Tangerine Cupcakes

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
1/4 cup tangerine juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
zest of 1 tangerine

tangerine frosting and candied tangerine slices

Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 6 wells in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter, zest and sugar. Add the egg, mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture. Add the milk and juice to the rest of the batter and beat until well combined. Fill each well 2/3 of the way full.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with just one or two dry crumbs. Cool briefly in the pan, then remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before icing with tangerine frosting and topping with a candied tangerine slice.

My thoughts:

This time of year tangerines are really at their peak. Juicy and sweet they make a great change from the usual oranges. They also adapt well to to baked goods. Tangerine juice is rather sweet but there is a touch of tartness there that really makes for a delicious, light tasting cupcake. As for the cake itself the crumb is tender and light and the zest provides little bursts of flavor in every bite. The perfect alternative to a chocolate dessert.


  1. The color of the tangerines is beautiful on the frosting. Great recipe.

  2. These look wonderfully refreshing. I love the bright candied tangerine on top.

  3. CUTE. I’ve been craving citrus…

  4. Wow…yum. They’re especially cheery during the greyness of winter’s wane!

    Also, what are you trying to DO to us? 😉

  5. So adorable! The tangerines are like little candied bits of captured sunshine. Must taste divine 🙂

  6. Very nice tangerine cupcakes and it must be really yummy.

  7. Looks fantastic! Love the candied tangerines on top.

  8. What a great idea!

  9. These look beautiful! I love the colors!

  10. The cupcakes look really tasty! I love the colors in the photo.

  11. Pink of Perfection

    these are such cheerful beauties!

  12. Do they sell Pixie tangerines there? They are the tangy, easy to peel, without annoying seeds, and only around for a limited time. Our household looks forward to their appearance every year.

    I have baked with them, but now I think it would be better to just buy tangerine juice and eat the Pixies.

  13. I love the look of the candied tangerines! Now I’m totally craving a cupcake.