Making blood orange cupcakes is my favorite way to use fresh blood oranges. I start with a cake mix and bump up the flavor with essential oil. No one knows these cupcakes are not from scratch. —Monica Chadha, Fremont, California,
- 4 medium blood oranges
- 1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
- 1 package orange cake mix (regular size)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 to 4 drops orange oil, optional
- Creme fraiche or sour cream, optional
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Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line 24 muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Cut a thin slice from the top and bottom of each orange; stand orange upright on a cutting board. With a knife, cut off peel and outer membrane from orange. Thinly slice oranges; trim to fit muffin cups. Place 1 slice in each cup; top with cranberry sauce. Bake 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, olive oil, eggs and orange oil, if desired; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Remove pans from oven; fill with prepared batter.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Remove liners; serve with creme fraiche, if desired.
1 cupcake: 130 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.