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Friday, May 31, 2013

Orange-Glazed Strawberry Cupcakes

                                                       Makes 12 servings

1-2/3              cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4              teaspoons baking powder
1/4                 teaspoon salt
8                    tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3                 cup sugar
1                    large egg plus 1 large egg white
8                    tablespoons (1/2 cup) orange juice 
1/2                 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries 
1                    cup confectioners' sugar  Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

1 .         Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg white until well combined. With mixer on low, beat in half of flour mixture. Beat in 6 Tbsp. orange juice, then add remaining flour mixture and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gently fold in chopped strawberries.
2 .         Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each until almost full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.
3 .         Make glaze: In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. orange juice until smooth. If glaze is too thick, stir in additional juice, making sure to add only 1 tsp. at a time, until you reach desired consistency. Glaze should be loose enough to spread easily on cupcakes, but not so thin that it drips.
4 .      Remove cupcakes from pan and top evenly with glaze. Let cool completely on rack, about 1 hour. Garnish each cupcake with a strawberry half, if desired.
Top strawberry-filled cupcakes with a sweet orange juice glaze and top with a fresh strawberry for brighr and cheery springtime dessert.

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