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Vanilla and Orange Cupcakes

Recipe author: EAT SMARTER
Vanilla and Orange Cupcakes
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489
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35 min.
Preparation
easy
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Ingredients

for 12 cakes
½ cup
½ cup
½ teaspoon
2
eggs (beaten)
1 ¼ cups
For the decoration
1 ⅛ cups
4 cups
1
Orange (juice and finely grated zest)
orange Food coloring (optional)
12
jelly candy (starfish)
3 tablespoons
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Preparation steps

Step 1/6
For the cupcakes: heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350°F gas 4. Line a 12 hole bun tin with paper cases.
Step 2/6
Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, followed by the eggs.
Step 3/6
Slowly fold in the flour until combined and spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
Step 4/6
Bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
Step 5/6
For the buttercream: beat the butter until soft and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar and beat well. Gradually beat in sufficient orange juice to give a soft spreading consistency. Stir in the zest and a few drops of orange colouring if using.
Step 6/6
Spoon the buttercream thickly on top of each cake. Place a jelly starfish in the centre of each cake and sprinkle with sugar crystals.