would always be on the menu for dinner once a week.

    Those cupcakes looks beautiful. Me want!

    That chocolate bread sounds wonderful too. Is there non-bread-machine version of the recipe?

  24. I love orange cakes! I'm glad they brought some sunshine into your day. I love the piped icing. That buttercream is just the best.

  25. I guess it's a good thing you don't live in Utah - 2 inches of snow is nothing!! (But I'm with you - when it snows, I try not to leave the house!) These babycakes are too cute and I love the orange flavor.

  26. These look great! I made a cookie with these flavors that was good as well.

    Foods from childhood...1. Fruit Loops (at my Granny's specifically...I smell them and think of her!), 2. Open faced PB&J with the jelly in the shape of a heart, 3. homemade oreo milkshakes 4. Open faced hot dog sandwich with cheddar cheese melted on top, 5. Chicken roll-ups...only when Daddy wasn't there b/c he didn't like them!

  27. Those look so cute and tasty! My 5 childhood foods would have to be watermelon, ice cream, zeppole, macaroni and black olives!!!

  28. Oh, I think this is MUCH better than creamsicles. I've been hackering for orange a lot the past week.

    1.rice & beans with porkchops
    2.corn beef hash with potatoes
    3.farina with a glass of oj moms pancakes, Daddy's french toast, & my dad's bacon & egg sandwiches.
    5.beef stew

  29. THOSE LOOK SO DELICIOUS! ahhh now i really want a cupcake :)

    i like this question!
    lets seee
    1.) Sausage pasta- basically my moms version of a bolognese sauce...soooo creamy and so good. the epitome of comfort food to me.
    2.) bananas- we always had bananas at home. if i was super hungry i would add peanut butter!
    3.) eggs- haha such a simple thing but i ate eggs a lot as a kid.
    4.) ben and jerry's ice cream! our freezer always had at least one pint of this. we were a big ice cream eating family! phish food, half baked, cookie dough...ahh the good old days. now my freezer has frozen fruit :(
    5.) boston market. my parents are divorced so as a kid i spent the school year with my mom and breaks with my dad. my dad wasn't a great cook so often he picked up food from boston market. quarter white chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans was my meal. eating it now instantly brings back TONS of memories of hanging out with my dad.

  30. What lovely cupcakes! Definitely chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies that I used to make with my mom.

  31. Amazing. I love the name too.

    Hmm, childhood foods? Some of these may sound bad, but just imagine how bad they would be if my mother hadn't been a fabulous cook.
    Homemade Peach Ice Cream.
    Little squares of Laughing Cow cheese.
    Chicken in Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup.
    Meatloaf in a glass loaf pan. (I make mine freeform.)
    My mother's German Sweet chocolate dessert.
    White Toast with mayo.

    I have to think about that some more. What a great question!

  32. Thanks everyone! I loved reading your answers. :)

    Lisa, Korean chicken sounds so good right now!

    Blog is the new black, ooh those cookies sound good!

    Jen, I was definitely lucky that day. :)

    Jennifurla, mmm I love mac and cheese!

    Jannifer, I'm coming to your rescue!

    Shannon9585, cereal reminds me of childhood, too. Good one! Love me Lucky Charms.

    Pamela, nooo! Yours were good. Weird is good. I've never had a gooseberry before. Something tells me I would like them.

    Jolene, I love perogies!

    Rachel, good ones! I think I did post a yeast chocolate bread recipe once..

    Anon, that's expensive ice cream! We never had B&J in the house. You're lucky!

    Sue, I've never had homemade peach ice cream before. Ugh. I need some now! That sounds amazing.

  33. excellent choice to make on a dumpy day!
    something i'm ashamed to admit that i associate with my childhood is the american-cheese-and-mayo-on-white-bread sammich. thinking back, i kinda want to vomit.

  34. 1) Potato Chips - we used to eat it every Sunday in the kitchen w/ my mom.

    2) Ramen noodles - kind of a staple in an Asian household.

    3)White rice & tons of it. Another staple in an Asian household. 99% of our meals probably had rice served with it.

    4) Chef Boyardee Raviolis - it was a treat for us to eat this.

    5) Tons of homemade soups because they're always good for you. These were always bitter & made some Chinese herbs & fruits/vegetables. They did not taste good whatsoever!

  35. Those look so delish!! My five would have to be:
    Kraft Mac & Cheese Shells
    Tuna Casserole
    Shepards Pie
    Chocolate Crinkles
    Teddy Grahams

  36. I just baked these cupcakes this morning and they were so delicious, I wished I made two batches thanks for the recipe

  37. These look delicious, and they are adorable too! I think I'll try them and see how they go over!

  38. Looks so yummy!
    I love your blog and all you wonderful recipes~

  39. These look so cute and delicious! Foods that remind me of childhood are:

    1) green apples with salt.
    2) ice cream right before bed.
    3) fried apricot hand pies.
    4) potato chips dipped in Miracle Whip
    5) cold wienie sandwiches.

    Hahaha! Yup. Those seem pretty weird...

  40. Oh man - it's all about Nilla wafers I ate those like crazy when I was young.

  41. 1 - Ravioli soup
    2 - Pot roast
    3 - Homemade buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy
    4 - Yellow cake with chocolate frosting
    5 - Apricot salad