Orange Liqueur Cupcakes & Iran Revelution

When the revolution happened in Iran, everyone's life was impacted one way or the other! Many people left the country, many were thrown in jails and many friends and families had to say goodbyes to one another! My best friend and her family were no exception! They moved away from our little city of Bam and in the midst of all the craziness in the country,  we lost contact!!   We had a special connection and even though we were very young back then (I think we were 9 years old) , I had never forgotten her.  Through out all these years, I always wondered what happened to her and her family! I even thought of putting an ad in the newspaper in order to find her. 

Two years ago, unexpectedly I got a Facebook message from someone who I didn't know & had never even heard the name before, the title of email are you Fariba from Kerman/Bam?!! Imagine my surprise when I opened the email and it was from a loving husband who was wondering if I'm his wife's lost childhood friend...wow... I was laughing, crying, and screaming out of joy!

Moving forward two months ago, she told me that she's coming to NY to visit her son and her flight back to Australia has a stop in LAX....and yesterday after 30 years we finally met for 3 hours!!

So much to say and so little time,  it was an amazing experience!!  We talked about Bam the city that we both once lived in & the good days that we had together when we were only nine years old. When we said our goodbyes, we promised each other that we will meet again in Australia & I know we will!! As I drove away, I decided to bake something in celebration of our new friendship and in the memory of our dads and her mom! Since we both had so many memories from Bam & Bam was filled with orange trees, I thought about baking Orange cupcakes...and here is my recipe...enjoy! 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder 
  • 1/8 cup Orange liqueur 
  • 1/8 cup Milk
  • Zest of one Orange

Process:

    • Preheat the oven to 350 Degree 
    • Spray or line the muffin cups with paper 
    • Place sugar and zest in the bowl of your mixer and blend until moist and fragrant
    • Add in butter and beat until white 
    • Add the eggs one at a time; beating well after each one & add vanilla 
    • In a separate bowl, mix in the flour, salt and baking powder
    • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, milk and the orange liquor alternately & scrape down the sides of the bowl
    • Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter (*remember not to fill the cup more than half)
    • Bake for 18-20 minutes until is nicely brown or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean

Decorating cupcakes can be a fun and exciting project specially if you have kids! Here is what you would need for the frosting:

  • 1 package of cream cheese 
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon shortening 
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (you might need to add more to reach the desire consistency

How do you make it?

  • Combine butter, cream cheese with a mixer until smooth and creamy 
  • Blend in vanilla 
  • Slowly add the confectioner sugar until you reach the right consistency (* if you're using a pastry bag ensure that you have medium consistency )