Thursday, May 10, 2012

vanilla citrus pinwheel cupcakes

guess where i am right now?
10,000 feet in the air, en route to colorado to watch
my little sister graduate from college. HELLO, so proud!

to celebrate her birthday just last month,
i made these delightful little cupcakes.

i served this alongside my chocolate mess cake.
so i wanted something a bit simpler and less rich!

i tried out these vanilla cupcakes with citrus frosting from bon appetit.
honestly - the cupcakes themselves weren't that amazing.
i followed the instructions exactly and they turned out a bit dry. bummer.
the frosting, however, was FANTASTIC!

it gave the cupcake a light citrus-y taste.
loved that little twist.

also - i could not pass up these pinwheels
(found at crate & barrel)

happy thursday!

cupcake ingredients
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons self-rising flour
2 tablespoons whole milk

frosting ingredients
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons fresh orange juice
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
line 12 muffin cups with paper liners

2. using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in medium bowl until fluffy.
add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. beat in vanilla.

3. mix in flour, then milk.

(the batter will be pretty thick)

4. divide batter among prepared cups (about 1/3 cup for each).
bake until golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 23 minutes.
transfer cupcakes to rack and cool completely.

5. now for the highlight of this recipe... the FROSTING!
using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in another medium bowl until smooth.
beat in orange juice and lemon juice. spread frosting over cupcakes.

6. decorate with pinwheels, sprinkles, or whatever your heart desires.

the aftermath... :)

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