I’m a bit obsessed with cupcakes lately!
There’s just something about a cupcake that seems to make everything all better – a long day at school, a tough day at work, kid drama… For a few small moments, the world slows down and everything seems good and right.
The real secret to an incredible cupcake is the flour – it makes a HUGE difference what type and brand of flour you use.
For the best quality, you should always choose flour that is unbleached and unbromated.
Bleaching is the process of adding chemicals to freshly milled flour to make it appear whiter. Really!? I’d rather have flour that’s not pure white and free of unnecessary chemicals thank you.
Potassium bromate is often added to flours to help “improve” the dough. Unfortunately lab tests have repeatedly shown that bromate causes cancer in lab animals which has prompted countries like the United Kingdom and Canada to ban the sale of bromated flours. Even California is on board. Why the hell the rest of the U.S. hasn’t followed suit is completely beyond me!
So do yourself a favor, spend the little bit of extra money to buy flour you know is safe for your family. It’s a very small price to pay!
King Arthur Flour has a huge line of exceptional flours, all of which are unbleached and unbromated. Their Cake Flour is the only unbleached cake flour on the market.
Even better, it produces the lightest and fluffiest cupcakes.
Who doesn’t love that!?
King Arthur flours are readily available in markets across the country and can also be ordered directly from their website, along with about 1,000 other cool things. Or maybe you’ll even win some! Details are below so keep reading.
In the meantime, have a cupcake! Or two… I won’t judge!
6 oz. butter, melted
1 c. + 2 tbs. King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour
½ c. + 2 tbs. sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tbs. orange zest
¼ c. vanilla Greek yogurt*
1 tbs. orange juice
2 large eggs
4 tbs. unsalted butter
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ tsp. orange juice
1-2 tbs. milk
3-4 drops Orange Soft Gel Paste Food Color
Melt the butter and set aside until it starts to solidify again. You want it still pourable but not still totally melted.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. With the mixer on low, gradually add the butter and yogurt.
Add orange juice and eggs, one at a time. Mix only until combined to make sure that the cupcakes stay light and fluffy.
Fill prepared muffin cups two-thirds full of batter. Bake 18-21 minutes until light and fluffy or a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool in pan 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add orange juice and then the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth and creamy, should be around 1 ½ tablespoons.
Once cupcakes are cooled, spread cupcakes with frosting or frost using a #30 piping tip.
You can certainly substitute sour cream or even heavy cream or buttermilk in this recipe. I just prefer the yogurt because the slight acidity and tartness balance out the sweetness really well.
Want to try some King Arthur Flour for yourself?
King Arthur Flour is giving a lucky friend of The Three Little Piglets a gift pack including Unbleached Cake Flour Blend, Petal Cupcake Wrappers, and a Dough Whisk.
How to Enter
Head on over to King Arthur Flour and check out their amazing recipe collection. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me which recipe you’d most like to try. (Simply muffins won’t work! Be specific.)
You have until Friday, May 11th, 12 midnight EST to enter this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.
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*This giveaway is sponsored by King Arthur Flour. I was in no way compensated for this post; I am just a fan of their products and was more than happy to share to the love!