Cupcakes can have endless variations, though I don’t bake them very often, I love watching the colorful pictures of different flavoured cupcakes all over pinterest. One such picture which made me gaze for about 15 minutes was an orange flavoured cupcake by My Baking Addiction. The author of this blog Jamie has the best blog ever with some mind boggling pictures and being a dessert freak, I literally worship her blog. Anyway, the thing is that once I saw them, I had already decided in my mind that I have to make them, though mine were not as pretty as hers but yes, I came up with an eggless version as readers keep on insisting on it. These eggless orange cupcakes will for sure become your favourite and will make you orange-o-holic once you try them.
I’m not an orange lover, I don’t hate it as well but what I don’t like is eating an orange as it is. I can have orange juice or love eating something that is flavoured orange so you see this recipe is totally my kind and hence I went ahead with it. But then I love the colour orange, how bright and beautiful it looks! I mean anything orange is just so refreshing and energetic. Too much na? Lets get back to our orange cupcakes. Baking eggless used to be a challenge earlier but now its like I bake most of the things eggless so its pretty easy until you have a can of condensed milk or yoghurt/curd at home. I know there are other things using which you can bake eggless but these two are my preferred ingredients.
So, the moment I made up my mind to make these cupcakes, I realized that there was no condensed milk lying in the fridge. I usually don’t run out of these things but it skipped my mind. No one was home and I was so lazy to go get it myself from the nearby store. I opened the fridge again and ran my eyes all over, to my surprise I could see a bowl of homemade fresh curd/yoghurt behind and that made my day. Summers are peeping in and my sweetheart mom has already started making fresh curd at home, phewww that was a true saviour.
I wanted to do an orange buttercream frosting but then whipped cream is more my thing and so just for that extra something, I drizzled orange glaze from top and trust me the cupcakes tasted out of the world after that. To enjoy these delicious orange flavoured cupcakes follow my recipe carefully and get baking!
- All purpose flour - 1½ cups
- Granulated sugar - ¾ cup
- Vegetable Oil (anyne neutral flavoured oil) - ½ cup
- Yoghurt/curd - ¾ cup
- Baking powder - 1½ tsp
- Baking soda - ½ tsp
- Freshly squeezed orange juice - ½ cup
- Orange zest - 1 tsp
- Orange essence - 4 to 5 drops
- Liquid orange food colour - ½ tsp (optional)
- For whipped cream frosting:
- Heavy sweetened whipping cream - ¾ cup (If not sweetened add ¼ cup powdered sugar)/ Use whipping cream powder to make frosting if you do not find whipping cream
- For the orange glaze:
- Granulated sugar - ¼ cup
- Orange juice - ¼ cup
- Liquid orange food colour - few drops
- Preheat oven at 180 degree celsius.
- Line cupcake mould with cupcake liners and keep aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add in sugar, oil, yoghurt, orange juice, orange zest, orange essence, food colour and beat the mixture with an electric whisk until well combined.
- Now sieve in the dry ingredients directly into the wet mixture, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Using a spatula fold in the flour mixture gently until everything gets well combined and you cannot see any more flour. The cake batter is now ready.
- Take the lined cupcake mould and using a tablespoon, fill each cavity with the batter till ⅔ rd full. I used an ice cream scoop to fill the moulds.
- Bake them in a preheated oven for 14 to 15 minutes at 180 degree celsius or until a skewer inserted in the centre of a cupcakes comes clear off batter.
- Once done, cool down the cupcakes fully, transfer to a cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, prepare the frosting, beat cold heavy cream to stiff peaks or pipeable.
- Spoon it into a piping bag with a nozzle of your choice.
- For the glaze, take a sauce pan, add in orange juice, sugar, food colour, give a stir and let it simmer for 5 minutes on low flame. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.
- The glaze will thicken and become slightly syrupy.
- When the cupcakes cool down, pipe whipped cream and drizzle the orange glaze from top.
- Chill the cupcakes until you serve them.