Have you ever seen someone running around with their hair on fire?  I’m not talking a little singed eyebrow, but fully engulfed!  This new year has been throwing me a few curve balls and I’m doing my best to roll with the punches.  I have had just a little bit of time in the kitchen.

I hosted a meeting at my house for about 12 ladies in a volunteer group I’m involved with.  We talked about being aware of how teens are using MySpace.  It was a great topic where we really explored some tips on how to make sure you’re not making yourself too vulnerable.  This was especially important to me since I have a teen sister.

Of course cupcakes were going to be on the menu.  I found a recipe from the Food Network that looked interesting.  I took the basic theme and tweaked it a bit (for example, they used a boxed chocolate cake recipe and I made mine from scratch).  Here’s what I ended up with?

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting

 

2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chunks
zest of one orange

PREPARATION:
Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Cream together the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; stir until well blended.

FROSTING:

2 cups powered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons limoncello
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 orange zested

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