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Orange Date Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

The perfect pairing of oranges and dates is made even better with this silky smooth cream cheese frosting. For an added touch, decorate each cupcake with a jellied orange slice. —Lynn Hollingsworth, Ada, Oklahoma

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons whole milk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in dates and orange zest.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and extract; beat until smooth. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 233 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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