Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare pan with
cupcake liners or butter pan.
Place the sugar and eggs in
a large bowl and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Sift the flour with the baking powder in another bowl,
then add to mixture of sugar and eggs a little at a time
while adding the softened butter. Continue to mix with
beater until completely blended, then stir in buttermilk, or
In a food processor, process the whole orange until it is
almost pureed. Add this orange to the cupcake mixture and
stir until evenly combined, then put the batter into the
individual prepared cupcake liners. (Fill 3/4 full).
Bake for 20-25 minutes, test with toothpick to make sure
cupcakes are done. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes
and then glaze. (Makes about 15 cupcakes).
Make orange glaze:
In a small pan, prepare glaze by melting the sugar in the
orange juice and allow to
simmer for a few minutes, till the liquid has a syrupy
consistency. Brush over top of cupcakes and allow to cool