I’m celebrating Jenn McKinlay’s fabulous new cupcake cookbook and sharing one of her equally fabulous cupcake recipes!
Fairy Tale Cupcakes is the fictional bakery in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. This long running New York Times bestselling series features childhood friends Melanie Cooper, Angie DeLaura, and Tate Harper as they cook up yummy cupcakes, become embroiled in various shenanigans, and solve murder mysteries in their hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.
What is not fictional, however, are the cupcakes that they create and bake. From the imagination of Jenn McKinlay and the kitchen of Christie Conlee, these delicious cupcake recipes have been baked and frosted to perfection. And now, for the first time ever, we’re sharing them in a single volume with you. Happy Baking!
I’m sharing a reprisal of Jenn’s scrumptious Orange Dreamsicle Cupcake recipe from her cozy mystery BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF. These moist, delicious orange cupcakes are topped with a dreamy vanilla buttercream frosting. Reminiscent of a childhood favorite ice cream treat, these cupcakes are sure to be a hit with young and old alike!
An orange cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs separated and whites beaten until stiff
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk or whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks, zest and orange extract in a large mixing bowl and cream these ingredients together thoroughly.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder together in a separate mixing bowl.
Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients a third at a time, alternately with the orange juice.
Fold in the beaten egg whites.
Spoon batter into cupcake liners until half full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and vanilla extract together. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl often.
Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
For best results, keep icing in refrigerator when not in use. This icing can be stored up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
Makes 3 cups of icing.
To make the Dreamsicle frosting swirls, tint 1/4 of the frosting light orange. Fit a disposable pastry bag with a large star tip.
Place 1/3 of the orange frosting down one side of the pastry bag then fill with 1/3 of the remaining vanilla buttercream. Refill pastry bag as needed, until all cupcakes are frosted.
Using even pressure, pipe large swirls onto the top of the cupcakes.
Eggs are easier to separate when they are cold but whip up better when they are room temperature. Separate the egg whites as soon as you remove from the refrigerator but then allow them to come to room temperature while you collect the rest of the ingredients. Then beat the egg whites until stiff right before you need them.
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura’s Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel’s mother. Now Mom’s a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man’s shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.
The cupcakes look and sound amazing. Thanks for your generosity.
Sounds like a great book and who doesn’t love a good cupcake! I really appreciate the tips such as warmer eggs are easier to whip but cold eggs are easier to separate. What an awesome giveaway, so many books from my to be bought list, and now another one for my to be read list. Thank you!
looks very tasty
If only I could eat that. With just being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I’m really trying to do better. But dang they look soooooo good!!!!
Dreams I led are yummy. Can’t wait to try this recipe.
A great recipe.
These look amazing and I love the flavor combination!
thanks so much for your generosity. thanks for this recipe. it looks like a real treat.
Wow those sound amazing. I can’t wait to try them.
They look delicious.
Oh my goodness! Those look delicious!! Thank you for sharing and for your wonderful giveaway!!!
My favorite ice cream treat when I was younger. I am definitely going to need to make these cupcakes. Thanks for sharing!
Looks good. Brings back memories
This sounds like a good book and an awesome giveaway. The cupcakes sound yummy!! Thanks for the chance.
The cupcakes sound wonderful. Love the cover of the book.
Never had an orange cupcake. Sounds delicious.
Looks yummy. Have to try this recipe. thanks
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The book sounds like a great read and the cupcakes look delicious! Orange dreamsicle sounds so refreshing!
My favorite flavors! The book looks good enough to eat