Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Monday, 19th April 2010

The Cupcake, you can dress it up and take it anywhere, especially these Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Icing and Sugared Orange Peel.  The perfect gourmet cupcake that is sure to please!

A photo of 3 mini orange cupcakes with vanilla icing decorated with sugared orange peel on a white dish on a wooden placemat.

My niece, V, is getting married this summer and a tradition in our family is for all the Aunts to host the Bridal Shower. In reality it is a mini wedding. So many things to do, choose a venue, invitations, decorations, flowers, decide on a menu and party favors. We bake cookies for months prior to the event, each of usually bakes 5 or 6 varieties. I thought it would be nice to have a gourmet cupcake for each of the guests.

A photo of 3 mini orange cupcakes with vanilla icing decorated with sugared orange peel on a white dish on a wooden placemat.

Choosing a cupcake should be easy right? Wrong! Wow, when you sit down and think about it there are so many choices, almost too many, sprinkled, swirled, filled, glazed, piped not to mention all the different flavours, chocolate, lemon, orange, vanilla, strawberry, red velvet, mocha, the list goes on and on.

A photo of an orange cupcake with vanilla cream icing decorated with sugared orange peel on a mini white cake stand with orange sanding sugar on an orange napkin.

Making a choice has been difficult but I have narrowed it down to a few, Orange Cupcakes, Lemon-Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, and of course I need to add a little chocolate to the mix, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes and Deep-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes. I will post about them over the next couple of weeks. How will I choose? I am reaching out to you in hopes that you will help with the choice and by all means if you have a recipe that you think will knock the socks off of our guests I would love to hear about it.

A photo of a bunch of orange cupcakes with vanilla cream icing decorated with sugared orange peel on a bed of orange sanding sugar on a glass cake stand.

This past weekend I decided to make the Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Icing and I decorated them with sugared orange peel. I am so happy I did, these brought me right back to when I was a kid running after the ice cream truck, they taste just like a creamsicle. So moist, creamy and delicious and they couldn’t be easier to make. We are sure to please all the guests from the small children right to the adults.

A photo of 3 white cupcakes with white frosting decorated with sugared orange peel sitting on top of a white, long narrow plate that has 2 pieces of green ribbon with small yellow flowers crisscrossed on the plate.

A close up photo of one white cupcake with white icing, decorated with sugared orange peel sitting atop orange coloured sugar on top of a glass plate (only rim is slightly visible).

A close up photo of 3 white cupcakes with white frosting decorated with sugared orange peel sitting on top of a white, long narrow plate that has 2 pieces of green ribbon with small yellow flowers crisscrossed on the plate.

A close up photo of one white cupcake with white icing, decorated with sugared orange peel sitting atop orange coloured sugar on top of a glass plate (only rim is slightly visible).

A close up photo of one white cupcake with white icing, decorated with sugared orange peel sitting atop orange coloured sugar on top of a glass plate (only rim is slightly visible).

A close up photo of one white cupcake with white icing, decorated with sugared orange peel sitting atop orange coloured sugar on top of a glass pedestal cake stand.

A close up photo of 3 white cupcake with white icing, decorated with sugared orange peel sitting atop orange coloured sugar on top of a glass plate.

Buon Appetito!

A close up photo of a single white cupcake with white icing decorated with sugared orange peel, cupcake wrapper is partially removed sitting on top of a white plate along side a partially visible dessert fork.

Check back on Wednesday for a super easy treat.

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Comments (18)

18 Responses to “Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Icing & Sugared Orange Peel”

  1. Amy Kelly Says:

    Grace,

    Thank you for the comment on my post. I figured I’d respond to your questions here, in case you didn’t check back at the original post.

    I made the Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge Frosting from my post into mini cupcakes and used the Wilton 1M tip to pipe the frosting. Had I made these regular size, I would have used the Ateco 829 tip. Both are open star tips. My trick for getting a pleasantly plump mound of frosting is to use a tip larger than you think you’d need. The Atecto 829 tip, for example, is almost comically large.

    The flowers are made from gum paste. You can use a ready made gum paste, or make your own from a mix or from scratch. I have used Wilton’s ready-to-use gum paste as well as their gum paste mix. I use cutters from the Wilton Floral Collection Flower Making Set to cut the gum paste and then shape the flowers using one of their fondant/gum paste tool sets. If you get the flower making set, there is a booklet included that will give you some tips and techniques on how to shape the flowers. There are also a ton of great tutorials online.

    I hope I’ve answered your questions! Good luck on the search to find the perfect cupcake recipe for your niece’s bridal shower.

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Amy for the wonderful tips. I will definitely look into the Wilton set, I think it will definitely come in handy, especially since it provides even more tips and techniques.

  3. Amy Kelly Says:

    You are more than welcome! If you have a Michaels near you, I suggest purchasing the items from them since there are always great coupons available online. I purchased all of the gum paste tools I use there with 40% off and 50% off coupons.

  4. Grace Says:

    That is exactly what I was going to do, thank you.

  5. Chef Dennis Says:

    hi Grace

    very well written blog!! I love those cupcakes, and the frosting it sits perfectly…and I do love cream cheese frosting….
    Keep up the good work

    Dennis

  6. Grace Says:

    Thank you!

  7. Eddie Says:

    Creamsicle cuupcakes are right up my alley. What else have you used the sugared orange peel on? It seems like it would be a very useful ingredient to have in my freezer.

  8. Grace Says:

    Actually Eddie this is the first time I have used it but I think I will use this technique more often. I just found a supplier of edible flowers and I am going to try my hand at that. Very similar procedure but the flowers are delicate so I won’t be simmering them but I will use the simple syrup and then sugar. I think they will be beautiful on what ever I use them on and some edible flowers have a flavour all their own. Thanks again for your words of wisdom.

  9. Dianne Says:

    OMGoodness! I stumbled across your blog and I’m loving it. Your pics are wonderful and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Cupcakes remind me so much of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s…it seems cupcakes were more “popular” then than cakes were. Thanks for the inspiration to try cupcakes again!

    Blessings,
    Dianne

  10. Grace Says:

    Thank you Dianne, you are so very welcome!

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