Friday, July 6, 2012

Orange Soda-Pop Cupcakes




Growing up, my mom always made us orange soda-pop cupcakes. I never knew why they were called what they were called or what the little creamy white stuff was in the center of the cupcake, but I didn't care! I was a kid and all I knew was that they were flippin delish!

I asked my mom for the recipe not long ago and she told me she got it from the side of a Bisquick box when I was a little kid. Turns out, the cupcakes got the name because there is actually orange soda in the recipe. As for the creamy white stuff, that is a cheesecake center!

This A.M. I am happy to share the recipe with you. Orange you glad I didn't make rice cakes?

P.S. I beefed up the frosting recipe a bit, the original was a little thin. I also doubled the cheesecake center. Who doesn't love more cheesecake?



Orange Soda-Pop Cupcakes

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 1/3 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup orange soda

Cream Cheese Center

6 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons Bisquick
2 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup sugar

Frosting

1/2 cup butter , room temperature but still cool
8 oz. cream cheese directly from fridge
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
3 drops red food coloring
9 drops yellow food coloring


Heat oven to 350.

For the cupcakes beat everything but the Bisquick and the orange soda in large mixing bowl. Stir in the Bisquick, then stir in the orange soda. In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese center. Line your cupcake pan and fill cups about halfway with cupcake mixture. Evenly drop in cream cheese mixture in each cup. Bake for about 20 minutes.

For the frosting, in a large mixing bowl blend butter slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, then add vanilla extract and powdered sugar, mix on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy. Add the heavy cream, beat well. Finally, add the food coloring and on medium speed mix until combined or as I did, don't completely mix it so you have a little swirl action going on!

Top cupcakes with frosting once they have completely cooled.




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