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April 1, 2013

CURIOUS CULINARIAN: Not like any Hostess cupcake I've ever seen

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If you love the taste of orange and are keen to try these cupcakes, I’d suggest perhaps filling them from the side using a pastry bag. But if you don’t care what they look like, by all means, follow the directions below.

Hostess orange cupcakes

For the cupcake 

13/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

For the filling

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the orange frosting

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/4 cup milk

3 ounces white chocolate, or a little less than a half a cup

Yellow and red food coloring 

For the white doodle icing (optional)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon milk

1 teaspoon light corn syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a standard 12-muffin tin with baker’s spray or cooking spray.

For the cupcakes, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Beat the sugar and butter together on medium-low speed in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until the mixture is light and fluffy looking. 

Add each egg and yolk one at a time, allowing the them to be completely incorporated before adding the next while the mixer is on low. 

Add the orange and vanilla extracts and mix thoroughly. 

Add one-third of the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Add in half of the orange juice and stir until incorporated. Add in the second-third of the flour, stir, the second half of the juice, stir and finally, the remainder of the flour and stir until incorporated.

Evenly distribute the batter among with the 12 cups of the muffin tin and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted into the center pulls out clean.

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