These delicious brandy with a zest of ornage flavor is recommended for adults only! These cupcakes would be ideal on a cold winter night or for anyone who really enjoys brandy.
For the cupcakes:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp. Armagnac
For the frosting:
- 1 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp. orange extract
- 1 1/2 tbsp. grated orange zest
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Place 18 paper baking cups in muffin pans. Combine all the cupcake ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the batter into the cups.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove pans from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Pierce some holes in the tops of the cupcakes with a skewer and pour 1/2 tablespoon Armagnac over each. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.
To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners sugar for 1 to 2 minutes, then beat in the orange extract and zest until smooth and light. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes.
Store unfrosted for up to 2 days in an airtight container, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen