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Orange Crush Soda Cupcakes

Greetings from Lisa Keys from Good Grief Cook. I’m here today as a guest blogger, but before I share my recipe, for Orange Crush Soda Cupcakes, I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself. I have been an award-winning self-taught home cook since 1990, when I began entering recipe contests. Recently, I became a Food Network CHOPPED Champion, here today as a guest blogger.

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I started my blog, Good Grief Cook after losing my son William in an accident in 2011, to follow in his light and share my thoughts about life, love and the healing power of food. Cooking and baking are very therapeutic for me. Since I started Good Grief Cook, I’ve been able to celebrate my son in a most unique way, with recipes inspired by the places I’ve been and the people I love.

Speaking of love, here comes Valentine’s Day. It is one of those love-hate holidays for most. Hopefully, you have a “crush” on someone and here is a simple way to show it.

Buy a can of Orange Crush soda and with a Sharpie, pen a sweet message on the can. Then…..print out this recipe and give it to them so they can bake you these cupcakes.

I prefer baking from scratch and cooking with seasonal ingredients. During the winter months citrus is at its peak. Oranges are hands down one of the best ways to add a fresh and zesty spin to cupcakes.

Using all parts of the orange (zest, juice and fresh slices) add up to one fun and refreshing treat.

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Orange Crush Soda Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup orange Crush soda
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 drops orange oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • Touch of orange food coloring

Instructions

  1. To make the cupcakes: Heat oven 350F. Line cupcake tin with paper liners. Cream butter, sugar, zest and orange oil with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time beating until well incorporated. Mix flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Gradually add in dry ingredients alternating with orange soda, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat one minute until all is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared liners filling ¾ full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and frost.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat all ingredients together adding just enough orange juice to make a fluffy frosting.

 

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Baking Conversion Charts

Converting recipes can be time-consuming and frustrating so I’ve decided to make for you these easy to follow, super cute Baking Conversion Charts!

Since living in Germany, I’ve been exploring European recipes and baking… most of which are in Metric measurements.  This can be tricky since most recipes in the United States use the Imperial measurement system.

Baking is not very forgiving. It is a science.  Estimating the measurements of an ingredient in a recipe spells disaster. While you can easily get away with a handful of this or that when you’re cooking dinner, even the slightest miscalculation could turn your soft-baked chocolate chip cookies into rocks.

 

Understanding the correct measuring technique for a particular ingredient will guarantee better baking results. Soft cookies, fluffy cakes, flaky crust!

Use these Baking Conversion Charts to help you ensure that your baking will be pure perfection!

Basic Ingredients Conversion Chart

The Basic Ingredients Conversion Chart below will help you convert basic baking ingredients such as flour, sugar and butter.  We’ve also included powdered sugar and heavy cream since those are both used in many frosting recipes.

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Download & Print the Baking Conversion Chart – Basic Ingredients

Measurements & Temperatures Conversion Chart

The Measurements & Temperatures Conversion Chart below is designed to help you with the rest of the ingredients in your recipe.  This easy to understand chart should make converting things like liquids and nuts or baking chips from Imperial to Metric.

We’ve also included a Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion to help with baking temperatures.

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Download & Print the Baking Conversion Chart – Measurements & Temperatures

Mini Printable Conversion Chart

Finally, we’ve got a Mini Printable Temperature Conversion Chart below for you to keep close to your oven!  You could easily attach this to a magnet at stick it to your stove top!

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Download & Print the Free Mini Temperature Conversion Chart

I really hope you get some great use out of these baking conversion charts!  A huge thank you goes out to the team who designers who made these charts possible!

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