Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.
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Blood Orange Cupcakes

Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 1 dozen cupcakes
Author Krissy Allori

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose or cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 vanilla beans split and scraped
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • blood orange frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running on low, add butter one tablespoon at a time. Increase speed of mixer to medium and continue to blend until the the butter and flour mixture is well incorporated and when squeezed between your fingers, it holds together.
  • In a separate bowl with a pouring spout, whisk together all remaining ingredients to create your wet portion.
  • With the mixer running on low, pour in about a third of the wet ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape sides, add half of remaining wet ingredients, and beat on low until combined. Scrape sides again, add remaining wet ingredients, and beat on low until fully combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop to divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until testers inserted in the centers come out clean, about 24-28 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.