Happy New Year! Mimosa anyone?

Hello friends! I am so sorry I have been MIA the past month! Christmas was insanely busy!! I’m so regretting not having enough time to post any awesome Christmas cupcakes for you guys, so here are some cupcakes that will for sure start your New Year off right =]

So last year I did a Mimosa cupcake for New Year’s as well, but this year I made a couple changes! And they are even better than they were before! And Dylan and I took even better pictures! Wana see?


I LOVE sparklers =]

Want some recipes?

Orange-Scented Cupcakes
-makes about 20

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed!)
zest from 2 oranges

1. Preheat oven to 350, prepare cupcake pan with liners. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. Add eggs one at a time. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl.
3. Add orange zest, orange juice and milk. Then add dry ingredients, mix until just combined.
4. Fill liner 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Butter and sugar!


Fresh oranges from my grandma’s tree!


Flour, salt, baking powder, and orange zest. only 1/2 cup orange juice, imagine another 1/2 though =]


Ready for the oven.


Whenever I try baking with Champagne it is always very finicky. I’m guessing something to do with the carbonation or the alcohol. But things just don’t turn out the way I want them to; cupcakes don’t rise, frosting is too liquidy, etc. So I was at my local cake store and saw this!


Perfect solution! I didn’t end up using any of the Champagne oil in the cake, saved it for the frosting!


Champagne-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
zest from 1 orange
1/2 bottle Champagne oil, or 2 tablespoons Champagne

1. Cream butter and cream cheese until combined and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, to taste.
2. Add orange zest and champagne. Mix until combined. Frost the cooled cupcakes!

At this point the whole house smelled of sweet citrus, so yummy.


I took a box of these guys for a holiday get-together at my uncles house, so fun!


The leftover cupcakes from this batch stayed home, patiently awaiting mine and Dylan’s arrival, so we could play with some sparklers!! =] We took these photos out in my front courtyard, at 10:30 at night, in dense fog! So fun.


From all of us at hollicakes, we wish you a very Happy New Year! See you in 2012 for some yummy birthday cupcakes coming up!