Well, I have to say the
Cupcake Love-In at
the Hotel Valley Ho in
Scottsdale, AZ was
This is me and my bff
Sheila (one of the pals
who inspired the cupcake
bakery series) taking a
break from tasting
The event was inspiring (terrific causes),
and I was delighted to offer up a walk on
part in DEATH BY THE DOZEN
as a raffle item. I can't wait to see who
I had a great time meeting other cupcake
lovers and talking to some of the chefs
about their truly remarkable creations.
My fave was a Guinness based chocolate
cupcake and Sheila voted for the originality
of a delish cupcake that used ground popcorn
as it's flour base and was topped with a fab
caramel buttercream with homemade
caramel popcorn on top.
Truly, it was cupcakes as
far as the eye could see.
Every flavor imaginable
was represented. Phoenix's
famous Tammie Coe was
there with a lemon cheese-
cake custard cup that was
to die for! And as a murder
mystery author, I think I
can say that and mean it.
The surprise to me was to find cilantro in several of the offerings
when paired with lemon it was quite good. The other thing I had not
seen before was the chicken and waffle cupcake, which was actually
very yummy! So, anyway, I am now in the midst of a sugar crash of
mythic proportions and must finish my post before I pass out!
Oh, they even had cupcake decorating for kids.
I was, of course, partial to this chipper
fellow on the ABC Baking and Cake Decorating
Supplies store table. Big surprise, I know.
And so, since I am feeling the cupcake
love, I am going to share my
Orange Dreamsicle Cupcake
recipe with you. This particular
cupcake will be included in January's
book BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF
but you get a sneak peek and a chance
to win some cupcake swag! What's life
without swag? And speaking of swag...
NAME MY NEXT CUPCAKE BOOK CONTEST!
Do you have a need for some cool
cupcake swag? I know, who doesn't?
Then simply send me an email with
your idea for a title for my next
cupcake bakery mystery (#4)!
Get your name in the
acknowledgments of the
book and score some "sweet"
swag if your title is picked!
I'll be holding two contests for
Oct and Nov to promote the release
of Buttercream Bump Off!
And now for the recipe...
Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes: An orange cupcake topped
with vanilla buttercream and garnished with a candied orange peel
(sadly, I didn't have any for the picture).
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs, separated and
whites beaten until stiff
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 stick of butter, softened
Candied orange peels (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks, zest and orange extract in a large mixing bowl. Cream these ingredients together thoroughly. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together in a separate mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients 1/3 at a time alternately with the orange juice. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Spoon batter into cupcake liners until 1/2 full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Makes 18.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons milk (or whipping cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, cream butter and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl often. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. For best results, keep icing in refrigerator when not in use. This icing can be stored up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using. Makes 3 cups of icing.
Whew! Sorry, I know it was a long post -- I had a lot to share;-) Check the
previous post to see the winner of Kathy Borich's Appetite for Murder!
Sprinkle With Murder ~ Buttercream Bump Off