Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dreamsicle Cupcakes

Who remembers Dreamsicles or Creamsicles? Orange sherbet over a vanilla ice cream center (or ice milk depending which one you bought)on a stick. With our hot, humid weather it seems like those frozen treat flavors were calling to me when I came up with this week's cupcake.
Dreamsicle Cupcake
Yes, it is REALLY orange but I was going for that bright Popsicle color. I got this color by mixing yellow & neon pink food coloring. Both the cupcake & icing are also strongly flavored with orange extract, I did not want the flavor to be subtle.
The filling is a whipped cream filling with some gelatin in it which gives it a little body. The original recipe I used didn't call for vanilla & it needed it so when I use it again (which I will, its so good & pipes unlike regular whipped cream)I'll add some. In the recipe below I added that into the ingredients.
Dreamsicle Cupcake

Orange Cupcakes


2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
pinch of salt
3 T unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 t orange extract
1/4 c plain yogurt
orange food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare 6 muffin tins.
Stir flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. On high speed, gradually beat in the sugar until light & fluffy. Lower speed and add egg, beating until just blended. Then beat in orange extract. On low speed beat in flour mixture & yogurt until just blended. Stir in food coloring until you get the desired color. This will be a very light fluffy batter.
Dreamsicle Cupcake
Divide the batter evenly between 6 muffin tins.
Oranges?
Bake for 18 minutes. The edges should just be turning golden brown. Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.

Makes 6 cupcakes but is easily doubled.

Whipped Cream Filling

(Adapted from Allrecipes)

1/2 c heavy cream
1 t confectioners sugar
1/4 t vanilla
3/4 t cold water
1/4 t unflavored gelatin

Whip the cream, sugar & vanilla together just until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Mix the water & gelatin together in a small bowl and microwave briefly, about 10 seconds, until the gelatin is dissolved. Allow to cool slightly but not get hard. Add to cream & continue whipping until stiff peaks are formed. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Makes enough to fill 6 cupcakes with a little left over.

To Fill Cupcakes

Put cream filling into an icing bag with a large star tip. Insert the tip into the middle of the top of the cupcake about 3/4 inch. Gently squeeze the cream into the cupcake, pulling the tip slowly out.

Orange Milk Icing

1/2 c powdered sugar, shifted
1 t orange extract
orange food coloring
milk

Mix powdered sugar, orange extract, food coloring and 1/2 t milk. Add more milk as needed by 1/2 t amounts until icing consistency. After icing allow cupcakes to sit until the icing has set, about an hour.

Makes enough to ice 6 cupcakes

The icing doesn't cover the hole where you inserted the cream very well but you'll have enough cream left to pipe a star on the top of each cupcake to cover it. These cupcakes should be refrigerated in an airtight container & are wonderful cold!

13 comments:

Peter M said...

If these really taste like Creamsickles, you rock! It's one of my favourite flavahs!

Susan said...

This looks so good... I want an orange creamsickle NOW....

kat said...

Peter- Its pretty darn close especially when you eat these right our of the refrigerator like we did last night.

natalie said...

omg! must try these!!!! every now and then i can get those orange cupcakes from starbucks, but they hardly ever have them! definitely will be added onto my to-do list!

recipes2share said...

I'm really busy right now, so I think I shall keep this away from my kids..they will definatley want them!

Michelle said...

Fabulous cupcake!!!

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Elle said...

Gorgeous colors, and I'll bet they taste as great as they look!

Leslie said...

Ohhh,,,,I have to try these!!!!
Thanks for the comment on my blog about my Sleeping Beauty Cake!

Deborah said...

OK, these sound SOOO good! And I love the bright orange color!

justJENN said...

Awesome. I just made some creamsicle mini ice cream bombes, these would go great together, ha!

kamailesfood said...

Creamsicles were one of my favorite summer treats when I was a kid. I've been hunting for a good creamsicle cupcake recipe. I'll definitely give this one a try.

Anonymous said...

i had some problems with the whipping cream... serious problems. how can you make it without it curlteling?

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