Vibrant Orange Cupcakes with a dreamy, creamy orange frosting.
I’d been wanting to try out some orange cupcakes for a while and I’m so happy I did. These gorgeous little Orange Cupcakes are fresh and zesty but also have a luxurious, silky ermine frosting piled high on top. The cupcakes are moist and fluffy with that uplifting flavour only citrus can give. You can’t help but be in a good mood when you bite into one of these beauties.
I’ve added cornflour to this recipe and lowered the amount of plain flour. Why would I do this you ask? Well, stay patient while I get my baking geek on 🙂
So, flour contains protein. The amount of protein in the flour directly influences the amount of gluten produced in the baking process. In standard baking, gluten is the binding agent as it’s job is to hold everything together. Bread recipes (unless they’re for gluten free bread, of course) will often call for bread flour or strong flour or at the very least, plain flour. With cakes, we still want a binding affect but we really want the cake to be delicate and soft, not chewy or firm. For this reason, cake flour is used widely for cake baking. The lower protein content helps to keep the end result tender and soft. And, if you don’t have any, that’s ok. You can make your own using plain flour and corn flour.
To make your own cake flour, you just replace 2 tablespoons of plain flour with 2 tablespoons of cornflour for every cup of plain flour in a recipe. For these Orange Cupcakes you can buy cake flour and if you prefer to use it, by all means substitute the amount of the both the plain flour and corn flour in this recipe for cake flour. My pantry is overflowing at the best of times so I like to save room by making my own.
Baking science lesson complete 🙂
These orange cupcakes are bright and vibrant, perfect good mood food. As you make them, you have the heavenly waft of orange throughout the kitchen.
Give me a Y.
Give me a U.
Give me an M.
What does it spell?
Oooh, love a good cliffhanger, don’t you? Haha 🙂
Go ahead and give them a try. Delish!!