Clementine Muffins with Clementine Sugar
These muffins… Oh these darling muffins… They have some serious pizzazz don’t they?! They are so glamourous with all that bling on top. They are honestly, quite possibly, the cutest damn muffin I ever did done see! There is only one problem…they aren’t muffins. I hate to burst your bubble, but that right there is a cupcake.
When I saw these babies on Pinch Of Yum, I was all “Ohh, look at those sparkle-y cupcakes!”. I grabbed my weekly menu planner (the back of my hand and a pen –I like to keep it classy) and started to jot down the name of the recipe. Glazed Orange …Muffins?! WTF? That’s a cupcake. It has icing and pretty homemade sugar sprinkles, that ain’t no muffin! And then, I realized I was wrong.
Obviously, that is totally a muffin. I don’t know what I was thinking, or how I could have possibly confused it for a cupcake. There is one giant obvious reason that it is a muffin:
Call it a muffin and you get to eat it for breakfast with no guilt!
Genius! How have I never made that connection before? I will now refer to all cakes as Coffee Cake, and all cupcakes as Muffins. 😀
These “muffins” are light and fluffy in both texture and flavor. The clementine flavor adds a burst of freshness and a healthy balance to the sweetness. But despite the delicious cake -err um, muffin- the real star is all of that delicious zested sugar on top! While it is obviously a really fun way to dress these up, it also adds an interesting and flavorful crunch to the tops. I am already looking forward to making this recipe again, but with Lemons instead!
Clementine Bling Muffins
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup milk
- zest & juice of 1 Clementine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon clementine juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- zest of 1 clementine