July 5, 2011

Vanilla Orange Cupcakes in a Jar - a guest post from Glorious Treats!

I am so excited for today's guest post!  
Glory from Glorious Treats is sharing some pure sweetness with you!
I met Glory at the Wilton Workshop we attended a few weeks back.
It was great fun to meet her and I was slightly in awe because she went to an Oprah final season show...so I felt like I was THIS close to Oprah...you know, scrap that I might as well tell people I met Oprah.
Right?  Isn't there like a 6 degrees of separation thing?
Ok, forget it...I didn't meet Oprah, but I did meet Glory and she is way talented and has a really pretty blog and is super tall too...
and I'm not sure that Oprah could make cupcakes as pretty as Glory does, so forget I mentioned Oprah...today it's all about Glory :)
Hi Cookies and Cups readers!  It's Glory of Glorious Treats here with a sweet post to keep your sugar levels up while Shelly is away for a few days.  I was lucky enough to spend a couple days with Shelly at a recent blogger's workshop, and I can assure you that she is every bit as cute and sweet as the things she bakes!
Now for the treat I've prepared for you.... 
I've been a bit obsessed with cupcakes in a jar recently (as you can see here and here), and I thought it would be a delicious summer treat to take Vanilla-Orange cupcakes, layer them with orange cream cheese frosting and marshmallow fluff and... Voila!  Orange Dreamsicle cupcakes in a jar!  
Ready to make some?
You'll need...
Vanilla-Orange Cupcakes
1 box of vanilla cake mix
Prepare as directed, but substitute 1/4 cup of the water for 1/4 cup orange juice
also add, 1 teaspoon orange extract
and 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 drop orange food coloring (optional).
Bake as directed in paper cupcake liners.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (either unsalted or salted)
1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice or heavy cream
Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth.  Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.  Add salt (as needed), powdered sugar (one cup at a time), extracts, orange zest and juice or cream.  Continue to beat 1-2 additional minutes until fully combined, and nice and fluffy.  In warm weather, place frosting in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up before piping.
You'll also need 1 jar (8oz) Marshmallow Cream (or Fluff)
Jars to put the cupcakes in (I use 1/2 pint canning jars I bought in a case from Walmart)

Assembly...
Cut cooled cupcakes in half (horizontally)
Fill large 2 large piping bags (or even large ziplock bags), one with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, one with Marshmallow Fluff.
Put one cupcake half in the bottom of a jar.
Pipe a layer of Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
Add another cupcake half.
Pipe on a layer of Marshmallow Fluff.
Add another cupcake half.
Top with a swirl of Orange Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkles (if desired).
Enjoy immediately, or cover jars and keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
Recipe Source-  Glorious Treats

This recipe could certainly be used to make regular cupcakes (not in a jar) as well.  Simply cut out a hole in the center of a baked and cooled cupcake, add a spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff, and top with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.

Thanks so much Shelly for trusting me with your sweet readers! 
For more sweet recipes, pretty desserts, parties and crafts, please visit me on my blog, Glorious Treats.
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Thanks Glory!  Hope you guys had a great holiday weekend!

25 comments:

SprinkleBakes said...

Beautifully presented! I love it. :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These are adorable!

Paula..SweetHarts Cakes and Bakes said...

I love this idea...so creative!

Mommy Hates Cooking said...

These look so good!! I agree...you met Oprah!!! lol

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

these look and I am sure taste heavenly...presentation is lovely!

TidyMom said...

YUM!! one of my favorite flavor combos

Kristan said...

Love dreamsicle!! This is perfect. And just as cute as the two of you!!

Love you both!! xoxo

KitchenTherapy said...

they look amazing, the presentation is perfect

Vimitha Anand said...

Wow... they look so tempting and beautiful...

Jennifurla said...

Great post, off to check out your blog!

Steph@PlainChicken.com said...

These cupcakes look great! I love vanilla and orange together. Can't wait to try them!

Kim Bee said...

These look delicious and I have the added bonus of finding a fab new blog to follow. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the link to your friend`s blog. Happy I stopped by. Now I need to make a trip to walmart.lol

Ann said...

Just beautiful! Who wouldn't love them? Orange cupcakes during the summer - pure heaven!

Arlene (CO Kid) said...

JOY!!!! So glad you shared!

Carla said...

Summer in a jar, yum yum!

Off topic - do you have a studio set up for your pictures? I'm debating on buying a mini tabletop studio.

myovenandme said...

Dreamy goodness...

Sue said...

These sound so good, and are really cute too! I need to jump on the "baked in a jar" bandwagon!

Faith said...

These are so pretty! And I love the vanilla/orange flavor combo...just like a creamsicle!

Joy said...

That is so cool.

BreAna @ Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced said...

What a fabulous idea! I love dreamsicles. Can't wait to try this recipe!

Raina said...

Very cute! Great flavors, love the orange and cream cheese and marshmallow...yum!

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

This is one of the prettiest desserts in a jar that I've ever seen!

cookies and cups said...

Carla ~ Glory took these pictures, so I won't speak for her, but I will tell you what I use...
I use natural light and construction paper ;)
I know that sounds super high tech, but it is what works best for me.
I have a lightbox that I use when I have to take pictures at night, you can get them on amazon for relatively inexpensive..

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

Oh HOLY WOW! These sound and look AMAZING! I'm making Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes myself this weekend, and was looking for some inspiration....THANK YOU! Anything with Marshmallow Fluff is automatically better in my book ;)

Anonymous said...

I made these and they were delicious! Though the frosting was on the sweeter side. I didn't put it in a jar, but with the marshmallow fluff it was too sweet for me so I left that out. Other than that it was amazing! The frosting tasted like a orange cream. :)

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