Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Orange Cupcakes = Yummy!

Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of an orange
1/4 cup orange juice (I used the orange I zested)

**** I made sure all of my ingredients were room temperature before starting****

In mixing bowl beat butter until smooth and slowly add in sugar.  Beat until fluffy, add one egg at a time beating well in between each one.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Add juice and zest and continue to beat well.

Fill paper lined cupcake holders 2/3 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

****Make sure all items are room temperature****

Mix cream cheese and butter together well with mixer until fluffy and add in the sugar and vanilla.  Continue to beat until blended well.


I wanted to share some pictures with you.

The first couple are of the forest road right out the back gate.

The photo below is of a near-by lake - Anacoco Lake...We didn't have a bunch of time there for me to take pictures but it is on our lists of places to go back to and look around more.

The final picture I am going to add to this blog post is of a black widow spider that was living in our back yard.  She was very pretty as you can see.  I am just glad that she didn't bite anyone.


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