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Orange Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing

These orange cupcakes are topped with zesty orange frosting.

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cup cake flour
  • orange zest, for garnish
  1. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks; reserve. Combine cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, orange zest, and vanilla extract in mixing bowl; beat with mixer until combined. Fold in whipped cream; refrigerate until chilled. When ready to use, mix gently by hand until soft.
  2. Combine eggs and sugar in metal mixing bowl. Rest bowl over pot of lightly simmering hot water. Whisk with wire whisk until eggs become warm, frothy and light in color. Place egg mixture in mixing bowl; beat with whisk attachment of mixer on medium speed. Add orange juice and water; whisk for 15 minutes, until mixture is cooled. Add orange zest and nutmeg. Gently fold in flour with a rubber spatula until just combined; batter will be slightly lumpy, do not overmix.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans; fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned on top. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool on wire rack completely. Just before serving, place cream cheese icing in pastry bag; pipe icing on top of cupcakes and garnish with orange zest. Serve immediately.

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