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Author Notes: These bright green cupcakes are like a green smoothie - in cake form. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or any day, the kale can't be tasted but leaves an amazing colour and some extra nutrients in your sweet cupcake. - Kate | Veggie Desserts
- 2 cups kale leaves, packed
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 1 orange, zest and juice
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 0.5 teaspoons salt
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line or grease a muffin tray.
- Boil or steam the kale leaves for a few minutes until tender. Refresh under cold running water, drain and puree in a food processor or with a hand-held stick blender (it will still be a little bit stringy). Set aside
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the kale puree, vanilla, zest and orange juice.
- Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt, then stir to gently combine.
- Fill the muffin cups ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Frost with the icing when cold.
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered icing sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons orange juice
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Sieve in the powdered sugar and beat until thick. Add enough orange juice to make it a frosting consistency.
- Spread on the cooled cupcakes.