Recipe courtesy of Diana Colletti

Orange Sleepy Poppy Cupcake with Spiked Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 26 cupcakes
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Orange Poppy Cake Batter:

21 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 5 tablespoons) unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 

6 tablespoons poppy seed filling 

1/2 cup buttermilk 

3 cups all-purpose flour 

2 teaspoons baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

3 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 

5 drops pure orange oil 

Zest of 3 oranges 

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup cream cheese, softened

4 cups confectioners' sugar 

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice 

1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Cointreau

2 drops pure orange oil 

Zest of 2 large oranges 

Directions

  1. For the orange poppy cake batter: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners (for a total of 26 cupcakes).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and poppy seed filling. Stir in the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk thoroughly. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and incorporate without over-mixing. Stir in the vanilla, orange oil and orange zest.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full; bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the orange cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat an additional 4 minutes. Turn off the mixer, add the confectioners' sugar one cup at a time and mix until fully incorporated. While on a low speed, mix in the orange juice, orange liqueur, orange oil and orange zest. Beat on high for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Using a piping bag, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. 

Fudge Factor

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.