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THE CAUSALITY LOOP Fiery Surprise Cupcakes

A subtly citrus cupcake with cinnamon Red Hot drizzle and a surprise inside, inspired by THE CAUSALITY LOOP by Wendy Nikel
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake
Author: Beth Cato


Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks 2 sticks
  • lemon zested zested
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons milk

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks 2 sticks
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • orange food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • Red Hot candies
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift together flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, blend sugar and butter. Grate lemon zest into the mixture.
  • Add eggs to sugar mixture one at a time.
  • Gradually add the dry mixture and milk into the sugar mixture until well blended.
  • Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool.
  • Beat butter, food coloring, and orange extract until creamy. Alternate adding 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons milk, mixing well after each addition, until all ingredients are mixed in.
  • When cupcakes are cool, carefully cut a hole into the top of each cupcake. Pull out the inner section of cake and set aside. Fill hole with sprinkles, then replace the top of the cake and frost!
  • Melt Red Hots on the stove. Drizzle melted candy over the frosted cupcakes. Top with sprinkles and enjoy with a good book!