Monday, 17 November 2014

Girly Baby Shower Themed Orange Chiffon Cupcakes

This is part of a big project with Susanne that we took on together. She made a bigger cake with some cupcakes and I made the bulk of the cupcakes. Presenting my batch of girly chiffon cupcakes for a baby shower!

Girly pram, romper and sippy cup!

You only see 3 cuppies here but I made 59 of these. Why the odd number? Hmm not enough cake for decoration. Haha. But 59 was already pretty involved work for me! The cupcakes are orange flavoured with vanilla layer cakes for the girly decorations.

Recipe for orange cupcakes
Ingredients (makes 22-24 small cupcakes):
4 egg yolks
20g caster sugar
56g canola oil (or vegetable oil)
56g fresh orange juice
11g orange zest
1/4 tsp orange emulco (optional)
80g cake flour
1/8 tsp salt

5 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
60g caster sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the paper cups on a tray.

2. Prepare the egg yolk batter. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and all the sugar has dissolved. Take a few minutes to do this. Add oil and whisk until thick like mayonnaise. Add orange juice and whisk until well combined. Gradually whisk in sifted flour and salt until no trace of flour is seen. Add orange zest and emulco. Whisk until well combined.

3. Prepare the meringue. In a clean metal bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy with electric mixer. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

4. Fold the meringue into the egg yolk batter in three additions. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites. Transfer batter into a batter dispenser or piping bag. Fill the cups till about less than 1cm away from the rim. I used a jumbo ziplock bag fitted with a piping tip adapter to help with filling many cups quickly. If you have a batter dispenser it will be helpful but not necessary. Scooping the batter in would take too much time to fill the cups if you are baking more than 20 cupcakes in each batch.

5. Bake at second lower rack for 17-20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

My dad sampled an orange cuppy and said it reminds him of cakes he ate when he was young! I think it's because natural ingredients are used and it's so full of natural orange goodness. Don't skimp on the orange zest for really good flavour and added moisture!

Recipe for vanilla layer cakes*
Ingredients (makes one 10" & one 6" square tray):
2 egg yolks
10g caster sugar
28g oil
28g water
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
40g cake flour
A pinch of salt
Gel food colouring
Charcoal powder

3 egg whites
1/5 tsp cream of tartar
33g caster sugar

* I had to bake many rounds of layer cake.
Light pink: two 10" square and four 6" square cakes
White: two 10" and one 6" cakes
Dark pink: one 10" cake
Black: one 6" cake

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line the trays eith baking sheet.

2. Follow the above steps to prepare the batter, adding the appropriate gel coloring/ charcoal after the flour is whisked in.

3. Bake at 160°C for 13-14 minutes. Immediately remove from pan and cool with baking sheet covering it. You may freeze the cakes after double wrapping with cling wrap and stored in ziplock bag.

I used cookie cutters and a small fruit knife to cut out the various shapes from the layer cakes. I used marshmellow creme to glue the pieces on.

Works in progress!

As the cakes have to be left out in the open for a couple of hours, I brushed the surface with simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water) flavoured with orange zest before storing them in airtight container.

Here's our big project on a tiered cake stand :).

With love,
Phay Shing


  1. Hi Phay Shing,
    Very nice cupcake, love it :)
    Can check if I dun have so much orange zest, what can I replace with or can omit?
    Thanks Kelly

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Just use how much orange zest you have and top up the rest of the weight with juice :). Sorry for late reply! If you totally omit zest cake will just be a bit drier and have a less strong orange flavour

  2. Hi Phay Shing
    These cupcakes look so yummy n pretty... U n Susanne are so creative..
    Can I check w you on the proportion of the meringue if I want to make a 10" pink n 6" black. How u divide them?


    1. Thanks Kelly :)
      The ratio of batter or meringue should be 1:3 for 6":10" square tray. You can do the precise measurement by weight or what I do is use a ladle or big spoon to scoop one or three spoonfuls during each addtion of meringue into the egg yolk batters. Have to work fast folding in the meringue so I prefer using the ladle method.

    2. Hi Phay Shing
      Tried ur cupcake and the iced gems yesterday for my friend's bb full and everyone was saying very pretty ... thank u for the receipe...