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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • tayloro1
    May 25, 2010

    They were very moist, the grand kids really enjoyed them. next I will try the Orange Date Cupcakes.

  • medway1488
    Mar 9, 2009

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  • gdsanich
    Mar 9, 2009

    I wasnt too sure about these the day I made them, but the next day they were great. They were not overly sweet which I liked. My whole familey liked them.

  • wallaceandgromet
    Mar 9, 2009

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