Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fuzzy Navel Cupcakes

I've been trying to slowly get the birthday cupcake recipes up, mixing them in with regular meals because one cannot live on cupcakes alone....right? I can remember back to the days when I first started drinking alcoholic beverages, and like many girls, the bottled Fuzzy Navel Seagram's 4-packs were what I went for. Isn't it funny to track your favorites as you get older? 
I decided to turn the Fuzzy Navel into a cupcake because I love the flavor combination of orange and peach, it's so refreshing and perfect for summer!  I kind of made this recipe up as I went along, and though I enjoyed it, next time I'd like to incorporate peach flavor into the buttercream.

Fuzzy Navel Cupcakes

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 c. sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1/3 c. peach schnapps
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. peach nectar

Preheat oven to 350*
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add schnapps, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, baking soda and orange zest.
Mix to combine.
Add 1 1/2 c. flour, mix until just combined.
Add sour cream and peach nectar, mix until just combined.
Add remaining 1 1/2 c. flour, beat until all flour is absorbed, scrape down mixer to make sure everything is mixed well. 
(Beat no more than 20 seconds after each addition)
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners, add batter to cups about 2/3 of the way up.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until puffed and golden brown, cool for 5 minutes in tins, transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Orange Buttercream:
2 sticks of butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners sugar 
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Pinch of salt

Beat butter, orange zest, juice and salt together in a stand mixer.
Add confectioners sugar 1/2 c. at a time on low speed, add milk or cream to thin.

Ice cooled cupcakes, then top with candy orange slices.


Mary said...

What an original idea. I really love it. This is my first visit to your blog. I started reading some of your earlier posts and was hooked. I love your recipes and the tone of your blog. I'll be back as often as I can.
I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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Joanne said...

I had a fuzzy navel shot once at a bar crawl and it was my favorite of all the crazy drinks I tried that night. Love the sound of these cupcakes!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

The frosting looks delicious!

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