Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MSC: Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Candied Oranges
It has been a long time since I baked in the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club, but when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. It required two things that I have never worked with before -- candying citrus and vanilla beans. For some reason, I have always had a fear of vanilla beans, but they are much less scary than I thought! I don't know if I got all the seeds out, but it was not that hard to slit it and scrape the seeds out (and I put the rest of the pod into some vodka and am making homemade vanilla extract, which I will post about in a month when it is done). Now, for candying citrus. All you do is make some simple syrup (water and sugar) and float the orange slices in it and 20-30 minutes later -- candied orange slices. I haven't tried to eat one, but they smelled so delicious that I am sure they will be good.
I joined this baking group both to try new baking skills and also to try my hand at some decorating. These candied orange slices are so pretty and so easy and I am glad I learned this trick for decorating future baked goods. If you want your house to smell amazing, I would highly recommend baking these cupcakes. The combination of the orange and the strong vanilla bean was heavenly! Thanks to Jamie from Cookin' with Moxie for a choice that allowed me to expand my baking horizons!