Orange Olive Oil Mini Cakes with Orange Buttercream

I am pretty proud of myself right now, I have come a long way over the past year of blogging. When I first started I absolutely hated baking. The reason was that it dirties too many dishes, and everything has to be exact and you can’t just add some more of this or that at the last minute to make it better. But, over the last year of having to measure everything, write down what I am doing, actually set timers, and making things more than once I have come to realize that washing a few extra dishes and measuring with a measuring spoon instead of my palm isn’t really that bad. In fact, I have even found it quite therapeutic recently, (OMG, who am I?).Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold

So, I bring you Orange and Olive Oil Mini Cakes with Orange Buttercream, because mini everything is better, and they are personal sized. I had Easter dinner in mind when making these, like picture the Easter table decorated all pretty, like my mother law does with these pretty vintage pastel plates, with each place setting having it’s own little three tier cake sitting on the plate. HOW CUTE!!!Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold

I still have no idea what our plans are for Easter, I just hope that they involve me serving these pretty little things. Oh, and did I mention how incredibly delicious they are?! These are so moist and tender and fluffy. They just melt in your mouth and make it hard to have the self control not to have a second cake. (A second WHOLE CAKE because they are miniaturized personal cakes. Don’t do it. Or maybe do, whatever, it’s a holiday.)Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold

Make sure that you use a Premium Blend Olive Oil, it’s not like you get hit with a strong olive oil flavor in the cake, they are subtle, but still there. I used a more fruity olive oil for this cake as opposed to a grassy or peppery oil- just read the label as most will give you tasting notes.Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold

If you don’t have the energy that I had to make these (layering and frosting 16 mini cakes is time consuming and tedious) then you could totally leave them as cupcakes and pipe on the frosting and they would still be super cute, you could top with some orange zest to make them pretty. Or just leave them as a single cake with multiple layers. SO MANY OPTIONS! Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It GoldTo assemble the mini tiered cakes you will need to use a bread knife to gently cut of rounded top part of each muffin off so that the top is level. Then cut each muffin in half. Each mini cake gets three tiers, to make them even use all top sections for half and all bottom sections for the other half. Put a heaping spoonful on top of the bottom tier, gently press the second layer, repeat for the top layer and gently press so that filling lightly squishes out the sides. Put another glob on the very top and use an offset frosting spatula to smooth out the top and the sides. I used less frosting to give it a “naked” look, but you could make it thicker to fully cover the cake if you want.

Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold
Orange Olive Oil Cake with Orange Buttercream
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This olive oil cake is super light, fluffy, and moist and makes the perfect spring dessert. Any type of citrus can be used.
Servings Prep Time
16 cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Orange Olive Oil Mini Cake |Glitter It Gold
Orange Olive Oil Cake with Orange Buttercream
Print Recipe
This olive oil cake is super light, fluffy, and moist and makes the perfect spring dessert. Any type of citrus can be used.
Servings Prep Time
16 cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Cake
Orange Buttercream
Servings: cakes
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray olive oil to coat the inside of a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer beat the eggs and the sugar until pale yellow and thick ribbons form, about 5 minutes then add the vanilla and beat for 30 seconds.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl, and combine orange juice, orange zest, buttermilk and olive oil in a third bowl.
  4. Mixing on low speed, add a third of the dry ingredients, then a third of the wet. Continue adding 1/3 at a time until all ingredients are incorporated. After the last addition be careful not to over mix. The batter will be thin.
  5. Using a 1/4c measuring cup fill the muffin tin with 1/4 c of batter in each cavity. Bake for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges just start to pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Set the pan on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes, once the cakes can easily be removed from the pan then put them on a wire cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
Orange Buttercream
  1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment beat the butter for about 3 minutes until it is pale yellow. Add 1 cup of confectioners sugar and mix until incorporated.
  2. Add the orange juice, zest and vanilla and beat to incorporate. Add the remaining confectioners sugar 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  3. To assemble the mini tiered cakes you will need to use a bread knife to gently cut of rounded top part of each muffin off so that the top is level. Then cut each muffin in half. Each mini cake gets three tiers, to make them even use all top sections for half and all bottom sections for the other half. Put a heaping spoonful on top of the bottom tier, gently press the second layer, repeat for the top layer and gently press so that filling lightly squishes out the sides. Put another glob on the very top and use an offset frosting spatula to smooth out the top and the sides. I used less frosting to give it a "naked" look, but you could make it thicker to fully cover the cake if you want.
Recipe Notes

Cake recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Sour Cream Lemon Cookies

Eric hates lemon desserts. I love them. They seem lighter and cleaner than many other types of desserts but are still sweet and indulgent. These cookies are light, fluffy, and almost cake-like, and are perfect for spring. This recipe is adapted from Taste and Tell blog, who adapted it from Christina Tosi’s cookbook Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover sour cream, because I am sure I am not the only one that buys a tub of it and find that I only use a few tablespoons of it. Say you serve tacos or enchiladas and only use 1/4c of sour cream, what do you do with the rest? You make these cookies!!! Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

I used 2 cups of flour in my cookies and they turned out perfect, but you may want to check the consistency of the batter before adding another 1/2 cup if needed. The dough is not like normal cookie dough, it looks more wet and is very sticky. It is easiest to use a small cookie scoop like this one to drop the dough on the cookie sheet. If you don’t have one you can use a teaspoon and your finger to scrape it off and pat it down into a ball.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

