Thursday, December 26, 2013

Clementine Curd Filled Cupcakes and a Giveaway

The folks at Cuties were kind enough to send me five pounds of Cuties Clementines. They were also kind enough to send me a couple of coupons to be redeemed for five pounds of clementines which I would like to share with you!  Before we get to that though, let me tell you about these cupcakes.



Instead of just peeling and eating the Cuties (which are delicious) I thought I would try to use them in a more creative way.  The result was these cupcakes.  They are not the prettiest thing I have ever made, but by the time it came to icing and decorating them I was thoroughly exhausted.

I had to do the batter three times before getting it right (it was a snow day, and there was a steady stream of kids in and out of the house all day which kept distracting me).  The result was worth it though. The cupcakes were good. I don't always taste the stuff I bake as I really don't have much of a sweet tooth, but given the length of time it took to make them I made myself have one.  I know, I know, the hardship!



Now, on to the giveaway. Simply leave me a comment letting me know that you would like five pounds of Cuties. Please provide an email address so I can reach you if you win. I will randomly pick two winners on January 5th. Good luck!

Clementine Curd Filled Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
1 batch of this cupcake recipe (do not make the frosting)

For the Clementine Curd:
1 1/4 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice
1/2 cup cold water
1 3/4 cup + 3 tbsp organic cane sugar
4 tbsp corn starch
Zest of four clementines, divided
2 tbsp vegan butter
6 tbsp non dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
1 tbsp lemon juice

For the glaze:
2 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed clementine juice

Combine the clementine juice, water, sugar corn starch and 1 tbsp of the clementine zest in a blender.  Transfer the mixture to a sauce pan and heat over medium until boiling. Allow to boil for one minute. Add the non dairy milk, vegan butter and the rest of the zest and stir well.  Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to a jar and put in the refrigerator until completely cooled.  Note: this will make more curd than needed for the cupcakes.

To make the glaze place the confectioners sugar, salt and freshly squeezed clementine juice into a bowl and whisk until well incorporated.

Once the cupcakes and curd have cooled fully put some of the curd into a piping bag with a tip with a medium size opening.  Press the tip into the cupcake and squeeze some of the curd inside. Be careful not to put too much curd or your cupcake will become too wet.

Top each cupcake with the glaze and garnish with a clementine slice if desired.

16 comments:

  1. Yes, I would love five pounds of clementines! (Along with eating them plain, I'd love to try your recipe. It sounds delicious!)

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  2. I would like five pounds of cuties! They are absolutely my favorite brand for citrus fruit. I love their mandarin oranges.

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  3. Awesome giveaway!! Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

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  4. I would LOVE 5lbs of cuties!! They are my go to snack! And this recipe sounds amazing!! Yum-O! :D

    E-mail: whatchadoin@rocketmail.com

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  5. I would be delighted with 5 lbs of cuties!

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  6. Yes, I love Cuties. I'd love to win 5 pounds of them, I'd try your recipe, and make smoothies, Clementine Chikn stir fry, eat as is, whoops, they're gone.

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  7. Mandarins are some of sweetest citrus and cuties are the best around. I would love 5 pounds of them.

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  8. I would love to have these. Love them.

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  9. I would love five pounds of cuties!!! I love making juices, and salad dressing out of them :)

    ipoliticalworld@gmail.com

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  10. we are cutie-crazy in this household! for breakfast: homemade ginger granola with yogurt and cuties on top! lunch: spinach salad with roasted nuts, vinagrette, and cuties! dinner: cuties sauteed with fresh snapper, garlic, and leeks. dessert: thanks for the recipe!!

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  11. I would love to win five pounds of cuties, and thanks for the opportunity to do so!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  12. I would love to win five pounds of clementines! They are so delicious!

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  13. I'd love to win 5# of Cuties. It's been so long since I've had any of those....thanks for the chance.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  14. I found your site through one of your recipes posted on the So Delicious website and it looks like my timing was great! Not only did I find some more great vegan ideas, but a chance for some Cuties. I'd love to win them, eat a couple while collecting the ingredients for the Clementine Curd, and then make this delicious looking recipe!

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  15. Oops; I was so excited, I forgot to leave my contact info.
    diannewa AT q DOT com

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  16. I love cuties! I can eat a boxful in one sitting, but I love the idea of making a curd!
    michellestinykitchen at gmail dot com

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