The smell of orange baking is one of the most delicious aromas you could have in the kitchen.
I love to bake with orange in any form, juice, zest or extract, it taste delicious in cupcakes, cakes or pound cake, and I think the mix of orange juice with the ricotta cheese made this recipe as delicious as it can be.
It is moist, fluffy texture with the delicious flavor and aroma of the orange juice that I loved about it, and the added bonus its sugar free…
To my surprise this recipe made a good amount of wet batter, I was so worried that I might have added too much orange juice but it was already mixed and no going back…
I ended up with 24 cupcakes and 1 loaf and I was happy with that, the hubby gets his loaf and my co-workers get the cupcakes…
I made up this cake because I always tend to buy too many containers of ricotta cheese and I had a big gallon of orange Juice, so I started writing it, and this recipe was born.
.3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
.4 tbsp. corn starch
.1 cup large golden raisin
.1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
.1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
.2 cups sugar substitutes
.2 cups orange juice with pulp
.1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
.1/2 tbsp. baking soda
.1/8 tsp. salt
.4 large eggs room temperature
.1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375
Line muffin pans and set aside, spray a loaf pan with none-stick vegetable spray, line with parchment paper, spray again, and set aside.
In a stand mixer with the flat beater attachment, cream the butter, add the sugar 1 cup at a time and mix well after each addition, beat for 2 minutes until its smooth and the sugar incorporated with the butter.
Add eggs one at a time mixing after each addition add vanilla extract and mix well.
Sift flour,corn starch, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.
On a low speed, add the flour mixer to the creamed butter in thirds alternating with the orange juice, starting and ending with the flour.
With ice cream scope, fill the cupcakes all the way.
Add the rest of the batter to the loaf pan.
Add 4-5 raisins to the top of each cupcake add the rest to the top of the loaf, do not mix.
Bake the cupcakes for 29-30 minutes
Bake the loaf for 40-45 minutes
Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, transfer to wire racks and cool completely before serving.
Top with fresh whipped cream, but I prefer there delicious orange flavor on its own. Enjoy!