Healthy Recipe: Orange Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Maple Walnut Glaze {Guest Post from Pamela's Heavenly Treats}

Today I am so happy to have a special guest post! Pamela from Pamela's Heavenly Treats is sharing one of her delicious and healthy recipes today!! 

As if the draw for healthy treats isn't enough to keep you reading.. here's a small sample of her yummy creations that I found on her blog:

{see the recipe here}

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Welcome Pamela!! 

My name is Pamela from Pamela's Heavenly Treats where I make healthy cupcakes and cookies, and sometimes other desserts.  I am a wife, mother of 6, homeschool teacher and I have a small Healthy Cupcakes & Cookie business. Everything that I make is made with 100% Whole Wheat Flour and my secret ingredients. You will not know that you are eating healthy when you taste these treats. 

Today I will be sharing my Orange Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Maple Walnut Glaze, the name tells you that it is a GOOD cupcake, and I make it healthy, in this recipe you have to make the walnuts and put the brown sugar maple glaze on them, I was eating that by itself, the walnuts tasted like maple cinnamon and it was just delicious, ok let's begin before I have flashbacks. There are four parts to this cupcake, but they are all pretty easy steps:

My Basic Cupcake Recipe
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar
 1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp white vinegar
1 cup canola oil
1/2 fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
Set oven to 350

Mix wet ingredients, and then add dry ingredients until well blended. Fill cupcakes cups 1/2 way. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

8 ounces whole shelled walnuts
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup fat free milk
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Set oven to 350ºF.  Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.

In a saucepan combine sugar, milk, cinnamon, and salt.  Whisk over medium heat until all the ingredients combine together, then bring to a boil.  Boil the mixture about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and carefully stir in the vanilla.  Immediately stir in the toasted walnuts.  Set aside.

1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/4 cup walnuts mixture, chopped

Combine sugar, water, butter and orange zest in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, then add walnuts.  Allow to cool before drizzling over the cooled cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces of light cream cheese (softened)
1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
orange zest and glazed walnuts for garnish

Cream butter and cream cheese, add vanilla, then add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until to the consistency that you want it.

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Take your cooled cupcake, and drizzle the walnut glaze on the cupcake, frost and then garnish the top of your cupcake with the walnut glaze and some orange zest.  This cupcake tastes just like orange sherbet, I could just eat the frosting on top that how good it is. 

I had a wonderful time at KdBuggie Boutique sharing one of my favorite healthy cupcake recipes, I hope you come on over and visit Pamela's Heavenly Treats for some more healthy cupcake and cookie recipes.

Thanks so much to Pamela for sharing this mouth-watering cupcake recipe! It looks so delicious... and the fact that it uses whole wheat flour is totally awesome! I have been browsing her website and just sit at my computer and drool! {Of course being pregnant and craving anything sugary and sweet doesn't help much!!}

Make sure you pop over and check out her website! 


1 comment

  1. These look delish! All about anything healthier! stumbled on your blog and am a new follower. Saw the blog hop and linked up too :)


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