Orange Creamsicles have always been one of my favorite frozen novelties. What if I told you, that you could enjoy the same creamy citrus delight, sans brain freeze? Would you be excited? Well I was excited to make this treat to accompany the root beer float cupcakes.
2 1/4 cups plain cake flour
1 cup milk, room temp
6 large egg whites (When recipes call for a large amount of egg whites, I try to reduce waste by buying a small carton of egg whites/egg beaters, that are found in the egg section of the grocery store)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 tbs unsalted butter, cool but softened
orange food coloring (I used gels, and the corresponding directions to create orange that was recommended on the packaging)
Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbs orange extract
To prepare cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350° and line muffin tin with liners (24).
- In a large liquid measuring cup, mix egg whites, milk, and vanilla together with a fork.
- In your stand mixer bowl, add the dry ingredients; cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Once combined slowly add in the softened butter on low speed, until no dry mixture remains.
- Combine milk/egg mixture to the stand mixer and mix at medium speed until smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl as necessary.
- Once you have a smooth batter, begin adding the orange food coloring, until you have your desired shade of orange. (I really wanted them to pop, so I added quite a bit to end up with the rich orange.)
- Fill lined muffin tins with the mixture approximately 1/2 full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before frosting
To prepare frosting:
- In a stand mixer using paddel attachment mix cream cheese and butter together.
- Slowly incorporate powdered sugar.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Add orange extract. (Again, this can be to taste. Add additional extract until you get the desired level of orange flavor)