Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Salted Caramel Buttercream | Cupcake Project

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Salted Caramel Buttercream

Often, I need to make a sales pitch about my cupcakes.  Not everyone will be immediately excited about eating a cupcake that tastes like wine, chocolate tamale cupcakes, or cucumber martini cupcakes.  When I tell you that I made orange creamsicle cupcakes with orange salted caramel buttercream, my job is easier.  They are as good as they sound -  ’nuff said.  But, I’ll say more anyway. :)

The smell of morning from zesting oranges while you prepare orange creamsicle cupcakes only hints at what’s to come. The scent creeps throughout your home while the cupcakes bake, testing your willpower to wait. The orange creamsicle cupcakes are dense, like a pound cake, but their weight is countered with pillowy orange salted caramel frosting.  They take you back to the call of the ice cream truck but surprise you with their grown-up complexity.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Salted Caramel Buttercream

Yield: 16 cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Salted Caramel Buttercream

Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pure orange juice
  • Salted Caramel Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup salted caramel (from above), room temperature

Instructions

    Cupcake Directions
  1. 30 minutes before baking, mix sugar and orange zest in a small bowl to infuse the orange flavor into the sugar.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and the sugar/orange zest mixture until light and fluffy.
  5. Mix eggs, sour cream, and vanilla into butter/sugar mixture until fully combined.
  6. Alternately mix the flour mixture and orange juice into the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Salted Caramel Directions
  10. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  11. Add brown sugar and stir continuously until just boiling.
  12. Add orange juice and salt and stir well.
  13. Stir in heavy whipping cream until just combined.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Cool to room temperature.
  16. Set aside ½ cup for the frosting.
  17. Frosting Directions
  18. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed with an electric mixer for three minutes until light and fluffy.
  19. Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  20. Mix in salt and orange zest.
  21. Mix in salted caramel.
  22. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.
  23. Optionally, drizzle any extra salted caramel over the frosting.
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/08/orange-creamsicle-cupcakes-with-orange.html

Why Three Photos?

Jonathan (my husband/site photographer) and I couldn’t decide on background for the orange creamsicle cupcake photo, so I included all three!

Which photo would you have picked?

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7 Responses to Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes With Orange Salted Caramel Buttercream

  1. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} August 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    They look and sound delicious. Orange caramel buttercream? Genius!

    I can’t pick just one of those options.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  2. Monica@TheYummyLife August 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Oh my. This just may be my dream cupcake. Make that dreamsicle cupcake. :-) Love the addition of salted caramel. You’ve always got a creative twist on traditional flavors.

    I’m with Paula’s team with their photo selection. The orange background is the color of creamsicles. Definitely reminiscent of childhood ice cream truck treats(great description with recipe BTW–an hour well spent!).

  3. Vivian Mac August 10, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Second picture– guessed it right!

  4. cindy clutterbuster August 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I think the darker back ground shows off your cupcakes better. Can’t wait to try these and your vanilla ones also.

    • Vera Zecevic August 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      Yes, I agree with Cindy to becouse of white frosting. Really nice looking cupcakes! I adore orange flavor on hot summer days.

  5. julie | the semi-reformed nerd August 18, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    YUM. I have a warm place in my heart for anything involved salted caramel… so this recipe goes on my list. :)

  6. Cannella Vita January 29, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I made these cupcakes for my high school bake sale, and they were a HUGE hit! Check out how mine came out here: http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2013/01/creamsicle-cupcakes.html

    P.S. Orange Creamsicles are my all time favorite ice cream!

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