Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Goooooood morning and happy Monday!

I think that’s all the energy I have in me. I have been non-stop for an hour and a half already – it’s only 8:30 a.m.! Oh boy.


Lots of fun meals this week, so stay tuned. I finally have a good appetite back, so I’m pumped to cook again! Also, Matt cleaned the kitchen last night out of frustration with computer problems. I’m so glad to be dating someone that cleans out of frustration :)

Matt and I were talking yesterday about last week, when I wasn’t feeling great and didn’t cook at all. We both noticed how very different we felt eating more processed foods, more quick foods, and less natural, home-cooked meals. Neither of us ate anything too bad, but we made more meals from a box and went out a bit more. We ate less fruits/veggies, less super foods…
…and we both felt like crap!
We decided that you might not notice how you feel when you first start eating really well, but go back to crappy eating for a week and you’ll definitely notice it! It’s such a gradual change that it’s hard to see without comparison.
We’re back on the good-eating train this week! Hope you can join us! :)
In honor of Matt’s brother’s birthday, and in honor of citrus because I love it, I made Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes this weekend! They were great, really. I’ve been craving fruity sweets, so this hit the spot. I used a recipe from Woman’s Day and my ingredients included:
Ÿ      1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
Ÿ      1 ½ cups sugar
Ÿ      2 tsp baking powder
Ÿ      2 tsp vanilla
Ÿ      4 large eggs
Ÿ      2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Ÿ      ½ cup milk
Ÿ      ½ cup OJ
Ÿ      2 tsp grated orange zest
Ÿ      1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
Ÿ      ½ cup powdered sugar
Ÿ      1 tbsp grated orange zest
Ÿ      Shredded coconut, for topping


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With your oven at 350 degrees, prep your muffin tin. I decided to make some regular and some mini (see below for the mini). Beat together your butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, OJ, and zest in a large bowl. I used a hand-held mixer for about 3 minutes. Add your eggs one at a time, beating after each. On low, beat in flour in 3 parts, alternating with the milk in 2 parts, just until blended. Spoon evenly into muffin cups, about 2/3 full. 

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Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes for regular, 12-15 minutes for mini’s. While they’re baking, you can prepare your frosting. I found I had to add more sugar than the recipe called for to make the frosting thick enough, but you can kind of judge on your own. Beat the cream, sugar, and zest together until a soft peak forms. 

Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting. Enjoy the scent of orange cake in your kitchen! I topped mine with coconut. YUM!

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I had to eat one right away, of course. 

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I used this silicone pan for the minis. They turned out a bit hard, actually. I think I just cooked them for too long. Still yummy though! I got a bit creative with the frosting :)

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Perfect bite-sized!

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There’s just something about baking that is completely different than cooking for me. I enjoy it, but I think I like cooking more honestly. Maybe it’s because of the guilt associated with eating too many baked goods? 


Have a great Monday!


Question: Do you notice a difference in the way you feel when you eat certain foods? What about when you switch overall diets? Tell me!

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Comments

  1. Those cupcakes are SO adorable!!

    I’m not much of a baker at all – mostly because I don’t trust myself having a whole batch of any baked good in the house!

  2. I’ve never really completely/overall switched my diet, but we don’t eat out that often so when we travel I tend to realize how crappy I feel for a day or two after we get home…even while traveling we don’t eat a lot of fast food, per se, but it’s still different from what we eat at home and ends with us feeling a bit blah.

  3. Mmm those look delicious! I have some coconut-macadamia nut muffins planned for the menu this week :)

    I haven’t noticed changes in how I feel so much with food but I definitely feel it if I don’t have my morning cup of chai due to caffeine withdrawals :(

    Hope you are having a great Monday!

  4. I hate when we get in the habit of going out to eat too much. It makes me feel very blaaah and then I feel worse for stending the $$.

  5. Hahaha I love the creative frosting! Too cute.

  6. omg i posted about my cupcakes today too!!I have to make more for a work party tomorrow and can’t decide which ones- maybe Ill try yours!
    yummy and adorable!

  7. these look delightful! orange creamsicle in a cupcake? i can’t even imagine!!

  8. I do find that I feel different if I eat poorly for a while.

    I do eat take out food less than I used to, so I think that’s why I notice now. The last time I felt like that was when I went to Florida. In Canada, we just don’t have as many products available at the grocery store, so I go crazy when I’m over the border.

    As such, I eat a lot more processed foods and a lot less homemade food. I always feel bloated and gross!

  9. Processed and fast foods make me feel gross and bloated and lethargic too. It’s a complete 180 when I eat healthy.

    - Vanessa
    Project Zen

  10. I had to start a healthy diet about a year ago due to some medical issues. Anyway, for the most part I stick to high-fiber, low-fat, low-sodium, organic, whole foods. But of course there are those days/weeks when I revert back to the easy lifestyle of fast foods and processed junk. Anyway, it doesn’t take long before my body starts feeling all wrong…….its a complete 180 from the me that practices healthy eating. I would have to say that a healthy eating lifestyle really has changed my life because I feel better and better about myself.

  11. @Beth – That’s a big reason I don’t bake often either!

    @Tara – It’s really hard for me to travel and eat well. I need to do better!

    @KT – Those muffins sound great!

    @Laura – Yeah the money makes me feel super guilty. I love eating out though, so it’s a struggle!

    @MegSmith – Thanks!

    @Laural – You should def try them!

    @Natalie – Yes, I think I got a bit burnt out on orange after smelling (and eating) these all day!

    @Jackie – I have heard it’s harder to find a lot of products on Canada. Have you tried looking around on Amazon for things? We’ve bought plenty of food on Amazon before!

    @Vanessa – Yeah it’s a huge difference

    @LadyDi – Agreed completely!

  12. I have definitely felt a difference when I eat too many processed foods and always try to avoid them whenever possible. Obviously this is much easier said than done and there are just certain evenings when I don’t feel like cooking up a big feast. But I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to try and avoid eating out as much as possible.

    OMG, how cute are you?! These cupcakes look adorable. Great. Now I want sweets and my sunflowers seeds just aren’t cutting it!

    Hope you’re having a great week, girl!

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