March 17, 2013

Orange Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Eat more orange! 

One of the ways people distinguish food groups is by color. The five food color groups – white, red, green, blue, and orange – summarize what their ‘members’ bring to you in terms of nutrition.  I associate the orange group with winter time as it is when juicy clementines crowd the supermarket shelves and yams finally make it to German groceries. On cold winter days like today, I love bursting out the orange buddies in my kitchen. What is in an orange food group, you might ask? It includes all the wonderful fruits like oranges and lemons, cumquats and yellow apples, cantaloupe, peaches, papaya, but also veggies like winter squash, carrots, pumpkin and yams. All things orange! This group is rich in Vitamin A and C, beta-carotenes, and does all sorts of good for strengthening your immune system. Above all – it’s tasty and pleasant to look at. I think of it as little rays of sun, so dearly missed when the days are short, the nights are long, and the warmth is to be longed for. 

Little rays of sun shone in my kitchen today – and the recipe was too sweet not to share. It’s my slight tweak of William Sonoma carrot cupcakes. After my Sweeter Half and I did ‘taste tests’ on them this afternoon, half of them magically disappeared. They are moist, rich with orange flavor and fluffy. I hope you'll enjoy them just as much. Bon Appétit! 

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