Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'd Rather Be Baking!

Thanks to my dear friend Jersey, I now have my very own Magnolia cookbook and a super-cute new apron named Betty! Ever since these lovelies arrived on my doorstep I've been dying to put them to use but, alas, there hasn't been the time. Today I am sorely tempted to call in sick (sniffle, cough, sniffle) and spend the morning in heavenly baking bliss, but my conscience (and a dwindling bank account) convinces me otherwise.

The minute I get home from the office, though, I'm headed straight for the kitchen to whip up some cupcakes! I know, I am no longer indulging in goodies but that shouldn't stop me from treating others, right?

Anyone want to stop by for tea & cupcakes this afternoon? The castle's open, come on in!

Magnolia Bakery's Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
from At Home with Magnolia by Allysa Torey

Yield: about two dozen cupcakes (depending on the size of your cupcake papers and muffin tins)

Cupcake Ingredients

* 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
* 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
* 4 large eggs, at room temperature
* 1 cup orange juice (use a variety without pulp)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients

* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish (optional)

To make the cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and zest gradually and beat until fluffy, about three minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the orange juice and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.

5. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

To make the frosting:
1. In a medium-size saucepan, whisk the flour into the milk until smooth. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes very thick and begins to bubble, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover with waxed paper placed directly on the surface and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, on the medium-high speed of an electric mixer, beat the butter for three minutes, until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously, and mix until fluffy, for three minutes. Add the vanilla and beat well.

3. Add the cooled milk mixture and beat for five minutes, until very smooth and noticeably whiter in color. Add a few drops of red food coloring to give a pink tint to the frosting, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes (no less and no longer—set a timer!). Use immediately to frost the cupcakes. If you like, garnish with the coconut (or do some with coconut and some without).


Anonymous said...

oooh, glad you like'em...but Betty the Apron looks a lot too BIG for you...sheesh....I think it would fit ME, lol.


Lady Laurie said...

These sound utterly delicious!! I will be by for tea and cupcakes!!
Love the apron!

Rapunzel said...

Jersey, they are baking right now and smell fabulous!!! Wish you were here to share them.

Lady Laurie, come on over, hon! You are always welcome at the castle. :-)

Helena S. said...

I love that photo and the stove behind. But I'm pretty sure those 50's housewives weren't so happy as they seem in photos...

Rapunzel said...

Helena, I am sure you're right! I would love to have the best of both worlds, I guess.

Mother of Invention said...

You are such a great cook and baker! I don't know how you have the will power not to devour a few of those cupcakes!!!

Good luck with all your goals and changes this year.

kim said...

Too cute and the cupcakes sound yummy!