I love cupcakes because they give you the possibility to decorate each and every one of them in a different, unique, way. I always decorate them with the help of my kids, and I have to admit that most of the time they are more creative than I am :-)
A few days ago I decided to try a basic orange cake recipe, but with a variation. I wanted to add in the cake mixture a Greek touch. Masticha was the 1st thing that came in my mind. I searched through my cupboards and I found a small wooden box I bought from Crete last April, while we were there for a wedding. In the box I found masticha!!! The magic ingredient as I call it. But that was not enough for my cupcakes so, I opened the fridge and there was a bottle of masticha liqueur.
The next thought was olive oil. So I thought I will replace butter with olive oil, and there was my Greek Cup Cakes recipe!!
(At the end of this post I will link my recipe to Kopiaste.org where you can find details about Greek Masticha.)
The Recipe for eighteen cupcakes goes as follows:
130gr orange puree
100gr Greek extra virgin olive oil
100gr caster sugar
100gr light brown sugar
250gr all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
20gr of masticha liqueur
5gr of masticha powder
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC (340ºF).
2) Mix orange puree* and olive oil.
3) Whisk eggs and sugars until light and fluffy.
4) With a wooden spoon combine (1) and (2) above.
5) Sift flour, baking powder and masticha powder together; add it in the orange mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
6) Fill the cupcake pan with the mixture (1/2 each)
7) Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes.
* Boil the orange in a casserole full of water for 1 hour; remove orange seeds and mash.
You can decorate them in any way you like. The ones I have here were decorated with Swiss meringue butter cream, with a touch of red food color. My kids are responsible for the rest!!!
Details about Greek Masticha can be found in Kopiaste.