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These delightful cupcakes are full of orange flavor, especially from the orange-flecked icing. Take the time to grate fresh orange zest—it’s worth it.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup orange juice
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled, divided use
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar
2 large oranges

1. Cupcakes Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with 24 paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Beat in eggs, milk, orange juice, ½ cup melted butter and vanilla until smooth.

3. Divide batter among prepared liners, filling about halfway. Bake 25–30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Icing Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. Zest the oranges and add to the sugar. Halve the oranges and juice to get 1/4 to 1/3 cup juice, removing seeds. Add juice and remaining 1/4 cup melted butter to the sugar and whisk ingredients until completely blended and smooth. Dip cupcakes in icing and return to wire rack until set.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

February 2023 Recipe Contest