February 11, 2011

Cara Cara Orange Cupcakes


Ingredients:
3/4 cup Greek yogurt, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup cara cara orange juice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
zest of 2 Cara Cara oranges


orange frosting

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line 12 wells in a cupcake pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix together the oil, zest, yogurt, juice and eggs. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before icing.


My thoughts:
I love Cara Cara oranges because they are 1. navel (no pips!) 2. I've never had a bad one 3. they are sort of pink inside. The batter came out sort of a pretty baby asprin* pinky peach and with a great, strong sweet orange flavor. Regular navels or blood oranges would work well, but the Cara Caras are especially good this time of year. Normally the Cara Caras I get are huge but this year they were more normal sized and I ended up using 1 1/2 for the cupcakes and 2 for the icing, even though they were very juicy.


*I always liked the flavor of baby asprin. I sort of miss it. Darn unflavored adult medicines!

7 comments:

  1. Your cupcakes look so good and the frosting seems so creamy. I would love to have one of these right now.

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  2. wow this looks amazing and delicious :D

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  3. I could really go for some citrusy desserts right now. As much as I love chocolate, I'm starting to feel like everything I've been consuming lately is chocolate. The lightness and brightness of the citrus is such a great way to wake up my tastebuds! If I can find some good oranges, I think I might be making these!

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  4. I've been hating on the cupcake fad lately, but these may make me change my mind!

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  5. These look delicious! I enjoy eating the Cara Cara oranges, and I'm sure I'll love these cupcakes too :)

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  6. I love citrus combinations for desserts. Your frosting looks so creamy and I love the color.

    Kristi

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  7. Oh yum. I love cara cara oranges. These are super cute and I am sure very tasty!

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