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Orange Date Cupcakes

 Orange Date Cupcakes
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
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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 peel.
  • 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

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Orange Date Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 233 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 151 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.