Orange Scented Cupcakes with Date Filling
makes 12 cupcakes

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp orange extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 - 1 cup date filling
juice of one orange
1 tsp orange flower water
sugar for sprinkling

Beat butter and sugar with a fork or electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time and then stir in the orange extract and baking soda. Fold in half the flour, then half the buttermilk, then repeat.

Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and put a scoop of batter in the bottom of each tin. Add a scoop of date filling to each and then cover with the rest of the batter.

Bake in a 375° oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Mix the orange juice and orange flower water. (You might try reducing the mixture a bit on the stovetop to get more of a syrup). When the cupcakes are done cooking but still hot, spoon about a tablespoon full of the juice over the top of each, and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on a rack to cool.