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Orange and Poppyseed Cupcake Recipe

Orange and poppyseed are a classic combination in these lusciously simple, tangy cupcakes.  The luxuriously creamy macarpone topping adds just the right edge of indulgence to the delicate citrus sponge speckled with tiny black poppyseeds.  You might even convince yourself that these were fruity enough to have for breakfast!


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • finely grated peel of 1 unwaxed orange
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time.  Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the orange peel and poppyseeds.

Spoon the mixture into the paper liners and bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To decorate:

  • 2 oranges
  • 8 oz. mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted

To decorate, finely grate the peel from one of the oranges and set the peel aside.  Put both the oranges on a cutting board and slice off the peel from the second orange and the white pith from both oranges.  Cut between the membranes to remove the orange segments, then set aside.

Put the mascarpone, sugar, and reserved orange peel in a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy.  Swirl the frosting on top of the cupcakes, then decorate with orange segments.

makes 12

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