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Friday Food: Celebration Cupcakes

C cupcakeThis week we have an actual reason for being late with Friday Food: Peri was not very well at all, and so we had to go to the vet and see Dr Rob and she has some special painkillers to make her feel well. Gilly has been taking extra care and cleaning Peri's ears! We had a phone call yesterday to say that her blood test was good, better than last time. Dr David and I agreed that she just had a "thing" and left it at that for a fortnight. Of course, when I am upset or worried I usually bake.

I have been looking at the recipe for Celebration Cupcakes on the back of the CSR Caster Sugar packet for years. This was to be their moment in the sun. And a very good shining moment it was too: a deliciously moist cupcake, with white choc bits, orange zest and an orangey icing. Perfect.

I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out so well I even tasted one, or three. Though I shouldn't. They are moreish. The mixture made 21 cupcakes, with the papers filled 2/3 full and there was just the right amount of icing too. I am picturing these made with lemon zest and fresh peaches, blueberries or raspberries.


Celebration Cupcakes    makes 20

  • 165g butter, cubed and softened
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly whipped
  • 125g sour cream
  • 185g self raising flour
  • zest of an orange
  • 125g white choc bits

For the icing

  • 90g butter
  • 180g pure icing sugar
  • orange juice from the zested orange


Preheat the oven to 190*C or 170*C fan-forced. Put the paper cases into the cupcake tray.

Creaming add eggs

I like to just soften the butter and warm the sugar as the oven heats up, I wasn't paying attention and some cubes melted. I have been reading that softening butter in the microwave changes the texture or something like that, so I am avoiding it a little more. Anyway, you should (apparently) be able to easily push your finger into the butter, and it is then officially softened. Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and pale, maybe 4-5 minutes. Then add the lightly whipped eggs and beat till thoroughly combined.

Add sour cream

Mix in the sour cream. It makes a nice light batter.

Flour choc zest

Add the zest of an orange and the flour and choc bits and fold through till no streaks of flour remain.

And bake

Fill the cupcake papers 2/3 full, I made 21 little cakes, and then bake for 15-18 minutes. I found it took 20 minutes for my cakes and they did not brown on top terribly much. They did spring back when touched on the top, and come away from the side of the pan. Cool on a rack and do not ice until cold.


To make the icing, I slightly melted the butter, added the fresh orange juice and then mixed in the icing sugar with a spoon. I liked the icing better when I let it set and whisked it with a fork and it went a nice pale colour, but you could also use it runny. Add a little extra juice or icing sugar till you have an icing you like. These are probably best eaten within a few days as they are quite moist and in a warm climate might benefit from being kept in the fridge!!

Celebration cupcakes



Feel better, Peri!
Those look yummy. After apple picking I made some apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They must have been healthy since they contained apples, right?


Ah, poor Peri! But I'm glad the blood test was good news!!!

We have drama here as well. Maggie has Spondylosis in the middle of her back. So she can't move as she should, and is on Prednisone for now. Can't be cured, so we make her comfortable as possible.

Happy needs x-ray tomorrow morning. He's been limping, and it has gotten worse. He's on Metacam pain killer since Friday. We'll see what the x-rays say tomorrow. My poor boy. Only six years old.
Only Denny is O.K. at the moment. Of course he had to go and eat the yellow part of my kitchen sponge, at least he left the green, rough part uneaten. Sigh.

All the best to you all!


Thank goodness Peri had just a thing and is better. I think I would need a bigger pantry if I baked when I was worried about something. Your cupcakes look delicious.


I hope Peri is feeling better. These cakes look delish.

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