Recipe: HONEY APRICOT CUPCAKES

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With all the warm weather, as summer has officially arrived, there has been a shift of flavors in the dessert world. Light, fresh, and fruity flavors are more favorable this time of year, and combinations like these Honey Apricot Cupcakes are delightfully refreshing. Baked in these hand-painted cupcake liners and topped with dainty, gum paste hydrangeas, these cupcakes are perfect for any afternoon tea or summer celebration.

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ORANGE SCENTED CUPCAKES

ORANGE SCENTED CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS:

—1 cup unsalted butter, softened
—2 cups granulated sugar
—6 egg yolks
—1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
—zest of one orange
—1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
—3 cups cake flour, sifted
—1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
—3/4 teaspoon salt
—1 1/2 cups whole milk

STEP BY STEP ORANGE SCENTED CUPCAKES INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners, and set aside.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed with a paddle attachment. Pour in granulated sugar and mix until light and fluffy (about 5-8 minutes).
  4. With your mixer on medium-low, gradually add in your egg yolks, vanilla, zest, and orange juice. Turn mixer off, and scrape the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  5. With the mixer on low, carefully alternate your dry ingredients with the milk, ending and beginning with the flour mixture.
  6. Divide batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 of the way. Rotate pans halfway through baking. Bake in the oven until done, about 20 minutes, or until the tops are a subtle golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

HONEY BUTTERCREAM

HONEY BUTTERCREAM INGREDIENTS

—1 cup unsalted butter, softened
—3 1/2- 4 cups powdered sugar
—1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
—2 tablespoons whole milk
—1/4 cup honey, or to taste

STEP BY STEP HONEY BUTTERCREAM DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter with a paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Turn the mixer to low, and gradually add in the remaining ingredients. Once incorporated, continue to mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Adjust amounts for desired consistency and sweetness.
  3. Pipe icing onto cupcakes, and decorate as desired.

The hand-painted cupcake liners were inspired by this beautiful tutorial by Hey There, Cupcake.

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What sweet flavors do you most enjoy once the warm weather arrives?

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    • Aviva

      These are beautiful, the only problem I see is the “Apricot” is missing from the recipe! Pinned already should I change name? :)

    • Shelley

      Ditto to Aviva