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Culinary Canvas: Blood Orange Vanilla Cupcakes

The many wonderful artworks at the DMA can certainly be a rich source of inspiration for all types of artists. One art form I enjoy is cooking, so I thought it would be fun to take a culinary tour through the collection and see what works could inspire me in the kitchen.

For my first recipe, I’m starting in the Reves Collection with a Cézanne and something sweet—who can resist a cupcake? Try it out and let me know what you think!

Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Carafe, Milk Can, Bowl, and Orange, 1879-1880, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection

Blood Orange Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Yields about 30 cupcakes
Level: Easy


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 tablespoons finely grated blood orange zest, from about 2 blood oranges
4 large eggs, room temperature
¾ cup heavy cream
¾ cup nonfat milk
½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (optional)
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line standard muffin pan with paper liners.

Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds with the edge of a knife. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla seeds and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until combined and scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.

In measuring cup, whisk together cream, milk, orange juice, vanilla extract and orange liqueur. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beginning and ending with dry ingredients, add flour mixture to mixer in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of cream mixture.  After each addition, mix on low speed until just combined.

Divide batter evenly between liners, filling each cup about ¾ full. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Splash of heavy cream

Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until pale and shiny. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, mixing on low until combined. Add cream. Increase speed to medium-high and continue whipping mixture for 5 minutes until light and creamy. Additional sugar or cream can be added to achieve desired consistency.

The tasty result: my interpretation of the painting in fondant and frosting

Cupcake recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats and frosting recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life.

Sarah Coffey
Assistant to the Chair of Learning Initiatives

Friday Photo Post: Wearin' o' the Green

As a reminder to wear your green this weekend, here are are few works of art from the DMA’s collection that use shades of shamrock. Enjoy!

(Click on the first image to get a closer look at all of the works of art.)

Jessica Kennedy
McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching

Works shown:

  • Goblet, Carlo Moretti, Murano Glass Company, 1975, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Carole Stupell, Ltd.
  • Wallpaper design, Peter Todd Mitchell, mid 20th century, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Priscilla Cunningham
  • Candy jar, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Glass produced by Lindshammar Glasbruk, designed 1963, Dallas Museum of Art, The Jewel Stern American Silver Collection, Decorative Arts Fund
  • Clover with Eyes, Roberto Juarez, 1981, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Deal
  • Things the wet nurse told me, Jackie Tileston, 2003, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund
  • Landscape, Rita Leff, n.d., Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Robert A. Beyers
  • Saturday Nite, Clementine Hunter, 1971, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert F. Ryan
  • Magnolia Blossoms, John Breckinridge Martin, 1933, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Maggie Joe and Alexandre Hogue
  • Variant/Adobe, Josef Albers, 1947, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
  • Ornament in the form of a feline face, Moche culture, c. A.D. 100-450, Dallas Museum of Art, The Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
  • Untitled, Richard Anuszkiewicz, n.d., Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan E. Boeckman
  • Summer Foliage, George Inness,1883, Dallas Museum of Art, bequest of Joel T. Howard
  • Plaque fragment with profile face, Maya culture, c. A. D. 600-900, Dallas Museum of Art, given in memory of Jerry L. Abramson by his estate
  • Fish House Door, John Frederick Peto, 1905, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
  • Untitled (Yellow Table on Green), Hans Hofmann, 1936, Dallas Museum of Art, fractional gift of The Rachofsky Collection in honor of Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art
  • Green Ground Blue Disc, Adolph Gottlieb, 1966, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Tucker Willis
  • “Cabbage” tureen and cover, Sceaux Factory, c. 1755, Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation in memory of Lucy Ball Owsley
  • Detail of Window with Starfish (“Spring”),  Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, c. 1885-1895,Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.


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