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Testing, testing, retesting. Oh my gosh! I’m in serious trouble. I just emerged from a what may have been a mild sugar coma and I’m already at it again. Baking treats, that is. What has come over me? Must be a hormonal meltdown. What else could explain my sudden obsession with sweets. I’m out to single-handedly prove that gluten-free desserts rival the best that wheat has to offer. Better even!

So here’s another one, and quite tasty I might add.

what you need
• 1-3/4 cup Pamela’s Baking Mix
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 4 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter spread, melted
• 1 teaspoon orange extract
• 3/4 cup orange marmalade jam (I used almost a whole jar of St. Dalfour Orange Marmalade, which is 10 ounces. I reserved a small amount, maybe 2 tablespoons, for the frosting.*)
• 1/4 cup light coconut milk
• 1/3 cup nuts, optional (pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds)

what you do
• whisk flour, salt, and cinnamon together; set aside
• beat together butter, eggs, and orange extract
• add orange marmalade and coconut milk and mix well
• add dry ingredients and mix well (don’t over-mix, just until blended)
• fold in nuts
• bake in preheated 350º oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out smooth

*St. Dalfour Orange Marmalade isn’t too sweet and is full of chunky pieces of fruit. The jar says, “All natural 100% fruit conserves, sweetened only with grape juice concentrate. No added sugar.”

frosting (optional)
• 3/4 cup powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter spread, melted
• 1 to 2 tablespoons orange zest (microplane the orange peel, skip this if you don’t have an orange)
• the rest of the orange marmalade (about 2 tablespoons)
• 1 or 2 tablespoons hot water if needed
• mix all ingredients well and frost cupcakes

Next week’s posts will be all about whole, nutrient-dense foods; healthy herbs and spices; and NO baked goods, sweets, or sugar!

Signing off from the kitchen test center,
Melissa

2 Responses to “orange marmalade cupcakes”

  1. Carrie says:

    I made some similar orange cupcakes just recently! They were SO good! I think they are my favorite baked GF goodie thus far!! Great site!!

  2. Melissa says:

    Hi Carrie — I just went to visit your site and checked out all your wonderful recipes! Wow, glad you left a comment for me as I didn’t know you were out there. Nice to “meet” you.

    BTW, did you use orange marmalade in your cupcakes? I’ve used jam in GF breads before as well. It adds a delicate and moist texture to baked goods, especially things like breakfast breads. And you don’t need to add sugar because the jam is naturally sweet. It works well.

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