Today is the day! Together at the Table is finally out in stores! It's been a long, long time coming (as several readers have enjoyed reminding me), but I'm so happy that Juliette and Mireille's stories are now out and about in the world.
So I'm celebrating, as I have with each book in the series, with a recipe and a giveaway! The recipe below has a slightly different name in the book - but I'll leave you to read and discover what it is. These cupcakes are extremely aromatic - not only is there a lot of vanilla, proportionately, but the orange blossom water in the frosting makes it extra special.
Look for orange blossom water at well-stocked grocery stores, often shelved with the drink mixers. You can find it on Amazon, too. The orange oil/orange extract will be in the baking section.
~ Orange Blossom Cupcakes for Two ~
For the Cupcakes:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 drops orange oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
For the Frosting:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1-2 tsp milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon orange blossom water
Edible flowers, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a six-cup muffin tin with two liners and fill the remaining cups with water.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white, sugar, and milk. Stir in vanilla, orange oil, and melted butter. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, whisking until smooth. Pour in milk, and mix until just incorporated.
Carefully pour the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake the cakes for 12-15 minutes, or until the cakes have risen and turned gently golden. Cool on a wire rack.
In a small bowl, blend together all of the frosting ingredients, using an electric mixer. Add more milk if it feels too thick. Spoon into a plastic bag – a pastry bag or sandwich bag, both will do the job - and cut ½ inch off of one corner. Pipe the buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes and top with the edible flowers. If edible flowers aren’t your thing, try candied orange peel or candied ginger.
To enter the giveaway, tell me what about Together at the Table you're most looking forward to!
Is it the romance? The mystery? The recipes? Quips between sisters? (All valid answers, by the by.)
Login to the form below to be eligible to enter! Giveaway ends May 10th.