Friday Faves and Orange Cream Cupcakes

by heidi on August 31, 2012

It’s been a week of getting back into the swing of things with school back in session and Smudge still not convinced as to why she can’t have a friend over EVERY SINGLE day. Or a sleepover every night.

Honey, after this weekend summer’s over.

I posted this week about my hand pie afterschool treat which was a big hit with Smudge and her friends after I gave in for an afterschool playdate.

Creamcicle Cupcakes FoodieCrush

Next playdate, my kiddo  guinea pigs taste testers have requested that these Orange Cream Cupcakes be deposited into their sweaty little hands. Based on my favorite summertime Creamsicle frozen treat, they were a huge hit, just like I knew they would be.

And now, what I’ve been crushing on this week…

It’s been a couple of weeks of group recipe posts. Here are some of my faves:

1. It’s Labor Day weekend and time to cool off before the big freeze heads our way and Becky and Lindsey  have pulled together a fantastic Labor Day Ice Cream Social. I’m so crushing on the recipe for Beet Ice Cream. What do you think?

2. While we’re getting all sweet and stuff, let’s dip some cookies into those ice creams thanks to this Back-to-School Cookie recipe round-up from Emily. Hey, I spy a recipe I know really well!

3. And what could be more celebratory than a baby shower? A virtual baby shower that is, for mama-to-be Jenny of Picky Palate and organized by Marla. Check out the list of ‘attendees’ and that long as your arm recipe collection, it’s your one stop source for baby shower recipes.

4. I’m loving the advice Jules has posted about the number one way to eat healthier along with some awesome eating tips. It’s just so simple really but too often ignored! I really like the idea of cauliflower rice.

5. Forget the take-home foil origami swans you get at some of those big steakhouses, check out Barbara’s adorable Cream Puff Swans. I really don’t know how she does it!

6. I’m all about cool typography and those trendy labels for jars so of course I totally pinned this DIY tutorial.

7. When I’m not checking out food blogs or obsessing about what time people go to bed, I love getting sucked into Sous Style, where I can live vicariously through the hip and not so humble thanks to its creator who just so happens to be the Photo Director for Elle mag. In other words, its gorgeous.

8. Dinner delivered, but in a box! The brainchild of Barb and Max feautres unique recipes—including Mongolian Beef from Bee—and brings you everything you need minus the fresh ingredients. I smell holiday gift giving!

9. It wouldn’t be a Friday Faves list without at least one app on the list. Kristen turned me onto this cool 3-dimensional photo app to ensure you have the 360 degree view.

10. And finally my fave Twitter quote of the week: (via @dinnerwithJulie)

Ask What's For Lunch Quote by Orson Welles via

Friends, have a fantastic long weekend and spend as much of it as possible in the waning summer sunshine.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks August 31, 2012 at 2:11 am

GREAT cupcakes! I have a thing for orange creamsicle-inspired desserts and those are gorgeous!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 31, 2012 at 4:47 am

These cupcakes look spectacular!!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 31, 2012 at 5:42 am

Thanks for sharing those finds! Have a fabulous long weekend:-)


Ali @ Gimme Some Oven August 31, 2012 at 7:12 am

These cupcakes are adorable. And I love that app too — so fun! :)


heidi August 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

The DMD app is really quite amazing. It seems like it would be such a great help for realtors to be able to create the 360 degree views within one easy application. Or travel too. I’m definitely going to be taking more photos with it.


Jennifer August 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’ve wanted to try out orange creamsicle cakes or cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe! Love the Friday Faves.


Deborah August 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

I am so in love with these cupcakes – I need one!! And as always, I love your Friday Favs!!


heidi August 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Ah Deb, I’m glad you like the lists, I want to create content that helps the reader and the peeps featured. Spreading the love with my crushes. Have a great Labor Day.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

I’m dying over these cupcakes! I will sign up to be a guinea pig for you any time!


Cathy @ Noble Pig August 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

I could crush about four of those gorgeous cupcakes…is that wrong!!


Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets August 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

Gorgeous photos!


Hip Foodie Mom August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I LOVE these posts! Thank you for sharing!


heidi August 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

That is so good to hear, sometimes I wonder if people do like the Friday Faves or not…I just want to give readers what they want to see! Have a great weekend.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

Beautiful cupcakes!


Emily August 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thank you again for your fabulous cookie recipe–the roundup wouldn’t have been complete without you. Also, pinning that drool-inducing cupcake and checking out that healthy eating tip asap.


heidi August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Emily, I was thrilled to be asked! Thanks for creating a forum for foodies!


Delishhh August 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

Those cupcakes look awesome! Love the quote :) Have a great weekend!


Kathryn August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Totally in love with these cupcakes!


Brian @ A Thought For Food August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

Now don’t these look amazing! You, my dear, know how to make everything look magnificent. Happy Friday!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

What a fun cupcake idea. Thanks for your sweet comment and linking to my swans!


Ashley August 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Literally have this in the list of doughnut recipes for the book! :)


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

These cupcakes look amazing – happy friday!


June g. August 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Sous style… it! Thanks for introducing it to me:)


carrian August 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Your friday faves is always my favorite post of the week. Love it.Don’t ever get rid of it. Or else *muscle pump* *muscle pump* ;)


heidi September 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Okay! I wouldn’t want to get on your bad side. Friday Faves will return!


Julie @ Table for Two August 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos and cupcakes. I love the flavor and I’m dying over the last picture of that cupcake. The frosting and little swirl on top is PERFECT!


Heather August 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm

What kind of orange essential oil do you use and how do you use it?


heidi September 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

It is a Williams Sonoma brand but you can get it from any health food store. I put it in both the batter and the frosting as you’ll see in the recipe link.


Bee August 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks Heidi for including my GrubKit. :)


Denise @ TLT September 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

You’re friday faves always get me inspired, really: love them! Also love these orange cream cupcakes: they look so perfect and I’m sure they’ll taste the same way!


Rachel - A Southern Fairytale September 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

You’re killin’ me, friend.

I’m fixin’ to have to make these ;-) <3


Kristen September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

You are so funny :) Love these posts so much… and now I feel the pressure to keep introducing you to new things. Eeeks!


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