Also, can we talk about these flowers? Trader Joe’s is the best for flowers. I love that you can get a small bouquet for under $4.00 and they usually last at least a week. The only reason I don’t have flowers in my house 24/7 is because the closest Trader Joe’s is 25 minutes away and there is no way I am buying 3 stems of sun flowers at Von’s for $9.99 (the cheapest I have ever seen a bouquet at any other grocer). Flowers make me so happy, and they brighten up the house so much, I wish all grocery stores understood this and had them available at a low price.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold
Sour Cream Lemon Cookies
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These delicious Sour Cream Lemon Cookies are light, fluffy, almost cake-like, and are the perfect treat for brunches, bridal or baby showers, or anytime.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold
Sour Cream Lemon Cookies
Print Recipe
These delicious Sour Cream Lemon Cookies are light, fluffy, almost cake-like, and are the perfect treat for brunches, bridal or baby showers, or anytime.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Ingredients
Cookie
Glaze
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla, and the sour cream and mix until combined, about 1 more minute.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix just until combined. They dough will be wet - not like typical cookie dough.
  5. Use the cookie scoop to drop onto a lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, 10 worked for me. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. While they cool mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl
  6. Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze, or drizzle with a spoon and place back on the cooling rack, top with sprinkles and let set for the glaze to dry.
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Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup

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These random sunny warm days are making me want to sit on the back porch with a tall glass of iced tea and listen to the birds chip. That sounds really southern, but also pretty heavenly. Today was such a day and we (me and my dog who is kennel bound for his recovery from knee surgery) thoroughly enjoyed getting some vitamin D. And since my grandma sent over a big bag of tangerines I had the idea to make tangerine syrup.

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This tangerine syrup would be excellent in tea, or in a mojito or margarita. I made a small batch, but this recipe could easily be doubled or tripled for larger batches. Store them in airtight jars in the fridge. If you use this syrup in anything other than tea please share with me!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

First you need to make a simple syrup. Boil equal parts sugar and water until combined, add some lemon zest and tangerine juice and reduce by half. Strain it, cool, and viola!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

I made this tea with the Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea I have talked about before because it can be cold brewed in about 3 minutes. That means this iced tea comes together super fast, no waiting for water to boil or tea to cool, and no watered down tea because you added ice before the tea was cool enough. If you use a different type of tea or choose to brew it in hot water make sure it cools completly before icing so you don’t end up with weak tea. Alternatively you could make it extra concentrated so that the melted ice brings it to the normal strength. The tangerine syrup would be good in any kind of iced tea though, black, white, red…. be creative. I think I will try it in black tea next time, or maybe even a blend of black and green. Hmmmm…..

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
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A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: oz
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until it is reduced by half.
  2. Add 2 TBS of tangerine syrup to each 8 oz glass of iced tea, stir, add ice and enjoy.
  3. Cool the extra syrup before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip

This holiday season feels so chaotic to me. I don’t feel prepared for it at all, even as it is happening all around me it still doesn’t feel real yet. Even our annual Rowland family Christmas party didn’t really make it sink in that Christmas is 5 days away! What the heck? It was JUST Thanksgiving like a week ago. I was planning on sharing all these holiday things with you, but time has really just gotten away from me. Finally, though, I have a minute to share at least this one appetizer recipe with you.Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold

For the family Christmas party I was put in charge of coordinating all the appetizers so I felt compelled to make sure the ones I contributed were good ones. This recipe is from my Aunt Lisa and is one of my favorites. It’s cool and spicy and bright and tangy, delicious and addicting. Seriously, if you want to stop eating it you either have to finish the whole thing or go to a completely different room. You could use canned or pre-packaged cranberry sauce for this and skip 1 below, but the fresh cranberries are prettier and taste much better. Jalapenos vary so much in spice level, sometimes I use 2 and sometimes just 1. This last time I only used 1/2 because they were so spicy so add a little at a time and taste test until you get to the spiciness level you like. I also really like the red onion, but feel free to cut back on it if it’s too much for you. Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold

 

Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold
Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip
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This ultra flavorful cranberry sauce turned dip is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any party or gathering.
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold
Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip
Print Recipe
This ultra flavorful cranberry sauce turned dip is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any party or gathering.
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Ingredients
Basic Cranberry Sauce
Dip
Servings: platter
Instructions
Basic Cranberry Sauce
  1. Wash cranberries and place them in a saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Assemble the Dip
  1. Place the whole jalapeno in a pot of water, covering completely. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove and let cool.
  2. Remove the stem and seeds from the jalapenos (you may want to use gloves) and mince them.
  3. Add cranberry sauce, cilantro, jalapenos, lemon juice, green onion, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Let sit for 2 hours or so in the fridge for flavors to incorporate.
  4. Pour over 1/2 the sauce over a block of cream cheese, serve with pita chips.
Recipe Notes

I like to make this cranberry sauce an appetizer by pouring it over a block of cream cheese and serving with pita chips, but it would also be delicious on turkey or even wrapped up in baked brie. If you find a new use for it, please share with me!

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