Sunday, 8 September 2013

orange pomelo cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

feels good to give :)

i made some cupcakes for a charity event yesterday at Kirtash charity home in Bukit Beruntung. Kirtash is a non-profit charity home for orphans, disabled children, and some old folks as well. the event was hosted by the Affin Management Programme trainees. 

at first i had chocolate in mind, as undoubtedly everyone loves chocolate. it's almost like a universal flavor. but then, orange suddenly popped into my mind. 

so i googled for recipes, and found this

and i immediately thought that this was a great recipe, and would be very lovely if paired with cream cheese. 

i was right :)

the cupcakes turned out really good, although was a tad messy i would say. heheh. because i kinda fell short of the frosting and had to make do with piping just a small amount of frosting onto the cupcakes... which inevitably revealed all the messiness on the surface of the cupcakes which i planned to cover with the frosting. but all went well. note that the cupcakes in the photos are the ones i piped extra frosting on.

i personally love the cupcakes. the flavor palette and the texture is just very nice. but the best thing out of making these cupcakes was that it made these kids happy. it felt really good when i was told that there was this one disabled boy, after eating the cupcake, asked who made the cupcakes. i was told that the boy wholeheartedly said ''this is really good''.

i mean, i feel flattered of course haha but to know that the boy really actually enjoyed the cupcakes i made, really is an awesome feeling. that's the thing about food. you can give some happiness to people with food :')

oh by the way, the recipe is actually for an orange cake. but since i accidentally bought orange pomelos instead, so i change the name to orange pomelo. teehee. it tasted just as great. and i tweaked the recipe a bit for cupcakes.

orange pomelo cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (recipe adapted from moroccanfood)

cupcakes (yields 30 cupcakes)

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange pomelo juice
  • zest from 1 or 2 orange pomelos
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • frosting
    • 500g cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup icing sugar
    • 2-3 tsp vanilla

    how to:

    • Preheat your oven to 180° C. 
    • With an electric mixer or by hand, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick. Gradually beat in the oil.
    • Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt, and then the orange juice. Beat until smooth, and then mix in the zest and vanilla.
    • Pour the batter into cupcake cups, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 7 to 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.

    • beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. 
    • add in vanilla and continue beating until smooth.

    *note that i made the frosting so that it would stand heat and warm temperature for the purpose of the event. always feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking (maybe adding some milk or more vanilla to the batter - will make the frosting less thick)

    i don't think there is a big difference between oranges and orange pomelos. heheh. anyhow, the cupcakes tasted awesome and i am very happy that i found this recipe. i hope you too :)

    baker at heart,


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