So this past weekend was a really important weekend (other than the whole Thanksgiving thing) — it was Iron Bowl weekend. The weekend that determines bragging rights for the next 365 days. The biggest rivalry in college football.
Naturally, since I had not one, but two, Iron Bowl parties to attend, I made cupcakes. We are a house divided, meaning that some of us cheer for Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) and others cheer for Auburn. So I had to make cupcakes for both sets of fans.
Alabama cupcakes were obvious — Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting. I took it a step further and added cinnamon white chocolate ganache as a filling. Really good, but not truly worthy of a whole blog post.
The Auburn cupcakes were a little trickier. After some Googling, I finally settled on this recipe posted by The Happy Baker: Orange Infused Blueberry Cupcakes.
They were awesome!! At first, I was a little hesitant about the frosting, since it was a cream cheese based frosting. I was afraid it would be too similar to the frosting for the red velvet cupcakes. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This orange frosting was some of the lightest, fluffiest frosting I have ever made. Ever ever.
I added the mandarin orange garnish myownself, but otherwise stuck to the recipe as written. This is one recipe that will definitely be made again. And again.