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Friday, October 15, 2010

Orange Marmalade-Ricotta Cupcakes with Marmalade Buttercream Frosting

You think the title's a mouthful, put one of these on your plate. They are delicious little four-bite wonders. My favorite over-the-top part is that the cakes get a brushing of orange juice when they're still warm from the oven. And THEN you frost them. Super yummy whipped orange frosting, too, by the way.

Orange Marmalade-Ricotta Cupcakes
1 (18.25-ounce) package plain white cake mix
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice, divided
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Insert paper liners into 20 muffin cups; set aside.

2. Beat cake mix, 1 cup orange juice, and next 5 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until combined. Scrape sides of bowl with spatula, and beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until batter is thick and well combined. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter into each liner.

3. Bake at 350° for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

4. Brush tops of warm cupcakes evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice. Let cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

5. Spread about 1 heaping tablespoon of Marmalade Buttercream Frosting on each cupcake. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days, up to a week in refrigerator, or (unfrosted) up to 6 months in freezer.

Marmalade Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tsp orange extract, optional

Beat first 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until combined. Gradually add orange juice, beating at medium speed 30 seconds or until frosting is spreadable. Beat at medium-high 30 seconds or until fluffy.

Recipes from Anne Byrn, MyRecipes, APRIL 2006

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