Orange Blossom Cupcakes
Author: Leslie Green - The Hungry Housewife
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Orange scented cupcakes filled with orange curd and topped with orange cream cheese frosting.
Orange Curd
  • Zest of One Orange
  • ½ cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 7 tablespoons salted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces.
  • ⅛ teaspoon Orange Extract
Orange Cupcake
  • 1 16.5oz. Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 3oz. box Vanilla Jell-O Cook and Serve Pudding Mix
  • ½ cup Florida Orange Juice
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • ½ teaspoon Orange Extract
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Salted Butter(1/2 stick), softened
  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Orange Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Florida Orange Juice
  • Pinch of Salt
To Make Orange Curd
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the orange zest and sugar.
  2. Using your fingers, rub the zest into the sugar. This will give the sugar and orange tint and release the oil from the zest into the sugar.
  3. Add the orange juice,eggs and butter.
  4. Whisk over medium-low heat constantly for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Curd should thickly coat the back of spoon when done.
  6. Cover and cool in the fridge.
To Make The Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line muffin tins with paper liners
  3. In large bowl, mix together,cake mix and pudding.
  4. Add the Florida Orange Juice, buttermilk, oil, eggs, zest and extract.
  5. With an electric mixer, mix on low for 30 seconds until everything is incorporated.
  6. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 15-18 minutes
  8. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
To Make the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and cutter with an electric mixer.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, extracts, orange juice and salt.
  3. Start on low and mix until incorporated, increase the speed to medium low and mix until the frosting is smooth.
To Fill The Cupcakes
  1. With a small pairing knife, in a circular motion cut out a hole in the middle of the cupcake and remove.
  2. Fill with orange curd.
  3. Cut the piece of cupcake that you took out of the cupcake so it is just a think slice to put back on top of the curd filled hole.
  4. Frost with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
For the frosting effect on these cupcakes I used a 1M tip.
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