Thursday, July 2, 2009

Paula Dean Orange Brownies (Cupcakes)

At work we make a birthday cake and bring a card for the person who has a birthday after us. It was my turn this month and the only thing I remember her saying about cakes was she liked dense (fruitcake-like) dessert. I also know she eats a ton of fruit so I chose the Orange Brownie recipe from Paula Dean, available on The batter was very tasty, definitely a brownie as there was more dry ingredient than wet. I baked them in a cupcake pan for 20 min at 350*, but they got a bit darker than I would have liked. The cake inside was very moist but I wish I had taken them out a couple of minutes earlier. The little guy in the back was leftover batter I decided to make myself a little "tester cupcake." The icing was a mixture of cream cheese, butter, orange zest and orange juice with confectioner's sugar. It wasn't thick enough to pipe out of a pastry bag so I basically had to slather it on with a spatula. The consistency was similar to cinnamon roll icing. The end result was very tasty and I will make them again, probably in a brownie pan - cupcakes were less messy for a work dessert but I hated the July 4 liners, it was a little tacky for a birthday but they were the only ones Target had for sale. I love Paula Dean and this recipe did not disappoint.

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