Day 300 – Kumquat Cupcakes with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting

27 May

Today is my 300th cupcake!  I can’t believe it!  Only 65 more days in this year.  That’s.  Crazy.  So, I knew that today’s cupcakes needed to be something big.  Something different.  Something interesting.  These Kumquat Cupcakes with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below from One Kings Lane) really caught my eye.  Kumquats?!  That’s unusual!

Cupcake-Kumquat     Mini-Cupcake-Kumquat

The cupcakes are moderately dense. Sort of a muffin feel. The minis taste like vanilla cupcakes, you don’t get a lot of the fruit. The full-sized have a little stronger fruit flavor, but nothing too strong. It’s like a vanilla cupcake with a hint of tartness from the kumquat.

Citrus-Cream-Cheese-Frostin

The frosting is soft and smooth. It has a sugary vanilla flavor with just a hint of the kumquat. It’s very subtle. Not aggressively tart, which is what I expected from a kumquat.

Kumquat-Cupcake     Mini-Kumquat-Cupcake

The cupcake flows really well together. It’s sweet and sugary. The textures blend really nicely too – with the creamy frosting and the muffin-like cake. The kumquat aftertaste is definitely stronger when it’s all together! Still not aggressively tart, but you can tell it’s in there.

Kumquat-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4 (juicing kumquats is kind of time-consuming, but nothing hard)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

Mini-Kumquat-top

RECIPE

Kumquat Cupcakes with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe from One Kings Lane)

Kumquat Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped kumquat peel
  • 2 tablespoons fresh kumquat or orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 dozen kumquats (optional garnish)

Citrus Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 and 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon kumquat or orange juice

For directions visit One Kings Lane.

*Tomorrow: Kiwi Vanilla Cupcakes*

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