Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Cupcakes for Mystery Box #4 (Orange)

A few days after reading about this month's Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge, with the theme of "Orange," I tried a new flavor of yogurt for lunch: Yoplait's Light Strawberry Orange Sunrise yogurt - a mixture of strawberry, banana, and sunny orange. It was so tasty that I could not stop commenting on its deliciousness (my friends can verify) and I had half a mind to go and buy another one immediately after I finished it. Suddenly, I had an epiphany! This yogurt had the potential to turn into scrumptious, fruit-filled cupcakes. When I mentioned this to my friends, one suggested that I make the cupcakes actually look like a sunrise by dying them pink and orange. This opportunity was too good to pass up. After hunting around for modifiable recipes, I came up with my recipe...   

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Cupcakes
Makes 18

  • 1-1/2 C strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 C butter (1 stick)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C light strawberry orange sunrise yogurt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C mashed bananas (about 1 banana)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest

  1. Macerate strawberries by adding 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1 Tbsp. orange juice and refrigerating, covered, for at least 2 hours.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in eggs, yogurt, flour, baking soda, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in banana, strawberries (with most of the liquid drained off), and orange zest until combined.
  5. Divide batter in half, in two separate bowls. In one, add pink coloring. In the other, add orange coloring. (I used Wilton paste colors.)
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full, adding the pink batter and then spooning the orange batter on top.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350ยบ F.

Orange Curd
Makes about 1-2/3 cups
·       1-1/2 large eggs
·       1 large egg yolk
·       1/4 cup sugar
·       2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
·       1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
·       zest from 1/2 a large orange
·       1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
·       1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

In a small heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in the sugar, then whisk in the citrus juices and zests. Add the butter and whisk constantly over moderately low heat until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes; do not let it boil. Immediately strain the curd into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd and cut 6 small steam vents in the plastic. Refrigerate until curd is cold, about 4 hours.  You can make the curd ahead of time and it can be refrigerated for up to one week.

 *I used the cone method to fill the cupcakes with the orange curd, but any normal method of filling should work.

Look at that luscious orange curd...

Strawberry Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 C sugar (I used confectioner's sugar to try to make it hold up better)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 T food processed strawberries (take 6-10 small strawberries, wash them, remove the stems, and throw them in the food processor/blender until they become a thick, seedy liquid)

  1. Whip cream until it looks like whipped cream.
  2. Mix in sugar.
  3. Mix in vanilla and strawberries until just combined. If the frosting is too runny at this point, add a few more tablespoons of sugar.
  4. Pipe onto cupcakes. 

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Jennifer said...

These sound insanely good. I might just snag the recipe to try! I haven't tried that flavor of Yoplait yet, but I'll definitely pick it up off the shelf the next time I'm in the yogurt aisle. I'm competing as well, but still wish you the best of luck!

Alisa said...

Thanks, Jennifer, they are in fact quite tasty. Your cupcakes look insanely delicious as well! I may have to make those soon - before all the pumpkin disappears off the shelves! Good luck in the competition =)

Sourkraut said...

Ooh, yum. And I'll have to keep an eye out for that yogurt because it's right up my alley. Great inspiration for your cupcakes!

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