|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 48g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||24%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This tasty orange frosting is considered an American buttercream and is very versatile. Try it on your basic vanilla or chocolate cake cupcakes. But its zippy citrus taste, which comes from both orange zest and extract, is also a nice complement to carrot or spiced cakes and cupcakes. It's delicious on butternut squash cupcakes, and its light orange color makes it ideal for Halloween and fall festivities.
Buttercream comes together quickly and is easy to make if you have a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Just make sure your butter has softened enough to easily whip. If you would like, you can add food coloring to make it look orange.
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of frosting (or 8 servings), enough for a 2-layer cake or about 24 cupcakes.
4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Orange food coloring, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine the butter, 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, and vanilla and orange extracts until well blended.
Add the orange zest and 3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Beat until smooth and creamy.
Add more confectioners' sugar or orange juice, as needed, for spreading or piping consistency. Beat in a few drops of orange food coloring, if desired.
Use to frost a cake or cupcakes. Refrigerate leftover frosting, covered, for up to one month.
What Are the 4 Types of Buttercream?
American buttercream—of which this recipe is a variation—is a combination of butter and confectioners' sugar. European buttercreams are typically made without confectioners' sugar and include egg whites or whole eggs. The most popular are Swiss, Italian, and French buttercreams.
- Swiss: Made from an egg white base that's fully cooked over a water bath and then whipped into a fluffy meringue enriched with lots of butter. Granulated sugar is added and dissolves with the heat—no graininess remains.
- Italian buttercream: A boiling hot sugar syrup is whisked into egg whites to form a meringue.
- French buttercream: Similar to Italian buttercream but uses whole eggs and egg yolks instead of egg whites.
If you like to work with buttercream, here are some other options you might find delicious to experiment with:
- Fluffy caramel cream cheese frosting uses a combination of butter and cream cheese for the fat, and bottled caramel sauce and confectioners' sugar for sweetness.
- Chocolate American buttercream frosting gets its flavor from melted unsweetened chocolate and milk.
- Fluffy cocoa frosting features a mixture of flour and milk that is cooked, cooled, and added to cocoa powder, butter, and sugar for thickness.