Day 121 – Orange Almond Cupcakes

29 Nov

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday!  I know I did.  Lots of family.  LOTS of food.  And, of course, lots of dessert.  As there should be.

Baking assistants     Pieper whisking     Brinlee Whisking

My nieces, Pieper and Brinlee, were helping me make the cupcakes for our Thanksgiving feast.  We made Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (day 103) – which is a FANTASTIC recipe if you have little helpers – and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes (day 65).


But, now that Thanksgiving is officially over, I need a break.  From aggressively rich foods.  Just for a day.  But don’t worry.  They’ll be back!  For today though, I’ll enjoy the lighter side of cupcakes with these Orange Almond Cupcakes (recipe below from Martha Stewart).

And, not the lighter side of reading, today’s book: The Oath by Frank Peretti.

Orange-Almond-Cupcake     Mini-OA-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist, but not wet. They feel like a cross between a muffin and a cupcake.  They have a nice, light orange flavor, with just a hint of the almond. They’re extremely well-balanced.


The whipped cream is exactly that. Light, fluffy, easy to “dollop”.  I wish there was a little sugar in the whipped cream, cause it isn’t very sweet.

Orange-Almond-Cupcake-side     Mini-OA-Cupcake-side

With the marmalade on top, you don’t miss the sugar in the whipped cream. The cupcake has a nice, sweet, orange taste with a very faint tartness. It’s extremely well-balanced and extremely light. This would be amazing at a brunch or tea!

Orange-Almond-Cupcake-top     Mini-OA-Cupcake-top

Note: The minis are a great example and a nice little bite-sized version.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4 (I don’t always love having to dirty my food processor, but it isn’t a hard recipe.)
  • TOTAL: 19


Orange Almond Cupcakes (recipe from Martha Stewart)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1 cup natural almonds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream, whipped to medium peaks

For directions visit Martha Stewart.

*Tomorrow: Gluten-free & Dairy-free Carrot Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 121 – Orange Almond Cupcakes”


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