Bringing in the new year should be done with cupcakes. A delicious treat to have at your party are Mimosa Cupcakes. Most people seem to reprint the mimosa cupcakes from Cupcake Project. But seeing how she blogged that they were dense I went looking for another recipe. Although in her updated 2010 notes she posts that she now uses a different lighter recipe.
I asked Sublime Sweets for her orange cupcake recipe and then went to find a champagne frosting. The cupcakes were delicious and fluffy! You can definitely taste the orange, and it is not too overpowering. I bought 1 large Sunkist orange and zested it without measuring. It looked to be about 1 tbsp. Squeezing it afterwards gave me the 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice. Then I quickly devoured the orange. The frosting was really sweet. You could taste the champagne in the first bite, but then the orange took over. I had to discard most of the frosting because it was just too sweet. It is a pretty basic recipe though, maybe I’ve had too much sweets because of the holidays. The frosting recipe will make twice as much as you need for the cupcake recipe. I found the frosting recipe at Gimme Some Oven.
1 c flour
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 c butter
1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp orange zest
1/4 tsp vanilla (you may increase this if you want)
1/8 tsp salt
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat all ingredients on low speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Scrape bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes more.
3. Put in cupcake liners and bake for 15-20 mins or until toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Makes about 12 cupcakes.
Sweet Champagne Buttercream Frosting:
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature
With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended, and then on medium for another two minutes. Add vanilla and champagne, beating on medium for another minute.