New Year’s Double Orange Cupcakes!!!

Orange cupcakes

I know it’s a little too late for New Year’s but it is never too late to post this delicious double orange cupcake recipe! But first let me tell you the wonderful traditions we have here in Ecuador for New Year’s. Our foremost tradition is “Quemar el Viejo” or “To burn the old”. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that we burn someone lol Basically we create or buy nowadays, these dolls made out of newspaper and old clothes and we disguise them as someone famous or even someone from your family that you think they’re ready to “burn”. We also eat 12 grapes right before midnight, we wear yellow underpants for good luck, we travel around our block with our suitcase so that we are able to travel that year, we put money on our left shoe so that we have money the next year. Anyways we do a lot more, but these are the most important ones. So without further a do, this year (2014) I decided to make some orange cupcakes with orange frosting :) I decided to do this recipe because my family’s last name is Naranjo, which means orange tree. So Happy New Year’s from the Naranjo Family with an Orange Cupcake! :D

Let’s get started, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients orange cupcakes

Orange cupcakes 

2 cups of flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

1 cup of white sugar

1 tall glass of pure fresh orange juice

2 tbsp of baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of orange zest

1. Preheat oven at 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and set aside.

3. With a hand-held mixer, blend the eggs with the sugar until creamy and then add the oil slowly.

4. Add the vanilla and mix then add little by little the flour and mix.

5. Add the orange juice and mix, then finally add the orange zest and mix.

5. Put them in the designated molds by filling the cake pan or each individual cupcake 3/4 of the way. 

6. Bake for about 25 minutes. The cupcakes will come out looking like this: 

Orange cupcakes 1

Orange Frosting

Ingredients Orange Frosting

3 tbsp of unsalted butter (softened)

2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar

3 tbsp of orange juice

1 tsp of orange zest

1. Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, mix the butter until creamy.

2. Slowly start to add the powdered sugar.

3. Then add the orange juice (mixing after adding each tbsp) and the orange zest.

4. Finally add some orange food coloring if desired.

Adapted from Baked by Rachel

Decorate each cupcake any way you would like with the frosting and voilà!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)